Grants of up to $75,000 to Oregon nonprofit and faith-based organizations for programs and projects to reduce the negative impact of environmental cleanup in eligible regions. Funding is intended to benefit communities that have been disproportionately affected by water contamination in the Portland Harbor.
The goal of the Portland Harbor Community Grants is to support meaningful public involvement, particularly for communities disproportionately affected by the contamination and cleanup. These communities include people with current, traditional, or cultural connections, including:
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals
People who eat shellfish and non-migratory fish like carp, catfish, and bass caught in Portland Harbor
Housed and unhoused residents who live in neighborhoods near the Portland Harbor Superfund site
Based on feedback heard from grantees, community members, and government partners, funds will support activities that advance and achieve the following objectives:
Expand and deepen leadership and participation in the cleanup process by communities disproportionately affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and contamination
Provide resources to support under-represented community members’ participation in the cleanup design process
Build community-based organizations’ capacity to shape and support EPA’s plan to minimize impacts of cleanup construction on housed and unhoused neighbors (i.e., transportation routes, emissions, sound, light, and access restrictions)
Engage and educate communities about the Portland Harbor Superfund, including the Lower Willamette River Fish Advisory, and scientific, technical, policy, and process topics related to the cleanup.
Support career development in environmental remediation
Strengthen partnerships among community groups and governments
Applicants must be a community-based organization, student group, faith organization, neighborhood association, or service group located or providing services within the City of Portland. Applicants must also be able to show they have:
- Leadership by and strong relationships with community members disproportionately affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund contamination and cleanup; OR
- Collaborative partnerships with groups led by Portlanders disproportionately affected by the Portland Harbor Superfund contamination and cleanup.
Disproportionately affected communities include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); people with current, traditional or cultural connections to this stretch of the river; people who eat shellfish and non-migratory fish like carp, catfish, and bass caught in Portland Harbor; and housed and unhoused residents who live in neighborhoods near the Superfund site.
Applicants must also meet the following fiscal and insurance requirements to receive funding under this grant:
- 501-C3 tax status (or established agreement with a fiscal agent)
- A bank account
- Insurance (general liability, workers' compensation, automobile)
- Ability to make purchases up-front, with the understanding that reimbursement will come 30 days after the City receives an invoice
If you are unable to make one of the information sessions, prefer to talk through your project one-on-one, or do better communicating your vision verbally than in writing, you can request dedicated time with a member of the Portland Harbor team to answer your questions and receive technical assistance. Technical assistance office hours are available most weekdays from January 15 - February 14, 2024, including evening hours.
Email Miranda.Mishan@portlandoregon.gov to schedule a meeting.
- January 15, 2024: Grant application released
- January 23 and 25, 2024: Online information sessions
- January 15 – February 14, 2024: Technical assistance available
- February 15, 2024: Grant applications due
- Mid-March, 2024: Notification of awards
The grant application is a two-step process, including an application and a conversation with the grant review committee. The grant review committee will review applications to determine who advances to the second step.