BEAVERTON, Ore. – The City of Beaverton is now accepting applications from community groups for 2017 Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to small, community-driven projects that are designed to bring together immigrants and non-immigrants. Grants are intended to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, support welcoming and connected neighborhoods, build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and foster pride in Beaverton’s diverse community.
Community based organizations, faith based organizations, school based groups, or community groups are eligible to apply. 501(c)(3) designation is not required. Grant-funded activities must take place in Beaverton during Welcoming Week, which runs from Sept. 15 to 24, 2017.
Successful projects will be interactive, allowing for hands-on learning and/or active participation in the activity. Past grant projects include an African cooking class; Taiwanese tea ceremony; small business fair; music, dance, and theater performances with workshops and discussion; open house at the Islamic Center of Portland; and an educational session on naturalization with mock interviews.
Applications are due Friday, May 12. To apply, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WelcomingBeaverton. The application is available online in English and Spanish.
ABOUT WELCOMING BEAVERTON
Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants are part of the larger Welcoming Beaverton initiative, which recognizes, welcomes, and supports the successful integration of the local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all.
Beaverton will host its third annual Welcoming Week in September 2017. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events that bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. The events raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming and engage immigrants and non-immigrants in activities to strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding.
The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon’s sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is “The Best of Oregon.”
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Caption 1: The City of Beaverton is accepting applications from community groups for 2017 Welcoming Beaverton mini-grants. Projects should be interactive and include hands-on learning or active participation in an activity. Previous grant-funded events have included a Taiwanese tea ceremony (pictured, from 2016 Welcoming Week). (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Caption 2: A Taste of Africa cooking class (pictured) was one of 2016 Welcoming Week’s activities in Beaverton. The city is now accepting applications for interactive, hands-on projects for 2017 Welcoming Week, which will be Sept. 15-24. (Photo/City of Beaverton)