Small Grants Fund

The Portland Children’s Levy (PCL) is considering creating a Small Grants Fund and is interested in your feedback on the current outline for the fund. Should the fund move forward, new PCL staff will support more detailed development of the fund. This outline is a starting point.
Please check out the outline below, then head here to take a 1-minute survey.

Purpose of Small Grants Fund
To improve equity of access to Levy funding, to fund non-profit organizations that have not received PCL funding in the past, to reach children and families not served in currently funded programs, and to build capacity in smaller organizations serving children and families.

Types of Services to Fund
PCL must fund the following types of programs for children and families: early childhood, after-school and mentoring, child abuse prevention and intervention, supports for youth in foster care, and hunger relief.

Size of Fund
$1 – $1.5 million total over three years (estimated 2021-2024).

Grant Size and Length
Grants would be less than $60,000 annually. In addition, PCL funds cannot comprise more than 30% of annual organizational revenues, so very small organizations would need to consider their requests accordingly. Grants would be maximum of 3 years.

Target for Total Number of Grants
To be determined based on minimum grant size and length, but likely a range of 10- 20.

Type of Organization and Service Population Focus
Organizations that have some paid staff, receive some funding from other community sources, need support developing organizational capacity, and have developed out of communities they are serving.

Your feedback is essential. Please visit this page to take the 1-minute survey.