Community and Neighborhood Matching Grants

The Community and Neighborhood Matching Grants (CNMG) program began in 2000 with the adoption of Council Resolution 4632. In that time we’ve funded 151 projects in our neighborhoods. The benefits of the CNMG program go well beyond the financial investment and are an important tool for building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas.

The purpose of the Community & Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is to encourage Eugene residents to collaboratively identify and actively participate in making improvements in their neighborhoods and the broader community through their neighborhood association, community group or ad hoc group.  Community member involvement and building relationships are key components of the program and are encouraged by requiring that: 

  • the project budget include a match amount equal to, or greater than, the grant request; 
  • communication with and general support of the neighborhood association impacted or the Neighborhood Leaders Council; 
  • and documentation of broader neighborhood and/or community support.  

Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our community assets through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion while balancing our community’s social, economic and environmental values are additional components of any project proposal submitted. Additionally, this year Eugene is hosting the World Athletics Championship – Oregon22, which provides Eugene and surrounding communities an incredible opportunity to showcase the Eugene community and entire Willamette Valley. Projects that foster community pride and inspire a sense of belonging will be given extra consideration. Now more than ever, we are looking at this opportunity as the moment in time to welcome and inspire the world while actively healing from the challenges presented to our community over the past year.

Application process

Applications open on July 1 and remain open while allocated funds for the current fiscal year are available.  Funded projects must be completed by June 1 the following year.


SMALL PROJECTS ($5,000 or less in funding):

See list of all projects funded between 2000 and 2021 (PDF).

If you need more information or have questions please contact Cindy Koehler