NECN Small Grants Return

Grant Proposals Due: 5 PM, November 1, 2012.

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $10,220 in small grants to neighborhood, business and community-based groups through a grant announced September 1, 2012. The goal of the grant program is to provide opportunities for building community and increasing and sustaining involvement in neighborhood associations, district coalitions and the community at-large. This program prioritizes engagement of historically under-represented organizations representing people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered people. Click here for more information and to download our application.

Considering applying for one of NECN’s grants? Join NECN for a Small Grants Orientation to learn more! Orientation will be on October 4, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, King Neighborhood Facility, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

This informational session will answer questions about the application, the committee review process, what funds can be used for and NECN’s unique priorities. The session will also include a brief overview of basic grant writing tips. RSVP to Babs at 503-388-6100 or

N/NE Economic Development Panel Discussion

Join the NECN Community Economic Development Council for:
A Framework for Community Economic Development in N/NE Portland

Learn how current state, regional and city policies shape neighborhood-level community economic development. Panelists will address how governmental policies and programs set the stage for local work and translate into community benefits.

Join us on Wednesday, February 1st at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta, Portland. Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and refreshments, program from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Panel Speakers include:
• Karen Wilde Goddin, Managing Director of the Business, Innovation and Trade Division, Oregon Business Development Department
• Charles A. Wilhoite, Commissioner, Portland Development Commission and Managing Director, Willamette Management Associates.
• John R. Williams, Deputy Director – Planning and Development, Metro
• Rey España, Director of Community Development, Native American Youth and Family Center
This event is part of an ongoing series. Please join us for this and future events as we explore economic development. For additional information please see the attached flyer, visit or call 503.823.4575.

Click here for the flyer:ExploringEconomicDevelwSpeak

News from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.


NECN Hosts Neighborhood Association Board Orientation:

NECN will offer a training covering skills to improve your effectiveness within your neighborhood association.  We welcome both new and  long-time board members.  This fun and interactive training will be relevant to anyone involved with their neighborhood association.

Topics include an overview of Portland’s community involvement system, NECN’s information sharing and advocacy model, board roles responsibilities and regulations, ways to make your meetings welcoming and small group discussions on common neighborhood challenges!

Wednesday, November 30th from 6 to 9pm at NECN, Light Refreshments will be served

RSVP Requested: or call 503-823-4575


NECN’s Safety and Livability Team to host Josiah Hill III Clinic Healthy Homes workshop:

Monday, November 21st at 7:00pm at NECN

Come to our Healthy Homes workshop, where participants will learn simple strategies for improving the “health” of their home environment. Reduce your family’s exposure to the contaminants and chemicals that can trigger asthma, allergies and other health concerns. Win prizes, make recipes and play games while discussing healthy, cost-effective alternatives to store-bought cleaners!


The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is proud to announce that we are offering another round of Solarize NE!

We are seeking applicants to serve on a RFP Selection Committee, which will evaluate proposals based on defined project goals. Please contact NECN staff Gene Lee or Benjamin Adrian at 503-823-4575.

Registration will be open late 2011 through Spring 2012. For updates on the Solarize project, please view the project website at


Northeast Coalition Community Committees 

  • Land Use and Transportation Committee

Next meeting: Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00pm, at NECN.

Please note, due to upcoming holidays, November and December meetings have been consolidated into one meeting on December 7th.

  • Safety and Livability Team

Next meeting: Monday, November 21st, 6:30pm at NECN.

  • Community Economic Development Council

Next meeting: Thursday, November 17th, 8:00am – 9:30am at NECN. Thanks to everyone who attended the first Speaker Series Event – over 100 people in attendance.


Special Event: North Williams Community Forum
Monday, November 28, 2011 – from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Immaculate Heart Church, N Williams and Stanton

Based on public interest, the project team has begun work on planning a forum in which community members and City leaders can explore together how issues of privilege and exclusion relate to the process of making decisions about investment in public infrastructure.  Please contact Ellen Vanderslice, or 503-823-4638, to contribute to the planning process.

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Main number: 503.823.4575 | Fax Number: 503.823.3150

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SALT Committee to Discuss FoLT Agreement

The new community leadership organization (Friends of Last Thursday, or FoLT) which seeks to lead the planning of Last Thursday with city mentorship is seeking community members to serve on its steering committee. Last week FoLT distributed an agreement for prospective members to sign indicating that they are supporters of the event and will work to keep it going without additional regulation. A number of community members have expressed concerns that the bar for participating with FoLT in an oversight role as laid out in the agreement is too high.

The FoLT steering committee is apparently down to six members at present, after two of them, Bill Leissner and Jeanne Giles, were removed due to their refusal to sign the agreement. Mr. Leissner said in an email that he and Jeanne were the most outspoken members concerning neighborhood impacts and that he understands that the Community Impact Committee has been eliminated. There will be a discussion of Last Thursday issues at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods’ SALT (Safety and Livability Team) meeting tonight, Monday April 18th, 6:30 pm at NECN, 4815 NE 7th avenue.

View the calendar announcement here.

Read the Friends of Last Thursday agreement here