City Invites Empowerment Grant Applications

The popular Empowerment Grant program will begin accepting applications on April 1. This year, a total of $15,000 is available for small cash grants from the City of Corvallis to fund projects around the community. The grant program is inviting applications from the community in two broad categories:

  • Neighborhood Empowerment Grants are focused on improving geographic areas in Corvallis. Past projects have included landscape improvements, neighborhood events, public art installations, education programs, and training services.
  • Community Empowerment Grants are focused on assisting individuals and organizations doing enriching work throughout Corvallis. Example grants include cultural events, guest lectures, and outreach campaigns. Often this work cuts across different geographic areas and may serve diverse community groups.

Empowerment grants are typically in the range of $250 to $600 each, though larger sums are available for applicants who can partner with a nonprofit organization to receive the funds on their behalf. Anyone can apply for an Empowerment Grant, though some restrictions and guidelines may apply. Visit to learn more.

Applications will be accepted from April 1 to April 30, with grant funding expected to be distributed in June.

This is a competitive grant program. Applications will be reviewed by City staff with input from the City’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Board. Selected grants will be awarded by the City Council. Successful applications will demonstrate clear support from the Corvallis community through volunteers, matching funds, and donations.

Anytime on or after April 1, potential applicants are encouraged to visit to apply online or download an application packet. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. April 30, 2024 for this grant cycle.

For more information on empowerment grants, contact Michael Olkin at

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