Success stories from PCEF grantees

PCEF staff and PCEF committee member at a community event standing in front of an easel with signage.
Recent media highlights featuring PCEF grantees.

Learn about grantees and their projects from the first grant cycle: RFP #1 Project Descriptions

Learn about grantees and their projects from the second grant cycle: RFP #2 Project Descriptions

Community Energy Project and Energy Trust of Oregon — March 15, 2023

Solar plus other upgrades nearly erase energy bills for Sammie Lewis

“When they came out and helped me do things myself, it was just so enlightening. I really appreciated that, so I made it a point to go to their weatherization workshops every year.”

Features: Energy Trust's Blog Renewable Energy News — Dec. 16, 2022

Free bikes for Portlanders in need

"We’re excited to announce that Bikes for Humanity PDX was selected to receive funding to grant free bikes to folks in Portland in need through the City’s Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund. By the end of Spring 2023 we will have given 100 bikes to Portlanders on low incomes, with disabilities, in recovery, in foster care, or otherwise in need of support to get a quality bike as a tool for fun, exercise or transportation."

Features: Bikes for Humanity's Free Bikes for Portlanders in Need Project

Here is Oregon — Oct. 6, 2022

NAYA Family Center has a vision of abundance for Native community garden in Portland

"Rose’s Native Food Sovereignty Project has received a $3.7 million grant from PCEF to bring the Native community’s vision of Indigenous Traditional Ecological Cultural Knowledge and ceremony into reality."

Features: NAYA Family Center's Native Food Sovereignty Project

Urban Land — Oct. 6, 2022

Clearing the way for mass timber usage in Oregon

"Two Adre projects currently in pre-development will receive funding from PCEF: the Building United Futures Complex and the communal office building of the Williams & Russell Project."

Features: Black United Fund of Oregon's Building United FuturesComplex and the Williams & Russell Community Development Corporation's Williams & Russell Project.

The Skanner — July 14, 2022

Solar energy push creates more robust support for Black homeowners

"But Roberts was just as excited about the way her organization was able to pull together resources and, also using Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) money, help a new homeowner save the beloved house that had been willed to her by her grandmother."

Features: African American Alliance for Homeownership's Power to the People project

Portland Mercury — June 7, 2022

Impacts of Portland Clean Energy Grants Begin to Materialize, a Year Later

"Sammie Lewis can’t wait to receive her next energy bill. That’s because Lewis is one of the first Portland homeowners to benefit from a city grant that offers home “energy retrofits”—meant to save low income homeowners money on energy costs by switching homes to clean energy alternatives."

Features: Community Energy Project's Deep Energy Retrofit Project

SEIU49.ORG - May 11, 2022

Six ABM Janitors Celebrate Graduating the Green Janitor Education Program

"The Green Janitor Education Program provides education in green building practices to meet the latest energy, water, and green initiative standards....The program in Portland is financed through a partnership between Unico Properties, SEIU Local 49, ABM Janitorial, and through grant funding provided by the Portland Clean Energy Fund."

Features: Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 49 Green Janitor Project