Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) is committed to broaden community engagement and leadership.  We awarded $11,000 in grants to four community groups and organizations that will engage diverse neighbors in the new year.  We are grateful  the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) invested $9,330 and CNN $1,670.  More significantly $150,000 in donations and other contributions will be leveraged by the grantees to accomplish community building goals.

Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, $2000             

Community Cycling Center with Hacienda CDC

To support bicycle advocacy and community leadership program activities. This partnership engages Cully’s Latino community in clinics,  workshops, community events such as Sunday Parkways, and skill building.

Community Organizing with the African American Community in Cully, $3000

Living Cully with Urban League of Portland
To cultivate culturally focused engagement and advocacy with Cully’s African American community. Funds will be used for outreach, organizing community meetings, and building networks.

New Year in the Park, $3000 
Hmong American Community of Oregon

To support immigrant and refugee community organizing for the SE Asian New Year celebration at Glenhaven Park in Madison South. The event builds leadership and strengthens partnerships between diverse groups.

Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, $3000
Race Talks World Arts Foundation 

To conduct outreach and a training program for volunteer leaders from the CNN area at Race Talks. Educational panel events open to all at the McMenamins Kennedy School.

Building Community Together!
The Small Grants Program supports efforts that  achieve one or more of the following goals:
 Increase the number and diversity of people who are engaged in their communities and neighborhoods.
 Strengthen community and neighborhood capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and/or partnerships.
 Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.