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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Neighborhood Program

  • Rosewood Mural Rosewood Initiative Mural in Portland's Centennial Neighborhood, covers the back wall of a gas station which was constantly defaced.

Portland's nationally recognized neighborhood system is made up of 95 recognized, independent neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalition offices that represent the entire city of Portland.

Office of Community & Civic Life works to create community-building partnerships, provide technical assistance to other City bureau's outreach and involvement efforts, and trains community members in leadership and community organizing skills.

Civic Life provides grant funding that helps the district coalitions provide support and technical assistance to the volunteer-based neighborhood associations, community groups, and individual citizen-activists.

Civic Life supports Portland's Neighborhood System primarily through:

  • Grants to the seven district coalitions to provide support and tech assistance to the neighborhood associations in their districts.

  • Neighborhood Small Grants Program

  • Training events

  • Technical assistance and problem solving

  • Best practices materials

  • Civic Life Standards

  • Liaison and coordination with City bureaus on issues that affect NAs and Coalitions

  • Support for the monthly neighborhood coalition directors and chairs meeting

For more information about Civic Life Neighborhood program contact: Mingus Mapps, 503-823-5827

Notifications View all »

  1. Mar 27

    Portland Utility Board meetings postponed until further notice

    Due to the need to protect public health and focus energies in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the Portland Utility Board meetings have been postponed until further notice.

  2. Mar 27

    Portland Parks Foundation Small Grants Program - Deadline Extended to April 21

    We started our grants program to help small organizations thrive. If yours is struggling in this time of disruption, consider applying for a small grant to continue providing services any time within the next year.

  3. Mar 24

    University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Community Engagement Grants Program

    The Community Engagement Grant Program was created to provide financial support to Oregon-based non-profit organizations to promote full access, capacity building, systemic change and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.

  4. Mar 16

    Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Closed Through the End of March

    Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to close the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods office through the end of this month. Staff will be working remotely and are available via phone and email.

  5. Mar 13

    Office of Community & Civic Life limiting walk-in hours during State of Emergency

    Walk-in hours for Liquor Licensing and Noise: Monday and Wednesday from 9am – 1pm; Walk-in hours for Cannabis: Tuesday and Thursday from 9am – 3pm