First things first: Happy New Year!
Secondly, the BCA got some great news today when we learned that our application to the Neighborhood Small Grant Program for a grant to help fund our 2nd annual Buckman Picnic in the Park had been approved!
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Neighborhood Small Grants Program funds a wide variety of community projects in Portland’s seven neighborhood districts each year. The goal of the program is to provide neighborhood and community organizations the opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members, and sustain those already involved.
Each year, a grant selection committee convenes to review applications in depth. The committee then makes recommendations on grant approval to the SE Uplift Board of Directors. Our grant application was one of those recommended to and approved by the SE Uplift Board.
Last summer saw the inaugural Buckman Picnic in the Park, which was a rousing success. This year, the BCA applied to the Neighborhood Small Grant Program for a $4000 grant to help fund the second installment of the picnic. We were awarded a $2000 grant. The money will go a long way towards ensuring that this year’s event is even bigger and better.
The Picnic in the Park is held the second Sunday of every August from 4-8pm at Col. Summers Park, SE 17th and Taylor Street. We’re always looking for volunteers to help plan, coordinate, and staff this fun, active family event. Please contact the BCA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in helping.
Read more about the grant on Southeast Uplift’s website: http://www.southeastuplift.org/content/2011-neighborhood-small-grants.