Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launches Community Responsive Grant opportunities with request for proposals (RFP 3)

Press Release
RFP 3 will award $40 to $60 million in grants to fund climate projects in Portland.

Portland, Ore.—On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) issued its third request for proposals (RFP 3), allocating between $40 and $60 million to fund grants across six categories:

This RFP will allocate a blend of planning grants as well as small and large implementation grants, aiming to support a diverse range of projects and remove obstacles for smaller organizations. Across the six funding categories, RFP 3 will award:

  • 5 to 10 planning grants
  • 10 to 20 small implementation grants
  • 10 to 20 large implementation grants

Organizations can apply for multiple grants in this funding cycle and within any funding category. The application period will close Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.

Technical assistance

Potential applicants can access a variety of resources to assist with their application. Assistance opportunities include informational sessions, technical-assistance webinars, Question-and-Answer sessions, reservable office hours, self-help guides, videos, and more. Applicants can also reach out to PCEF staff via email with requests for assistance.

Climate Investment Plan

RFP 3 was one of many programs included in PCEF’s inaugural five-year Climate Investment Plan (CIP), which received unanimous approval from Council earlier this year. Guided by a deep commitment to community engagement, accountability, and prioritization of those most impacted by a changing climate, the CIP will invest more than $750 million over five years in climate action projects.

Why this matters

In 2020, City Council declared that “a human-made climate emergency threatens our city, our region, our state, our nation, humanity, and the natural world,” and called for “an immediate mobilization effort initiating greater action, resources, and collaboration that prioritizes frontline communities to restore a safe climate.”

The Community Responsive Grant Program, and the CIP, are pivotal steps forward in advancing a climate-resilient Portland. PCEF has already awarded more than $145 million in grants that support under-resourced communities in our city.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and policy and actions to address climate change.

About the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) initiative was passed by 65% of Portland voters in November 2018. It provides a consistent, long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that our community's climate action efforts are implemented to support social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, particularly communities of color and low-income residents. The initiative was supported by a broad coalition of groups and individuals and represents the first environmental initiative in Oregon led by communities of color.