In February 2019, Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve an Enhanced Services District in the Central Eastside, the first ESD in Portland in nearly 20 years. Known as Central Eastside Together, the ESD is managed by the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC), the area’s business association. Its goal is to ensure that the district is safe for all, enhance the pedestrian experience, to reinforce economic viability and to promote Central Eastside’s unique identity through innovative and highly-responsive programs including the Community Grant Program.
Central Eastside Together Community Grant Program just awarded a first round of funding, totaling over $44,000, to 6 non-profit organizations completing projects within the District.
Central Eastside Together Community Grants Program focuses on these areas: houseless services, workforce development, placemaking, community building, environmental stewardship & citizen engagement. The grant is funded through the Enhanced Services District as outlined in the ESD service plan.
Executive Director, Kate Merrill said, “During the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to come together as a community in support of projects that reflect our district values, to the benefit of all. This first round of funding supports the goals of our ESD.
"We are excited to see the momentum these projects will bring.”
The following organizations received funding:
Central Eastside Together will offer the next round of funding in Fall 2020.
For more information on Central Eastside Together Community Grant Program please visit: http://ceic.cc/community-grant-program/