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PCEF Inaugural Funding Round from September 2020 RFP

On April 1, 2021 Portland City Council voted to approve PCEF's inaugural funding recommendation package, awarding its first $8.6 million to fund 45 grants to 38 organizations in the clean energy, regenerative agriculture/green infrastructure, workforce development fields.
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Grant Committee recommendations approved by City Council

From energy efficiency retrofits to culturally relevant community gardens, to apprenticeships for low-income people of color and women to enter careers in clean energy construction, the projects funded all take on climate action and center those most affected by the impacts of climate change.

Read the full program report, including short summaries of each funded grant recommended by the 9-person Grant Committee, presented to City Council April 1, 2021.

Of the 45 grants awarded, 29 are planning grants, providing funding for organizations to plan, conduct assessments, and refine climate action projects into full project proposals. The remaining 16 grants awarded will fund projects ready for implementation. 12 of the 16 implementation projects involve infrastructure investments  with an estimate total lifetime reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of roughly 11,500 metric tons (CO2e). Out of the 12 physical improvement grants, 8 projects are predominantly located east of 82nd Avenue.  

Seven projects funded fall under the Clean Energy category and include energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to residential properties with an emphasis on deep energy retrofits serving low-income households. The funding package also includes 4 Workforce development projects, aimed at training existing and new workers to prepare for jobs in the green economy. Lastly, 4 green infrastructure and regenerative agriculture projects were funded, ranging from tree planting to depaving schools throughout the community. 

Read the details and hear from grantees in PCEF's press release.

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

ApplicantProject TypeGrant Amount
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)  Planning   $    100,000   
APANO Communities United Fund  Planning   $    100,000   
Beyond Black  Planning   $    100,000   
Black Community of Portland  Planning   $    50,500   
Black Food Sovereignty Coalition  Planning   $    99,514   
Brown Hope  Planning   $    100,000   
Center for Intercultural Organizing; Unite Oregon  Planning   $    100,000   
Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program  Planning   $    100,000   
East Portland Resilience Coalition  Planning   $    99,999   
Familias en Accion  Planning   $    99,972   
Forth  Planning   $    84,300   
Getting There Together Coalition  Planning   $    90,460   
LatinoBuilt Foundation  Planning   $    99,500   
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon  Planning   $    97,289   
Mudbone Grown  Planning   $    91,521   
National Association of Minority Contractors-Oregon  Planning   $    93,750   
Native American Youth and Family Center  Planning   $    68,032   
Oregon Native American Chamber  Planning   $    89,996   
Outgrowing Hunger  Planning   $    23,500   
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.  Planning   $    13,770   
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.  Planning   $    68,276   
Portland Fruit Tree Project  Planning   $    81,195   
Self Enhancement, Inc.  Planning   $    100,000   
Suma  Planning   $    100,000   
The AfroVillage  Planning   $    98,412   
The Ebony Collective CDC  Planning   $    100,000   
Urban League of Portland  Planning   $    99,982   
Voz Workers' Rights Education Project  Planning   $    100,000   
Yoga Punx PDX  Planning   $    100,000   
African American Alliance for Home Ownership  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    569,005   
Community Energy Project  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    889,884   
Diversifying Energy  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    198,000   
Human Solutions, Inc.  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    340,000   
Native American Youth and Family Center  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    373,128   
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    554,757   
Verde/Verde Builds  Energy efficiency or renewable energy   $    165,880   
APANO Communities United Fund  Energy efficiency or renewable energy, Workforce/contractor development  $    199,260   
Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program  Workforce/contractor development   $    500,000   
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 49  Workforce/contractor development   $    148,373   
The Blueprint Foundation  Workforce/contractor development   $    439,179   
The Blueprint Foundation  Workforce/contractor development   $    770,654   
Depave  Regenerative agriculture/Green infrastructure   $    491,320   
Growing Gardens  Regenerative agriculture/Green infrastructure   $    199,995   
Outgrowing Hunger  Regenerative agriculture/Green infrastructure   $    171,738   
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center and Rosemary Anderson High School   Regenerative agriculture/Green infrastructure   $    74,259   

Applications submitted for Inaugural RFP

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 in the inaugural request for proposals. 

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 inaugural RFP was released September 16, 2020, and closed November 23, 2020. The September 2020 Grant Application Guide complement the program’s first 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.