About the Neighborhood Partnership Program

The Neighborhood Partnership Program helps Salem neighbors and community partners make a difference where they live and work.  Collaborating with the City through a two-year partnership program, your group identifies neighborhood strengths and challenges, sets goals, and coordinates efforts to strengthen your neighborhood and leverage additional resources.

Some examples of past community building activities include neighborhood celebrations, health fairs, concerts in parks, crime prevention efforts, community gardens, free activities for kids, and a children’s lending library.

Partnership projects

Examples of past community building activities include:

  • Neighborhood celebrations
  • Crime prevention efforts
  • Beautification projects
  • Community gardens
  • Neighborhood walking groups
  • Free activities for kids
  • Little free libraries
  • Health fairs
  • Concerts in parks

Partnership areas

All of the neighborhood areas involved in the Partnership Program are still actively building community:

Neighborhood Partnerships typically see huge returns on small investments. In 2015, the Partnership Program leveraged $270,377 in combined donations, volunteer and in-kind contributions with $5,600 in City funds.

Partnership benefits

The program has provided opportunities for residents, businesses, churches, and other community groups to work together to:

  • Identify challenges
  • Organize activities and projects
  • Leverage additional resources

Past Neighborhood Partnership teams have contributed to:

  • Reduced crime rates
  • Educated and empowered citizens
  • Cleaner streets and parks
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars in leveraged contributions
  • More neighbors talking and watching out for one another
  • Increased awareness of resources
  • Better neighborhood livability

​Application process

Partnership applications are available late summer of each year for anyone with an idea on how to improve their part of Salem. Proposals are evaluated by City staff, scored based upon demonstrated neighborhood need, measurable goals and readiness of partners to work with the City in addressing them. The group that is selected receives two years of direct City support which includes staff time and a small amount of money.

​2018-19 application forms available

Do you have ideas about how to make your neighborhood a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable place to live? In addition to providing support to the neighborhood associations, the City collaborates with two neighborhood areas focusing on community building through the Neighborhood Partnership (NP) Program.

The 2018-2019 partnership application is now available. Applications are due November 1, 2017.

Proposals are evaluated by City staff, scored based upon demonstrated neighborhood need, measurable goals and readiness of partners to work with the City in addressing them. The group that is selected receives two years of direct City support which includes staff time and a small amount of money.

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