Community Outreach Grant Recipients for 2019

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Community Outreach Grant winners, with a total of $10,527.45 going to the community. This year we received 22 grant applications from a cross section of non-profits. Not all proposers asked for the full $2500. The following five applicants were chosen as the 2019 recipients:

Cape Horn Conservancy
The Cape Horn Trail is one of the closest Gorge trails to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area and features gorgeous views, rocky crags, two waterfalls and an abundance of native flowers including the sensitive species tall bugbane. The Cape Horn Conservancy manages the work of volunteer work parties to restore damage to the trail, remove invasive species and educate hikers on the value of native flora. Partnerships with the Native Plant Society and the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management area help engage the public and expand awareness. The Conservancy will use their $1127.45 grant to purchase native seed and hand tools needed for the restoration work by their volunteer crews.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge
The Friends (FOG) will use their $2500 grant to purchase native plants and seeds for restoration work after the Eagle Creek fire. The 2017 Eagle Creek fire made the gorge more vulnerable than ever to invasive plants. In 2018 the FOG launched a public land stewardship program to address this concern, by working with volunteer crews to remove invasive species and then plant natives in the newly opened up areas.
This grant is a great complement to the GCA Restoration Grant of $10,000 that was routed to the OR State Parks Department and the PGC Mission Fund Grant of $2500 that went to Trail Keepers of Oregon for trail work. All three organizations play important roles in the overall recovery efforts that will ultimately help heal and restore our beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Growing Gardens
Growing Gardens provides resources, education and support to low-income families, schools, and correctional facilities. Their programs teach practical and affordable gardening methods to build soil, conserve water, promote biodiversity, provide food and habitat to pollinators and decrease use of pesticides. Each year their programs support over 200 families, nine schools, and 15 correctional facilities. Growing Gardens will use their $2500 grant to provide garden tools that will help their participants grow food organically and contribute to the health of the soil, watershed and wildlife. Their programs utilize a grassroots approach, providing participants with the resources to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables and to connect to practices that promote earth stewardship.

Oregon Zoo Foundation
The Oregon Silverspot butterfly, once common in coastal grasslands near the Pacific Ocean, was listed as threatened in 1980. Their populations have suffered serious declines due to the development of coastal headlands and habitat degradation through fire suppression, grazing and invasion of non-native species. This population crash prompted US Fish and Wildlife to begin a supplementation program in partnership with the OR Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo.
Silverspots rely on a single plant – the early blue violet – to complete its life cycle. The success of a sustainable population will be dependent on a captive rearing and habitat restoration program, which the OR Zoo has been participating in since 1999. Since its inception the OR Zoo has released 20,000 Silverspot pupae into the wild.
The Oregon Zoo Foundation will use their $2500 grant to offset the cost of the production of violets that are used to feed the captive pupae. These violets are grown at the zoo and at Coffee Creek Woman’s Correctional facility as part of a unique job skills program. At a certain stage the pupae are taken from the zoo and placed in protective cages at the coast. In addition, blue violet seedlings are planted by volunteers at these coastal meadows to provide food and nectar for the caterpillars and butterflies, slowly restoring critical habitat for future Silver spot populations.

SW Trails PDX
The SW Trail Restoration project is located along a popular community trail 3.6 miles from downtown Portland. SW Trails PDX has helped to build and maintain over 40 miles of trails in the area, including the famous 4-T Trail. Over the years this particular trail has become a demonstration project for native plants, habitat restoration and stormwater management. SW Trails PDX will use their $1900 grant to install a native pollinator garden (designed by Sue Van Loon, a retired head gardener for the Bishop Close Garden). The project will involve removal of ivy by SOLV and neighborhood volunteers, and installation of 150 native plants, shrubs and trees as well as a bug hotel. The pollinator garden will be located at a very visible site on the corner of SW 25thAve and Bertha Blvd.

Past PGC Grant Recipients
2018 Recipients
·        The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas
·        Tucker Maxon Elementary School
·        Friends of Trees
·        Mary Rieke Elementary School
·        The Bloom Project
2017 Recipients
·        Home Forward Community Partnership
·        Rigler Elementary School
·        Schoolyard Farms
2016 Recipients
·        Depave. From Parking Lots to Paradise
·        Lord and Schryver Conservancy
·        Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
2015 Recipients
·        Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
·        Portland Fruit Tree Project
2014 Recipients
·       Friends of Trees
.       Growing Gardens

Community Outreach Grant applications deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm

2019-20 Community Outreach Grant Request Form will be posted November 15, 2019