Community groups, non-government organizations, student groups, schools, faith organizations, neighborhood associations, and service groups located or providing services within the City of Portland are eligible to apply. BIPOC-led organizations and groups with demonstrated leadership and strong relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by the Portland Harbor Superfund site and cleanup are encouraged to apply.
The grants for the 2021-2022 fiscal year will be used to:
- Support ongoing and new leadership of BIPOC communities in public participation processes related to the cleanup.
- Strengthen community understanding of and capacity to engage in scientific, technical, policy, and process topics related to the cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund.
- Foster new and strengthen existing relationships and collaboration between community organizations and the City of Portland on Portland Harbor Superfund related topics.
Eligible efforts include, but are not limited to:
- Public process participation. Support ongoing involvement and leadership of BIPOC communities in public participation processes related to the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup such as EPA’s Portland Harbor Community Collaborative and the Willamette Cove Community Roundtable.
- Mutual capacity-building. Share complementary knowledge, expertise, and experiences through strategic partnerships that advance meaningful involvement and leadership of BIPOC communities in topics related to the Portland Harbor Superfund. Example: Creating, hosting, and implementing collaborative, participatory learning opportunities like workshops and trainings.
- Shape the City’s Portland Harbor community involvement program approach and materials. Examples include co-creating culturally specific community involvement communications and activities related to remedy design and other phases of the cleanup.
- Community feedback loop. Support communications between City and community members on topics related to the City’s Superfund cleanup efforts. Examples include organizing community conversations; sharing Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup-related questions and priorities with City Portland Harbor program staff; and informing and/or co-creating community involvement communications and activities related to remedy design and other phases of the cleanup.
- Community education. Develop and/or deliver scientifically accurate, community-focused information about Portland Harbor Superfund scientific, technical, policy, or process topics. Example topics include how the contamination will be addressed, cleanup design, how community can protect the cleanup, etc. Examples include videos, podcasts, infographics, virtual events, and site tours that strictly follow COVID-19 safety measures.
- EPA’s Portland Harbor Superfund StoryMap. Grant funds can support community-led efforts to gather and create content, art, audio, video, photographs, and other media to document the story of place as experienced by communities with current and historical connections to the Portland Harbor area, particularly BIPOC communities.
- Environmental remediation career development opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and youth of color. Prepare BIPOC youth for career paths in environmental remediation such as relevant sciences, engineering, policy, community engagement, and cleanup construction.
Eligible costs include but are not limited to:
- Staff/professional services
- Materials and supplies, including printing costs
- Costs associated with events such as venues, permits, online meetings, etc.
- Participant supports, including transit, childcare, translation services, refreshments, and snacks
- Incentives to honor community contributions of knowledge, lived experience, and expertise
- Required insurance
- Indirect or overhead costs up to 10 percent (ex: utilities, rent, fiscal administration etc.)
Funding becomes available once the grant agreement is signed by all parties. Money spent prior to the grant agreement term is not eligible for reimbursement.