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Small Grant Application Form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Small Grant Application Form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Purpose

SOLVE provides two grants to Volunteer Leaders to offset the cost of creating successful and sustainable volunteer projects.

 

  1. SOLVE Small Grant - SOLVE provides reimbursable small grants of up to $50 to support grass roots and community efforts. A limited number of grants are available to supplement project material and supply costs, assisting in creating successful and sustainable projects. See the list below for some of the things SOLVE small grants pay for. Individuals must apply for support prior to any listed deadlines in order to be eligible for a small grant.
  2. Metro Disposal Reimbursement Grant - SOLVE is providing disposal reimbursement grants from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 thanks to generous funding provided by Metro. A limited number of grants are available to reimburse disposal fees within the specific area in blue in the map below, assisting in creating successful and sustainable projects. Individuals must apply for this disposal support prior to making any purchases so we can confirm that you are in the right service area and that there are still funds to cover your expenses.

Eligibility of SOLVE Small Grants

SOLVE small grants for volunteer projects are limited. Approval for these grants is based on economic need, scope of project, geographic diversity and the sustainability of the project over time.

Each volunteer event coordinator or community group may receive one grant per calendar year.

What’s Free

Approved SOLVE projects are eligible to receive free SOLVE supplies. These include bags, sharps containers, vinyl gloves, small first aid kits, safety vests and volunteer coordinator handbooks. SOLVE staff are available to provide training and support to make sure you have a successful event.

Examples of how grants can be used:

  • Work gloves
  • Tools (must be made available for future SOLVE projects)
  • Native trees and shrubs
  • Mulch
  • Plant cages
  • Waste disposal fees

Examples of how grants cannot be used:

  • Wages
  • Volunteer transportation expenses (i.e. fuel, car/bus rental, etc.)
  • Food, gifts or parties for volunteers
  • Personal equipment, phone bills
  • Fundraising activities
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Publication and distribution of promotional items (posters, signs, flyers) - we will update this page if this item is covered again through our small grants.
  • Supplies used for activities outside SOLVE's focus areas. SOLVE's focus areas are: cleanup of litter and illegal dumpsites, non-native invasive plant removal, planting of native trees and shrubs, and monitoring and maintenance of restoration sites.

 

Eligibility of Metro Disposal Reimbursement Grant

Your project must be within the Portland metro area to qualify to the Metro Disposal Reimbursement Grant. There is no funding limit for this reimbursement for any disposal expenses including dumpsters, delivery, or transfer station fees, but all purchases must be discussed and agreed upoin with your SOLVE program coordinator before you can apply for reimbursement. 

Volunteer groups may apply for multiple disposal reimbursements within the eligible location and that take place before the end of the program. This opportunity ends June 30, 2022.

 

Location

Disposal grants can only be used within the Portland metro boundary. 

Grant Use

Metro Disposal Reimbursement Grants are designed to help offset some of the on-the-ground costs for a project.

Examples of how a disposal grant can be used:

  • Ordering a dumpster
  • Waste disposal fees
  • Arranging for a hauler to pick up your project's collected items. 

Examples of how a disposal grant cannot be used:

  • Wages
  • Volunteer transportation expenses (i.e. fuel, car/bus rental, etc.)
  • Food, gifts or parties for volunteers
  • Personal equipment, phone bills
  • Fundraising activities
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Publication and distribution of promotional items (posters, signs, flyers) - we will update this page if this item is covered again through our small grants.
  • Supplies used for activities outside SOLVE's focus areas. SOLVE's focus areas are: cleanup of litter and illegal dumpsites, non-native invasive plant removal, planting of native trees and shrubs, and monitoring and maintenance of restoration sites.

 

In-Kind Donations

To help with additional event related costs, many SOLVE leaders have had luck asking for in-kind donations from local businesses. Feel free to use our In-Kind Donation Form when inquiring so they can use our tax-id number and we can send them a thank you!

  • Supplies used for activities outside SOLVE's focus areas. SOLVE's focus areas are: cleanup of litter and illegal dumpsites, non-native invasive plant removal, planting of native trees and shrubs, and monitoring and maintenance of restoration sites.

If you aren't sure which program, email your SOLVE program coordinator

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