Are you looking to make a difference in your Salem neighborhood? The City of Salem is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020
Neighborhood Partnership Program. For more than 21 years the Neighborhood Partnership Program has provided grants and City support to help residents and community partners make Salem a better place. The partnership program focuses a neighborhood's strengths to solve problems. Examples include increased crime prevention efforts, education and empowerment of residents, and cleaner streets and parks.
Those wishing to take advantage of the Neighborhood Partnership Program can apply for two-years of City support for a defined geographic area. Applications are evaluated by City staff from multiple departments and scored based on demonstrated neighborhood need, defined and measurable goals, and readiness of partners to address the issues. Applications are due by November 1, 2018.
"Through the partnership groups, I get to work with neighbors and community partners who recognize challenges, but are motivated to combine their skills and resources to make positive changes," says Jessica Loewen Preis, Program Coordinator for the City. "Through our efforts, neighbors report that they feel more connected and engaged, often learning about opportunities that they had no idea were available right where they lived."
In 2017 the Neighborhood Partnership Program turned a $5,600 working budget into more than $325,000 in combined donations, volunteer, and in-kind contributions to improve areas in east Salem and the Edgewater area of west Salem. Neighborhood strengthening efforts include monthly walking cruises, a farmers market, town hall meetings, Little Free Libraries, urban gardens, community celebrations, a soccer program and more.
Download 2019-20 Neighborhood Partnership Application