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.
The full list of grantees is below, alphabetized and organized by project type.
|Applicant||Project Type||Grant 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|
|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|
|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
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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.