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Applications for the Gresham Community Enhancement Grant program are now being accepted through Nov. 30.

The city of Gresham has grant funds available to groups and projects working to make the community a better place.

Applications for the Gresham Community Enhancement Grant program are now being accepted through Nov. 30. Thanks to a partnership with Metro regional government, about $20,000 is available for projects that improve economic opportunities, neighborhood livability, public safety and more.

"Whatever your great project idea is, it must provide a benefit to Gresham residents," said Joe Walsh, senior manager of Neighborhood Youth and Prosperity.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit and charitable organizations, neighborhood associations, schools and institutions of higher learning, faith-based groups and local government advisory committees, departments or special districts.

Gresham's Community Enhancement Program was established in 2017 after the longtime waste collection site on Northwest Birdsdale became a solid waste franchise of Metro. Metro compensates the city by distributing $1 per ton for all solid waste collected at the station, which is then dispersed to community organizations in the form of enhancement grants.

Information about the program, including grant instructions and forms, can be found online at https://greshamoregon.gov/Community-Enhancement-Grants/.

Those interested can also attend an informational session from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. To RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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