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Portland Harbor Community Grant Eligibility

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Learn about who and what types of activities, programs, and projects are eligible for Portland Harbor Community Grant funding.
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Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be a community-based organization, student group, faith organization, neighborhood association, or service group located or providing services within the City of Portland. Applicants must also be able to show they have:

  • Leadership by and strong relationships with community members disproportionately affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund contamination and cleanup; OR
  • Collaborative partnerships with groups led by Portlanders disproportionately affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund contamination and cleanup.

Disproportionately affected communities include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); people with current, traditional or cultural connections to this stretch of the river; people who eat shellfish and non-migratory fish like carp, catfish, and bass caught in Portland Harbor; and housed and unhoused residents who live in neighborhoods near the Superfund site.

Applicants must also meet the following fiscal and insurance requirements to receive funding under this grant:

  • 501-C3 tax status (or established agreement with a fiscal agent)
  • A bank account
  • Insurance (general liability, workers' compensation, automobile) 
  • Ability to make purchases up-front, with the understanding that reimbursement will come 30 days after the City receives an invoice

For more information on requirements, view the Additional Information for Portland Harbor Community Grantees page.

Activities, Projects, and Programs

Below are activities, projects, and programs suggested by grantees, community members, and government partners. The bullets below show how each supports several program objectives. Other ideas are welcome.

Support BIPOC leadership and engagement in the cleanup process through training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Gather community input to shape EPA's draft plan to minimize cleanup construction related impacts.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Sustain community participation in Portland Harbor Community Collaborative Group.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education

Collaborate with Multnomah County Health Department to engage and educate communities about the Lower Willamette River Fish Advisory. 

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Partner with government and community organizations to co-create and co-host educational events and activities.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Collaborate with community and government partners to coordinate community feedback and questions on remedy design documents for EPA consideration.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Collaborate with cleanup contractors to identify the skills and training needed to shape the Superfund Jobs Training Initiative.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Support career pathways for BIPOC communities in the environmental remediation field.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development

Create culturally-specific educational programming that discusses the diverse aspects of the Portland Harbor Superfund.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Community engagement and education
  • Workforce and career development

Facilitate inter-generational learning and community building through creative storytelling about the people connected to the river and affected by the contamination.

  • Community participation support and leadership development
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Workforce and career development
  • Partnerships

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs include but are not limited to:

  • Personnel, staff, or professional services
  • Materials and supplies, including printing costs
  • Event-associated costs such as venues, permits, or online meetings
  • Support for participants, including transit, childcare, and translation services
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Stipends and incentives to support community participation
  • Required insurance
  • Indirect or overhead costs up to 15% percent such as rent, utilities, or fiscal administration

Funding becomes available once all parties sign the grant agreement. Money spent prior to the grant agreement term is not eligible for reimbursement. 

Have questions about whether a cost is eligible? Contact Miranda.Mishan@portlandoregon.gov