Neighborhood Empowerment Grants (NEG) help neighbors work together to accomplish common goals that support the overall health, vitality and inclusivity of the place they call "home." The City of Corvallis offers these grants to neighbors that are willing to match funding through cash, in-kind donation, and volunteer hours.

In the past, the grant program has funded items such as neighborhood association newsletters, landscape improvements, historic property brochures, education programs and senior services.

This is a competitive grant program. Applications are reviewed by the Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board, and selected grants are awarded by the City Council. Grant amounts are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000 each.

Proposal Review Criteria
Neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, and ad-hoc groups of neighbors who see a need in their neighborhood in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

• Organizational – Strengthens communication, builds relationships between neighbors, promotes inclusivity and diversity, or supports capacity-building and leadership development.

• Neighborhood – Creates or improves a shared space within a neighborhood, improves the overall appearance of the neighborhood, provides a new or improves existing neighborhood asset, or strengthens neighborhood identity.

• Livability – Increases health and/or safety, provides education or training, addresses a neighborhood conflict or challenge, or serves senior or low income residences.

How to Apply
Grant Period: Feb. 7, 2017 to March 17, 2017

Deadline: All materials must be received by 5 p.m. March 17

Applications can be completed electronically and in hardcopy. Hardcopy applications can be picked up at the Housing and Neighborhoods Services Division, located on the first floor of City Hall, or mailed upon request.

Two reference documents are available to help with the application process. You are encouraged to review them.

Grant workshop: Prospective applicants are invited to a grant workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW 9th St. City staff will be available to answer questions about the program and the application process.

Neighbors who receive a grant award are required to complete a brief summary of the project outcomes and submit a minimum of two visual items to illustrate the project (photos, printed materials, etc.)

Contact Us
For more information, email the Housing and Neighborhoods Services Division or call 541-766-6552.

Last updated: 3/3/2017 2:35:06 PM