The following is a wonderful opportunity open to all, to apply for a Special Appropriations grant. Don't delay - deadline is August 15 - coming right up! Although the Selection Committee (comprised of staff from each of the Council offices) is still formulating rules for this year's grants, last year funding was awarded to proposals up to $100,000. See here for links to more information.
The Portland City Council approved $1,000,000 in the FY2017-18 Adopted Budget for one-time Special Appropriations. Of this amount, $350,000 has been allocated to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) for the Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) competitive grants process.
Please note that there are separate applications for each group of funds. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will host an informational meeting for potential PUAH grant applicants. See Commissioner Eudaly's site for details, to be published July 15. I was honored to serve as the Commissioner in Charge of ONI last year, and I was an enthusiastic supporter of both requesting this grant, and getting it approved in the Fiscal Year 17 - 18 City Budget. Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) Special Appropriations funding may be awarded under the following categories:
- Capacity Building
- Data Collections and Analysis
The remaining $650,000 Special Appropriations fund is open to all applications. Funding may be awarded in the following areas:
- Expanding Opportunities for Youth
- Community-Based Arts and Culture
- Expanding Economic Opportunities for Portlanders
- Community Health
Applicants may apply for either one or both funding categories. A separate application is required for each request.
All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to the address on the application form. E-mailed and mailed submissions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Mayor Hales initiated this open, competitive Special Appropriations process. Previously, those with more access to Council offices were awarded grants in the City Budget with limited weighing of which requests were more suitable for allocations of taxpayers' money. I'm glad Mayor Wheeler is continuing this approach. Please spread this information to anyone in the community who might be interested in applying! The deadline is coming soon.