Community & Neighborhood Matching Grants Program

Document[2]The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program can help in building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas. Applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis.

Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the neighborhood boundary in which the project is located. A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school PTO or site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.

What types of projects are considered?

Projects may include, but are not limited to; public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood; those that build a safer and more welcoming community for marginalized or vulnerable community
members; physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens, and projects that improve universal accessibility; and Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).

If your project involves property that your organization or applicant group does not own you will need to get written approval from the owner. For private property, the owner of the parcel must approve the project. For projects on school grounds documentation is required from the District and school principal.

  • 4J School District contacts: Kerry Delf, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations, at 541-687-3245 ( or Harlan Coats, Facilities Management, 541-790-7409 (

See the Guidelines for Smaller Project>>
See the FY18 Application for Smaller Projects>>

If you need more information or have questions please contact Cindy Koehler at 541-682-5272.

Lane Education Service Board Vacancy: Zone 1

The Lane ESD Board of Directors announced a Board Vacancy for Position 1, Zone 1 at the April 3, 2018 Lane Education Service District Board of Directors Meeting.

The Vacancy Announcement for the Zone 1 Board Member position is available on the Lane ESD website,

  • Zone 1 is located in the Eugene School District, north of 11th Avenue.
  • The Board will accept applications until May 25, 2018. Applications will be collected by the Executive Assistant.
  • Interested parties should be prepared to be interviewed by the Board at the June 5, 2018 Board meeting. The Board will make a selection following interviews and immediately appoint.

Lane ESD is committed to working in partnership with schools, families, and communities to help students succeed. To learn more about Lane ESD, visit

What Parent Leaders Want

At the April 30 Parent Leaders meeting, we completed a Organization Development Needs Assessment survey for our group to determine the type of training and organizational development activities we are most interested in accessing during the 2018-2019 school year.


After evaluating the results, the topics that were of highest interest were

  • School improvement,
  • Facilitation,
  • Energizers, warm-ups and ice breakers,
  • Group agreements and norms, and
  • Communication.

Some of the specific skills we wanted to build included increasing diversity/inclusivity in our parent groups, volunteer recruitment, supporting transitions (betwen elementary/middle/high), 4J policies and procedures, and fundraising.

Moving forward, Heather Sielicki and Rita Gillihan will meet with Brooke Wagner to schedule dates for next year.

Eugene School District unrings high school bell proposal

A high school bell schedule that runs from 9:05 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. is no longer an option on the table as a potential Eugene district schedule change for the 2018-19 school year.

Eugene School Board Chair Eileen Nittler announced to a crowd of about 50 people at a class schedule forum Wednesday that the board had heard “loud and clear” from the community that a 4:10 p.m. high school release time is not something they should pursue.

“We heard from the community that it’s not something they want, so we’re not going to do it,” Nittler said.

Exactly what time high schools in the district will start and end their school day has not been decided, but Nittler said the community responded with a number of concerns about the later start time and end time, including after-school sports, clubs, transportation problems, child care conflicts and concern about students getting enough sleep among other things. Read more…

Climbing school-reform’s Everest

OPINION – Register Guard

A stubborn obstacle to efforts to improve Oregon’s education system is that people think they know what schools are like — everyone once attended school, and many have children or grandchildren enrolled now. That makes everyone an expert, and experts don’t need to listen to others.

But schools today are different than they were a generation ago, or even five years ago. So are the social, political and economic contexts surrounding public education. And anyone who imagines that their children or grandchildren are giving them a complete picture of what’s going on in their schools understands neither young people nor schools.

The difficult job of setting aside outdated or misinformed ideas about the current state of Oregon’s schools begins with a willingness to listen. For that reason, it’s encouraging that the state Legislature’s latest effort to come up with an education reform plan is starting with a statewide listening tour. The first stop was in Lane County on March 26. Read more…