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Join the Portland Harbor Community Grant Review Committee

The Portland Harbor program invites community members to serve on this year's grant review committee. Portlanders who represent communities disproportionately affected by the contamination and cleanup are strongly encouraged to submit an interest form.
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Please note that the 2024-2025 grant period has closed.

Complete the short interest form to be considered.  Previous grant review experience is not required. You will receive guidance and support to participate.

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 non-migratory shellfish and fish like carp, catfish, and bass caught in Portland Harbor; and housed and unhoused residents who live in neighborhoods near the Superfund site.

The panel will determine who receives grant funds this cycle based on their evaluation of proposals, conversations with selected applicants, and a consensus-based deliberation process.

Interest forms are due 5 p.m., January 2, 2024.

What to Expect

Community panelists will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation. 

As a panelist, here is what you can expect:

  • Approximately 20-25 hours of your time for the entire process
  • Participation in a virtual orientation on January 10, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m., to review grant application evaluation criteria.
  • Receive grant applications, evaluation criteria, and score sheets for evaluation by February 21, 2024. 
  • Evaluate applications and submit score sheets to Portland Harbor team by 9 a.m., March 5, 2024.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all discussions regarding the applicant and funding recommendations with anyone outside of the review committee, including family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Comply with Chapter 1.03 ("Code of Ethics”) of the Portland City Code.
    • Reveal actual and perceived conflicts of interest to  maintain a fair review process. Conflicts of interest include when a reviewer can be viewed as gaining personal, professional, or financial gain from a proposed project. Review panelists with conflicts of interest will be asked not to participate during the discussion and decision-making process regarding that applicant. Examples of conflicts of interest include: 
      • Current or past formal role with the applicant institution(s) as an employee, contractor, or board member; Personal relationship with an applicant; Having a partner or family member with a current or past formal role with the applicant institution(s) as an employee, contractor, or board member.
  • Participate in each phase of the review process, including reviewing written applications, preparing and participating in scheduled conversations with applicants, and two virtual review panel discussions. 
    • The first review panel will take place on the evening of March 5, 6, or 7, 2024. 
    • Conversations with panelists and applicants will take place March 12-14. 
    • The second and final review committee meeting will take place March 18, 19, or 20. 
    • Reviewers and the Portland Harbor team will select dates for the two review sessions at the January 10, 2024 virtual orientation. 

How to Submit an Interest Form

Interested community members should complete the short form before 5 p.m., January 2, 2024, for consideration. 

Submit an interest form

Have questions or want to learn more? Join an upcoming info session on or email miranda.mishan@portlandoregon.g….