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SEED Initiatives

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SEED Initiatives is the first U.S. government program to fund equity-centered community investment grants from local cannabis tax revenue.
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The New Vision

SEED Initiatives is supported by an ongoing $1 million in cannabis tax revenue allocation and a vehicle for single-source monitoring, measuring, and reporting on the city’s cannabis tax revenue

Portland City Council’s decision to allocate ongoing funding to the SEED Initiatives is one small step toward rectifying past racially-biased cannabis policies and disparate cannabis-related arrests. This commitment has the potential to begin to repair the lasting legal, social, economic, and inter-generational consequences past cannabis prohibition has had on Black and brown communities. 

The History   

In November 2016, Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 26-180 to impose a 3% local tax on adult-use cannabis retail sales. Since then, over $14 million in cannabis tax revenue has been allocated across various City of Portland bureaus to support street infrastructure improvements; DUII training; drug rehabilitation; criminal justice, expungement and re-entry services; and small business owners from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

For more detailed information about the history of Portland’s local cannabis tax, please review these additional resources:

SEED Grant Fund

In alignment with the Ballot Measure 26-180 passed in 2016, the SEED Grant Fund prioritizes Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women led/owned small business initiatives and/or projects, programs or services that support economic and educational development of Black and brown communities, which were most impacted by cannabis prohibition. 

The SEED Grant Fund supports nonprofit and for-profit entities of any size, including community-based organizations, individuals, firms, teams or consultants. Newly-formed groups or initiatives with fiscal sponsorship from a nonprofit entity are also eligible. Multi-entity collaborations, coalitions and/or consortium efforts are encouraged to apply. 

The SEED Grant Fund distributes funding across a range of projects, programs and services within the following designated priority areas, but are not limited to: 

  • Education development
  • Entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Social justice
SEED Initiatives Grants. Education Development. Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. Social Justice.

In the 4 cycles of the grant program, the SEED Grant Fund (formerly Cannabis Social Equity Grant) has awarded $3,329,415 through 32 grants.

.2017201820192020
Applications submitted 93231123
Applications awarded 36617
Grant funds awarded $350,000 $631,321 $548,094 $1,800,000

SEED Initiatives Fact Sheet

 2022 SEED Grant Applications Now Closed-- Deadline Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

2022 SEED Grant Fund will provide a total of $1,000,000 in grant funding.  

3 Funding Options Available: 

  • Four (4) One-Time Grants at $50,000 total per grant 

  • Four (4) One-Time Grants at $75,000 total per grant 

  • Two (2) Two-Year Grants at $250,000 total per grant ($125,000 per year) 

The SEED Grant Fund seeks applications from non-profit and for-profit entities, of any size. Please note, newly formed groups or initiatives with fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit entity are also eligible to apply. Multi-entity collaborations, coalitions and/or consortium efforts are also encouraged to apply. If you have experience, expertise or passion in one of the priority areas and/or provide multicultural and community-specific engagement --- this might be the funding opportunity for you! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Office of Community & Civic Life recognizes that individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition may not want to participate in the legal cannabis industry. For this reason, the SEED Grant Fund supports projects within and outside of the cannabis industry. All are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. 

2022 SEED Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement 

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed the application, please convert it to a PDF and sent to: SEED@portlandoregon.gov

2022 Info Sessions: Round 1

  • Monday, Nov. 29 from 5:30  to 7 p.m. PST
    • View Nov. 29 recorded information session HERE
  • Friday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST
    • View Dec. 3 recorded information session HERE

2022 SEED Grant Fund Application Timeline: 

  • ROUND 1 Applications for funding are due by Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST (DEADLINE EXTENDED), email completed applications to SEED@PortlandOregon.gov 

  • ROUND 1 Decisions will be sent out by Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 by 5 p.m. PST – Note: those selected to move to the FINAL ROUND will be notified via email and will have four (4) weeks to complete the finalist application. 

  • 2022 SEED Grant recipient work is expected to start after July 1, 2022 

Note: Final round dates due dates will be posted in January.  

2021 Grant Fund

You can read the press release announcing the 2021 Grant Fund awards here and access a complete list of all grant recipients here.

Additional Questions?

Contact the Cannabis Program at SEED@portlandoregon.gov

Stay Informed

Stay informed about upcoming grant funding, educational development events, ongoing opportunities to help us identify priorities, and other activities related to the SEED Initiatives and the Cannabis Program by: 


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Contact

Akil Patterson, MLS, PCM

SEED Initiatives Coordinator

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