2022 PCEF Grant Recipients (RFP #2, awarded July 2022)

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On July 20, 2022, Portland City Council approved PCEF's second package of recommended funding proposals for our community responsive grant program, awarding more than $100 million to fund 65 projects in the clean energy, regenerative agriculture/green infrastructure, workforce development fields.
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PCEF awards grants to 65 new projects in RFP #2

Read the full program report, including short summaries of each funded grant that was recommended by the 9-person PCEF Committee and presented to City Council on July 13, 2022.

RFP #2 grant funds$107,215,441
10% grant project contingency set-aside$10,721,545
Mini grants program$200,000
Total funding request$118,136,986

The PCEF Committee met on May 26 and June 2 to discuss the proposed portfolio and arrive at their funding recommendation.

These grants all meet the program’s objective of addressing climate change and advancing racial and social justice. The estimated lifetime reduction in GHG emissions for projects in the clean energy and innovation funding categories is estimated to be roughly 300,000 metric tons CO2e. This estimate does not include regenerative agriculture projects as there are no reliable models for estimating impact at the urban farming scale. This yields an average cost of $219/metric ton CO2e for clean energy focused implementation grants.

Within the RFP #2 portfolio there is robust representation of culturally specific groups implementing projects that provide a multitude of benefits to all of PCEF’s priority populations. Project benefits provided to households and individual community members goes well beyond greenhouse gas reduction and includes improved indoor air quality and comfort in homes, climate resilience, reduced utility bills, training and connection to living wage jobs, access to high quality fresh foods, and connection to community. 71% of funding will go to organizations that reflect the PCEF priority populations that their projects intend to serve.

The planning grants represent planning efforts across all funding areas (e.g., clean energy, green infrastructure, and workforce development). The implementation grants are distributed within the target funding areas that were published in the RFP for clean energy, workforce development and contractor support, and regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure, and innovation.

Clean energy projects include energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to single-family, multi-family, and commercial properties with an emphasis on deep energy retrofits.

Workforce development and contractor support projects will train both existing and new workers in green technologies and practices, as well as training offering support to resource and credential disadvantaged contractors to pivot towards green contracting opportunities.

Regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure projects include gardening, food production, and food sovereignty.

Innovation / Other projects will support the community with cutting edge ideas to increase mobility and build capacity for climate action work.

Planning Grants represent planning efforts across all funding areas.

The full list of grantees is below, alphabetized and organized by project type.

Clean Energy

Applicant organizationApplication titleGrant amount
Albina Vision Trust, Inc.Albina One Affordable Housing$1,700,000
African American Alliance for HomeownershipComprehensive Repair and Retrofits with Power to the People PDX$1,793,144
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal ChurchProject Green HOPE$722,288
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.Cascadia Residential Energy Efficiency and Regenerative Agriculture Project$470,049
Central City Concern PCEF CCC Large Application$5,525,750
Community Energy Project, Inc.Deep energy and electrification retrofits for frontline communities $9,999,378
Hacienda Community Development CorporationMEE Casa (My Energy Efficient Home) $9,400,000
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)Bottling Blocks Related Northwest$1,418,922
Innovative Housing, Inc.Anna Mann $1,804,450
Innovative Housing Inc.Garden Park$1,608,104
Meals on Wheels PeopleMeals on Wheels People Solar Project $809,292
Native American Youth and Family CenterTistilal Village Redevelopment $1,804,000
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Inc.NECN King Facility Community Solar Program$473,299
Our United Villages; Rebuilding CenterReBuilding Community Solar $883,363
Portland Community Reinvestment Initatives, Inc.Energy Efficiency 4 Renters 2 $1,186,730
Proud GroundConcordia Townhomes$447,867
Proud GroundNet Zero Housing Units$2,368,215
Proud GroundSolarize the Land Trust$295,135
Rohingya Youth Association of PortlandRohingya and Somali home weatherization project $232,056  
Roots and Beats ProjectClean Energy for Roots and Beats Community Arts Center $389,588
ROSE Community DevelopmentLeander Court Solar $499,000
Seeding Justice (formerly known as MRG Foundation) Seeding Justice Project $2,965,528
Street Roots Street Roots Headquarters$1,171,087
The Black United Fund of Oregon, Inc.Building United Futures Complex $3,550,007  
VerdeGoodling Annex Community Solar$4,207,192
Verde BuildsDuctless Heat Pumps for Priority Populations in Portland $482,878 
Williams & Russell CDCWilliams & Russell CDC$4,717,274

