Community & Neighborhood Matching Grants Program

Document[2]The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program can help in building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas. Applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis.

Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the neighborhood boundary in which the project is located. A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school PTO or site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.

What types of projects are considered?

Projects may include, but are not limited to; public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood; those that build a safer and more welcoming community for marginalized or vulnerable community
members; physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens, and projects that improve universal accessibility; and Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).

If your project involves property that your organization or applicant group does not own you will need to get written approval from the owner. For private property, the owner of the parcel must approve the project. For projects on school grounds documentation is required from the District and school principal.

  • 4J School District contacts:¬†Kerry Delf, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations, at 541-687-3245 ( or Harlan Coats, Facilities Management, 541-790-7409 (

See the Guidelines for Smaller Project>>
See the FY18 Application for Smaller Projects>>

If you need more information or have questions please contact Cindy Koehler at 541-682-5272.

TAG Focused Summer Fun and More!

by Heather Kliever, 4J TAG Families Email List

Summer will soon be upon us- difficult to believe with the current deluge of rain…

The following is the top summer options I have found, and in some cases used, for my son. All of the camps I list offer financial aid and have proven track records of promoting a positive community experience. Enjoy!

Oak Hill has a plethora of great programming this summer! Here is a link to the overview of all OH’s summer camp offerings:¬†

In particular, check out the residential Summer Enrichment Program grid of classes July 23-August 5 I want to take some of these classes, too!

My son has taken classes through the Summer on the Hill program that I cannot recommend enough!  Excellent staff, super reasonable prices and fantastic variety of topics. Ade will take the Algebra II/PreCalc class even though he is an 8th grader. In the past, the instructors have been willing to take children who meet the pre-requisite requirements so, look at the grade information as a suggestion and be in pleasant communication with the summer coordinator and/or instructor early on. I have had wonder help from staff- they always reply, are excited to hear from you and offer suggestions! I may be gushing here but they are the tops absolutely in my books!
Here is a link to the schedule


Have you been keeping up with the recent articles on the importance of nature and movement for children?
If not, check out this New York Times article printed today on “Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class” ¬†
and this Ken Robinson video from TES discussing five reasons you should take your class outside The video is less than three mins long.
OMSI has outdoor camps with residential options. Here is a link to web page that you can customize for your campers needs: I have not used this camp but have been receiving updates about Camp Gray Coastal Discovery Center in Newport for the last couple years. If you have some experience, please share with the group!
Also, the City of Eugene has excellent outdoor recreation options. I would recommend looking at any offerings through the River House. The prices for the experience is excellent for what is offered. Safety equipment, great staff/student ratios and a schedule that is traditional 40 hr/week work friendly! Cant be beat!

Southern Oregon University has the oldest TAG summer camp in the state. My son has attended two out of the last three years and really, really enjoyed his time there. Brain Bowl, trips to Emigrant Lake and an evening show at the extraordinary Oregon Shakespeare Festival included! This is an incredible bargain for the experience. If Ade gets in this year I am more than willing to help carpool your camper down, too. The financial aid packages are generous- call early for details and to apply.

Finally, a camp that I adore but requires a lot of sacrifice with time and driving. The Saturday Academy program through the University of Portland has amazing programs during the academic year and day camps during the summer. We have been hitting the road at 6am the last four Saturdays to get Ade to an Epidemiology class- taught by Kristen Haberthur, a PhD in Viral Immunology and a wicked sense of humor and penchant for dystopian video games. It is very worth the time and effort. If you can get on their mailing list I would recommend looking through the offerings. If something catches your attention share with the group. Perhaps we could figure out a carpool! Generous financial aid available for families on free or reduced lunch.
Of particular note, I want to direct your attention to the TAG Challenge Camp offered through Saturday Academy and hosted at Reed College. I am calling to find out if there is a residential or host family option for those of us out of town. Check out the Portland Public Schools TAG site this links to the guiding documents that the school district follows in terms of TAG definitions. It. Is. AWESOME!
There are a lot more classes and camps available locally! Please let others know if you have a particular camp or offering that our kids would be interested in this summer.
Finally, some more resources for you to read regarding TAG and the regular school classroom. Nothing is better than to be an informed parent when advocating for your child!
  • Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging Ages 4-9 by Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke and Elizabeth A Meckstroth
  • Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use, 3rd Ed., Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles
  • Gifted and Talented Children in the Regular Classroom, E Paul Torrence and Dorothy A. Sisk

Fair Housing Training: Know Your Rights

In honor of fair housing month, the City of Eugene will host a training for community members to understand what their individual rights are and how to seek recourse if their rights are violated.

Free on-site childcare will be available during the event for participants. Advanced reservations required to ensure proper staffing. Space is limited so reserve seats and make your childcare reservation today! RSVP to Lindsey Foltz by email or 541-682-5767

In recognition that housing issues are often complex they are also providing resources to answer basic landlord/tenant law questions through participation of the Oregon Law Center and housing habitability concerns through the Rental Housing Code program.

