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Green Festival Community Award

Green Festivals Award 2014 Community AwardGreen Festival is committed to supporting inspiring organizations & projects that educate and benefit their local communities with The Green Festival Community Award, a $5,000 grant awarded to a deserving non-profit, chosen by the public!

The Green Festival Community Award is a great way to gain exposure, support and resources for new or ongoing projects. Organizations get up close and personal with the community through extensive online outreach and social media recognition, and in person, as finalists meet and greet with Green Festival attendees to pitch their ideas. Projects must be locally-based, with creative ideas, measurable goals and a direct benefit to the local, sustainable community.


Portland, OR Community Award Finalists

Depave - http://depave.org/ Depave promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff. We strive to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement with the use of action-oriented educational events, community stewardship and advocacy to reconnect people with nature and inspire others. Depave engages hundreds of volunteers each year to remove thousands of square feet of pavement (almost exclusively by hand!) and create rain gardens, sustainable school yards, community gardens and edible forests in and around Portland. The Green Festival Community Award will go a long way to help us leverage additional grant funds to complete more projects in and around Portland and help to transform communities with the most need.

NE Portland Tool Library (NEPTL) - http://www.neptl.org/ Tool libraries are like traditional libraries, but with tools instead of books. They are great for people who want to prioritize a sharing economy and greener alternatives. The NE Portland Tool Library continues to grow to meet the needs of our dynamic membership. The library is 100% volunteer operated with costs covered by late fees and member donations. An important belief of the library is that we provide an affordable alternative to purchasing or renting tools for one-time projects. We are proposing to attend the the first International Tool Library Symposium in Baltimore in March 2016. This will be a gathering of tool library organizers from far and wide sharing resources, strengthening our connections, and sharing ideas and best practices so we can all build stronger tool libraries.

Out to Pasture Sanctuary - http://www.outtopasturesanctuary.org/ Out to Pasture Sanctuary, founded in 2007, provides a safe home for abused, neglected, and abandoned farmed animals, as well as high kill-risk dogs and feral cats. The animals who reach us are typically the animals "who nobody else wants"-senior animals, animals with chronic illnesses, behavioral issues, or special needs. Out to Pasture provides a safe, peaceful haven for animals of all ages, sizes, and health conditions. The Green Festival Community Award would enable Out to Pasture to accept additional animals into our sanctuary. The award would provide feed, medical costs (many animals come to us injured or ill), and animal housing.

River Network - https://www.rivernetwork.org/ Help River Network create a River Cleanup Event in Portland! River Network seeks your support as we engage the Portland community in river conservation. River Network will coordinate a Cleanup Event in Portland, working closely with local partner watershed groups. The goals of our Cleanup Event are to build the capacity and leadership skills of our river conservation partners to strengthen and enhance local volunteer-run projects, providing opportunities for restoration plantings, invasive species removal, and community beautification efforts. River Network seeks funding to further support and engage the Portland community in water resource protection through a local River Cleanup Event.

The City Repair Project - http://www.cityrepair.org/ City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. We are an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. Our main project is the Village Building Convergence where we help dozens of communities to develop public spaces designed by for them by them. We propose to use the funds to support our Placemaking Program in which we work with 40+ community sites to design and implement their public space and educational projects.



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Winner benefits include:

Winner Benefits

How to Apply

To be considered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located within 60 miles of the city limits of the applicable Festival City are invited to share their green ideas through a submission form on the Green Festival Community Award website. Before each event, a panel from Green Festivals, Inc. will select and invite five finalists to promote their exciting projects at Green Festival.








How to Vote

Festival fans – vote for your favorite organization in an online poll in the week prior to each event! At the festival, meet the teams behind the finalist project ideas and cast your vote for the winner in the ballot box area. Votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon at Green Festival!

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