Current PCEF funding opportunities

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PCEF Mini Grants

Next deadline: April 1, 2023
A quarterly grant opportunity offering up to $5,000 for activities that align with PCEF goals of advancing racial and social justice while addressing climate change. Mini grants can fund a wide range of activities, including grant writing support, small projects, events, and training. While organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply, priority will be given to small organizations that reflect and are led by PCEF priority communities.

Visit the PCEF Mini Grant Program page for details and assistance

Update on request for proposals for community responsive grants (RFP #3)

The release of the next request for proposals (RFP) for community responsive grants, or RFP #3, is anticipated to take place soon after the adoption of the 5-year Climate Investment Plan (CIP). The PCEF Committee must recommend the CIP to Portland City Council by August 2023 for consideration and deliberation. The plan will include allocations and goals for both community responsive grants as well as new strategic initiatives. Read the FAQ.

When Council considers and approves the CIP in late summer / early fall 2023, PCEF will work to release the RFP for the next round of community responsive grants as soon as possible.

Once the RFP is open, the application period will be open for 45-60 days. We anticipate City Council would decide on the recommended grant package approximately four months after the application deadline, at which point staff will begin developing grant agreements and disbursement of funds.

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Who is eligible for PCEF funding?

Qualified nonprofit organizations who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to apply for any PCEF grant opportunity:

  1. Designated by the Federal government as a 501(c) or 521(a) nonprofit entity.
  2. Registered and certified with the Oregon Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization.
  3. NOT on the Oregon Department of Justice list of Disqualified Charities.

Newly formed or emerging groups who do not meet the 501(c) or 521(a) designation requirement, or eligible nonprofits who may benefit from additional administrative capacity, may apply for a PCEF grant with a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is an eligible nonprofit organization that provides organizational infrastructure and administrative support for managing a grant.