Please share this opportunity with your families.


Share With Your Networks

Know Your Rights: Fair Housing Training: Tuesday, April 25 from 6:15-7:30 pm at the Eugene Public Library: Bascom/Tykeson Rooms, Community members are invited to come and learn about fair housing rights and resources applicable to Eugene residents at this event, presented by staff from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. Staff from Oregon Law Center, Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement, Community Development and the City’s Rental Housing Code program will also be available to answer questions and distribute materials.

More Information

City of Eugene Fair Housing Plan

Each year, Eugene and Springfield receive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As recipients of these funds, Eugene and Springfield certify that they will ‚Äúaffirmatively further Fair Housing”. Eugene and Springfield strive to assure that persons of a protected class have a choice in the location of their housing.

In order to uphold its commitment to affirmatively further fair housing and meet its federal obligation to engage in fair housing planning, Eugene and Springfield have jointly produced a document which examines laws, demographics related to population, housing and housing choice called the Fair Housing Plan. Eugene and Springfield conducted an ‚ÄúAnalysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice‚ÄĚ that identified road blocks impacting fair housing choice.

City of Eugene Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement

If you believe you have been subject to illegal housing discrimination in the City of Eugene you may request assistance through the City of Eugene Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement Office.  Staff can assist in making referrals and provide access to the appropriate grievance processes.


Walk-In Assistance:

99 W. 10th Ave., Suite 116
Eugene, OR
Monday ‚Äď Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fair Housing Council of Oregon: The City of Eugene also contracts with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, which can operates a hotline for housing discrimination and maintains a website with fair housing information.


Housing and Urban Development

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can be contacted directly with discrimination complaints.

CANCELLED: Making Meetings Matter Training: Monday, January 9, 2017

Tonight’s “Making Meetings Matter Training” has been cancelled due to continued hazardous weather conditions. We are working with the District Office to reschedule this course for early March and will send out a communication with new information as it becomes available. Thanks for your understanding as decisions are made for safety based on changing weather conditions.

Join us at the District Office Auditorium Monday, January 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm for a district wide parent leaders training entitled “Making Meetings Matter.”

Take-away tools will be provided to help your parent teacher organization and site council meetings generate accolades‚ÄĒand useful output‚ÄĒinstead of yawns.

RSVP requested at

TAG Education Academic Resources

by Heather Kliever

I thought today I would send out a refresher on student academic resources, a few online and a few in town, to consider for your child/ren. I know and/or have used these individuals for my child and would be willing to chat about my experience with them. Email me separately if you have questions. Otherwise, please send information to the group if you have vetted resources to add to this list!

First and foremost-local! 

*Math: Gina Graham’s Math Is Magic. Known to some as a life saver- and she is! Gina and her tutors work with both the mathematically talented and those with test anxiety. She offers individual and group courses.¬†Here is Gina’s website to explore more:¬†

Eugene Math Circles This group is sponsored by the UO Mathematics Department and the National Science Foundation. There is an application and deadline coming up on December 12 with acceptance notices mailed out on December 22.

*Language Arts: Hollie Roman. No web presence but may be reached at her email address roman Hollie previously taught for over 25 years in elite Bay Area prep schools and is well known for her guided homework support and custom supplemental  lessons for those who need faster pacing, more in-depth study or to support student interests. Hollie is a 1:1 tutor only- no group classes.

*How are you going to manage all this? I would suggest, especially if your student is having difficulties in social or school management issues and has been diagnosed or suspected to have ADHD (a twice exceptional learner), Catrin Rode, PhD. Catrin, who I know through her children and volunteer work at the elementary and middle school levels, is now offering individual and group (parent/student) coaching in executive function made possible partially through the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation funding. She is particularly interested in reaching out to middle school families. The group session are for 1.5 hrs per week for 4 weeks. Call her at 541-606-6070.

4-j and State Resources
Remember to refresh your understanding of your rights and responsibilities as TAG parents! TAG education is needs based. Know what is, and isn’t, covered under services and support at the district and state levels.

4j’s Talented and Gifted Instruction page¬†

Oregon Department of Education, Talented and Gifted page

Consider joining or attending a conference held by the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted I would love to attend a conference held by OATG. Think of how invigorating it would be to talk to people who know exactly what you are going through and have the creative chops to get things changed!

On-line and National Resources
The National Association for Gifted Children. I love this page in particular for its “myths” list¬†¬† and a brief overview of a paper that discusses the “myths” surrounding gifted children and k-12 education¬†

I really enjoyed this recent post titled Calvin: The Unexpected Gifted Kid Calvin is the character from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It is wonderful and fits my situation to a T. Byrdseed is a great site to follow if you have the chance to do so.

For home teaching resources a recent crowd sourced post on the NAGC Facebook page suggests the following (without commentary since this is a long email today):

…and, of course, check out the email I sent out that discussed other non-credit, rigorous MOOCs (Coursera, etc) from a week or two ago. Please share if you have anything to add and help this community!