funding sources

A collection of links to potential funding sources for green alley programming, development and activation. Note, recreation-based sources do not generally fund projects with automobile transportation components.

For Agencies and Institutions:


Art Place America National Creative Placemaking Fund

EPA Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

US DOT TIGER Grant (2017-2019)
(Minimum $5 million request)

US EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

US EPA Environmental Education Grant Program

US NFWF Environmental Solutions for Communities

US NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program

US HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning (SCRP) Grant Program

National USDOT/FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) Implementation Guidance
(Revised by the FAST Act)

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Partners for Places Program

Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge (26 Knight Cities)

Oregon or PNW Specific

Oregon ODOT/DLCD TGM Program Grant and Community Assistance Program

Oregon Metro Regional Flexible Funding for Transportation Projects

Oregon Metro Community Planning and Development Grants

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Land and Water Conservation Fund Program

Oregon Deparment of Recreation Local Government Grant Program

Oregon OACD Nonpoint Source Grant

East Multnomah County EMSWCD Partners in Conservation (PIC) Plus Grant

Oregon Business Community Development Block Program
(for rural low-income communities)


Et al.

California Urban Greening Grant Program

California Water Resources Control Board Stormwater Grant Program

California Coastal Conservancy Grants

For Community Projects:


Art Place America National Creative Placemaking Fund

IOBY Neighborhood Crowdfunding and Resource Organizing 501c3 Sponsor and Platform

US EPA Urban Waters Small Grants

US NEA Our Town Grant

Bullitt Foundation Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities
(construction not eligigible)

National Association of Realtors Placemaking Microgrant

National Association of Realtors Smart Growth Grant

Project for Public Spaces Heart of the Community Grant

The Surdna Foundation Sustainable Environments Program

Oregon or PNW

The Brainerd Foundation Grassroots Fund

Oregon Metro Community Planning and Development Grants

Oregon Metro Community Grants

Oregon Community Foundation Community Grant Program


Prosper Portland Community Livability Grant

East Portland Neighborhood Office’s Community Activities Fund

Portland BES CWSP Grant

Portland BES % For Green


Et al.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Public Spaces, Community Places

San Francisco Planning Department Community Challenge Grant

Longmont CO Alleyscape Incentive Grant
(PDF Format)

NYC Neighborhood Plaza Partnership Grant

NYC Citizens Committee For New York City Neighborhood Grants

Cleveland Neighborhood Connections Grant

Minnesota Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Grants