Spring 2018 Grant Awards

Portland Parks Foundation offers a small grants program to support community organizations working to create or care for public parks and park programs, community gardens and natural areas.  The program is founded on a generous bequest from Nancy Hebb Freeman, an artist, hiker and lover of Portland parks.  Learn more here. Here are our Spring 2018 grant recipients:


Urban Nature Partners PDX

Grant Purpose: Program costs associated with mentoring youth through outings in parks. 

Urban Nature Partners PDX empowers youth from historically under-served Portland neighborhoods through long term one-on-one mentoring relationships and access to meaningful outdoor experiences. Our grant will help fund weekly one-on-one mentor-youth outings primarily in Cully, Lents, and Portsmouth neighborhood green spaces. 


Friends of Terwilliger

Grant Purpose: Hiring a social media specialist for outreach.

Friends of Terwilliger is an active group of volunteers dedicated to protecting and enhancing the historic and scenic character of Terwilliger Parkway. Our grant will allow them to construct, plan and implement key social media messages that encourage young people to volunteer with the organization.


Learning Gardens Laboratory


Grant Purpose: Underwriting a volunteer coordinator to build capacity through overseeing neighborhood outreach.

The Learning Gardens Lab supports academic achievement, leadership development and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students and community members. Our grant will allow them to create community connections through increased staffing, produce professional materials in multiple languages to better communicate with neighbors, and coordinate food donations with the Food Pantry at Lane Middle School.

Other Grant Recipients

We visited with the Friends of Mt. Tabor Weed Warriors program to learn how they've used a PPF grant we awarded them in 2017. They were able to use funds to produce materials and build their fundraising capacity. It's paid off big time! Watch this video to meet Mary Kinnick and learn more about the work at Mt. Tabor.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Kamla Hurst, Development & Program Officer, khurst@portlandpf.org, (503) 445-0994.