Neighborhood Micro-grant Overview and Priorities
We hope to fund the vast majority of requests that homegroups and other groups of Evergreeners might submit. This could range from providing funds to help buy supplies for a neighborhood block party, to meeting specific financial needs of someone’s neighbor (e.g. utility bills). However, if/when we are short on funds or have more requests than funds available, we will prioritize requests based on the following criteria:
- Focus on hyper-local requests – in other words, not just Portland metro area needs, but needs that people are aware of in their own neighborhoods and circles of influence, among people they know or would like to know better.
- Focus on people and situations that are under-resourced and/or financially needy
- Focus on sweat equity/other involvement – where there is more than just money being brought to bear on the situation (e.g. volunteer time, skills, other resources)
- Focus on relational connectedness – where the funds are helping build relationship in some way
- Focus on scenarios where the homegroup/group couldn’t otherwise fund it on their own
Neighborhood Micro-grant Requests
When your homegroup or other group has an idea that you would like to fund, request funds by responding to the following questions, via email, and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. She will share the request with the benevolence team and we will reply within a week with an answer of whether we are able to fund it.
- What are you going to do? (brief description)
- Who is going to be involved? (list Evergreen people’s names)
- How much do you need?
- What’s your buy-in? (what are you contributing – including time, skills, money, etc.)
- What’s the relational impact?
- Who is going to give a report back to the community afterward? (We prefer to have someone share on a Sunday morning, but can write something up for the weekly email and/or The Table if that works better)