Workforce and Contractor Development

Applicant organizationApplication titleGrant amount
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest IndiansTribal Solar and Renewable Energy Training Program$3,726,709
Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship ProgramBuilding Equity: Clean Energy Careers through Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training$7,200,000
EcotrustGreen Workforce Academy$2,038,051
ELSO, Inc.ELSO WCD Application$1,901,781
Familias en Acción Acción Climática (Climate Action) Initiative - Pilot $770,000  
Friends of Zenger FarmZenger Farm's Workforce Development Grant Application $ 995,211
LatinoBuilt; LatinoBuilt AssociationGreen Building Training for Portland's Latinx Contractors $335,783
Leaders Become LegendsIncreasing Access to Green Jobs for Black, Brown and Indigenous Portlanders$1,849,873
Oregon Native American ChamberNative American Workforce and Contractor Development $778,496 
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49Portland Green Janitor training program 2022-2025 $500,000 
Urban League of PortlandUL Green Careers Program $2,971,156
Worksystems, Inc.Worksystems Umbrella Application$2,966,545

Regenerative Agriculture / Green Infrastructure 

Applicant organizationApplication titleGrant amount
Black Food Sovereignty Coalition; Black Futures FarmBlack Futures Farm Net Zero Community Demonstration Site$1,715,489
De Rose Community Bridge and Holistic WellnessThe Rainbow Community Garden $1,061,922
Native American Youth and Family CenterNAYA Neerichokikoo Food Sovereignty Project $3,694,885
Our Village GardensOur Village Gardens - Growing in Place$131,464
Portland All Nations Canoe FamilyPortland All Nations Canoe Family$2,320,814
The Rosewood InitiativeRosewood Resiliency Through Regenerative Agriculture$2,033,825


Applicant organizationApplication titleGrant amount
Bikes for Humanity PDXFree Bikes for Portlanders in need$20,000
Community Cycling CenterAdvancing Climate Action and Social Justice Through Increased Bicycle Ridership$499,419
ForthGreen Energy and Mobility Project$3,674,491
Metropolitan Family ServiceMFS Climate Resilience Capacity Building Project$3,523,788


Applicant organizationApplication titleGrant amount
7 Waters Canoe Family7 Waters Food Sovereignty Project$100,000
Black Educational Achievement MovementCommunity-Driven Solar-Powered On-Grid / Off-Grid Emergency Preparedness Hubs$99,082
Center for Intercultural Organizing; Unite OregonBuilding Power: SW Corridor Net Zero Affordable Housing$100,000
Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship ProgramClean Energy / Green Construction Apprenticeships, Training & Career Tracks for People of Color & Women$100,000
Community VisionGreen Jobs for People with Disabilities$69,478
El Programa Hispano CatólicoEPHC Green Workforce Program Development$100,000
Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural and Resource CenterEECRC Sustainability Project$100,000
Friends of TreesGrowing Workforce Training, Growing Opportunities$95,791
Friends of Tryon Creek; Friends of Tryon Creek State ParkGreen Leaders Workforce Development Program to Combat Climate Change and Racial Injustice$98,000
Immigrant and Refugee Community OrganizationImmigrant and Refugee Green Construction Project$100,000
LatinoBuilt; LatinoBuilt AssociationEvaluation of Badges Program for Home Retrofit Contractors$100,000
NE STEAM CoalitionPermacomputing: The Antithesis of Computer Waste$100,000
Nutrition Garden RxNutrition Garden Rx - Behavioral Health$100,000
Oregon Public Health InstituteClimate Justice for Black Childcare Providers$100,000
Our Streets PDXLow Income Housing Sustainability Services$99,560
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.Program Development$99,232

Applications submitted for RFP #2

The PCEF code requires that applications submitted for funding requests be posted online. To access the information, this online application portal allows members of the public to review all eligible applications submitted to the request for proposals.

Staff held three information sessions on RFP #2 and 17 office hours sessions during standard work hours, weekday evenings, and weekends. The program also offered 15 training sessions on specific areas including energy efficiency, solar energy, grant writing, budget development and permitting for projects.

Information sessions were attended by more than 200 individuals, office hours were attended by 102 individuals, and subject specific trainings were attended by 243 individuals. Staff additionally responded to 77 questions left on the main phone line and held numerous one-on-one meetings with new organizations led by PCEF priority communities.

141 non-profit organizations submitted 162 applications in response to the RFP. The amount of funding requested ranged from $20,000 to $10 million with an average of just under $100,000 for planning grants and just over $2 million for implementation grants. Total funding requested was $223 million.

Frequently asked questions

Have more questions about the program, the first round of grantees, decision-making, etc.? Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

If your question isn't addressed here, feel free to contact us at CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

RFP grant application guide

The program’s RFP was released September 28, 2021 and closed November 30, 2021. The September 2021 Grant Application Guide details the program’s second RFP and walks potential applicants through the application steps. Read through the guide to see what information and guidelines potential applicants received prior to applying for a PCEF grant.