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SEED Initiatives

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SEED Initiatives is the first program in the country to fund equity-centered community investment grants from local cannabis tax revenue.
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Please note: As of June 30, 2023, the SEED Initiatives Program is managed by Prosper Portland. Please contact or visit the Prosper Portland SEED Grant page for updated information. For any inquiries about grant cycles prior to fiscal year 2022/23, please direct your questions to Office of Community & Civic Life at

The New Vision

Social Equity & Education Development (SEED) Initiatives is supported by an ongoing $1 million in cannabis tax revenue allocation and a vehicle for single-source monitoring, measuring, and reporting on the city’s cannabis tax revenue

Portland City Council’s decision to allocate ongoing funding to the SEED Initiatives is one small step toward rectifying past racially-biased cannabis policies and disparate cannabis-related arrests. This commitment has the potential to begin to repair the lasting legal, social, economic, and inter-generational consequences past cannabis prohibition has had on Black and brown communities. 

The History   

In November 2016, Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 26-180 to impose a 3% local tax on adult-use cannabis retail sales. Since then, over $14 million in cannabis tax revenue has been allocated across various City of Portland bureaus to support street infrastructure improvements; DUII training; drug rehabilitation; criminal justice, expungement and re-entry services; and small business owners from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

For more detailed information about the history of Portland’s local cannabis tax, please review these additional resources:

SEED Grant Fund

SEED Initiatives Grants. Education Development. Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. Social Justice.

The SEED Grant Fund application is now open! Find out more:

Apply for SEED Grant

In alignment with the Ballot Measure 26-180 passed in 2016, the SEED Grant Fund prioritizes Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women led/owned small business initiatives and/or projects, programs or services that support economic and educational development of Black and brown communities, which were most impacted by cannabis prohibition. 

The SEED Grant Fund supports nonprofit and for-profit entities of any size, including community-based organizations, individuals, firms, teams or consultants. Newly-formed groups or initiatives with fiscal sponsorship from a nonprofit entity are also eligible. Multi-entity collaborations, coalitions and/or consortium efforts are encouraged to apply. 

The SEED Grant Fund distributes funding across a range of projects, programs and services within the following designated priority areas, but are not limited to: 

  • Education development
  • Entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Social justice

In the 5 cycles of the grant program, the SEED Grant Fund (formerly Cannabis Social Equity Grant) has awarded $4,379,415 through 42 grants. 

Applications submitted 9323112390
Applications awarded 3661710
Grant funds awarded $350,000 $631,321 $548,094 $1,800,000$1,050,000
Majority BIPOC-led recipients33%17%67%89%70%
Majority Women-led recipients0%0%17%29%30%

SEED Initiatives Fact Sheet

2022 Grant Fund Recipients

View the 10 grant recipients and their proposals:

2022 SEED Grant Applications Now Closed-- Deadline Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

2022 SEED Grant Fund will provide a total of $1,000,000 in grant funding.  

3 Funding Options Available: 

  • Four (4) One-Time Grants at $50,000 total per grant 

  • Four (4) One-Time Grants at $75,000 total per grant 

  • Two (2) Two-Year Grants at $250,000 total per grant ($125,000 per year) 

The SEED Grant Fund seeks applications from non-profit and for-profit entities, of any size. Please note, newly formed groups or initiatives with fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit entity are also eligible to apply. Multi-entity collaborations, coalitions and/or consortium efforts are also encouraged to apply. If you have experience, expertise or passion in one of the priority areas and/or provide multicultural and community-specific engagement --- this might be the funding opportunity for you! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Office of Community & Civic Life recognizes that individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition may not want to participate in the legal cannabis industry. For this reason, the SEED Grant Fund supports projects within and outside of the cannabis industry. All are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. 

2022 SEED Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed the application, please convert it to a PDF and sent to:

2022 Info Sessions: Round 1

2022 SEED Grant Fund Application Timeline: 

  • ROUND 1 Applications for funding are due by Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST (DEADLINE EXTENDED), email completed applications to 

  • ROUND 1 Decisions will be sent out by Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 by 5 p.m. PST – Note: those selected to move to the FINAL ROUND will be notified via email and will have four (4) weeks to complete the finalist application. 

  • 2022 SEED Grant recipient work is expected to start after July 1, 2022 

Note: Final round dates due dates will be posted in January.  

Grant Recipients

If you are a current SEED Awardee, please use this link to submit documentation to us. This link is ONLY for grant recipients; please do not submit applications through this link as they will not be accepted.

2021 Grant Fund

You can read the press release announcing the 2021 Grant Fund awards,and find a complete list of all grant recipients below:

Additional Questions?

Contact the Cannabis Program at

Stay Informed

Stay informed about upcoming grant funding, educational development events, ongoing opportunities to help us identify priorities, and other activities related to the SEED Initiatives and the Cannabis Program by: