2019-20 Funding Round Overview

The application period for the Levy’s current 2019-20 Funding Round is closed. Information about the Small Grants Fund will be posted in early 2020.

A timeline and next steps in the 2019-20 funding process includes:

  • December - February: Request for Investment Review Process
  • March - Early April: Opportunity for applicants to provide written and video testimony
  • April 20th and April 27th: Tentative funding decision meetings

Background: The Levy was created in 2002 and must be approved by voters every five years. Voters most recently renewed the Levy in Spring 2018 for another five years beginning July 1, 2019. PCL typically launches a competitive funding round after the Levy is renewed to make investments in programs serving children and families in Portland. 

In preparation for the 2019-20 funding process, PCL compiled key local data on Portland’s children, revised its grantmaking process and engaged community members and service providers in discussion on needed services. Full reports can be found at the links below. 

Portland’s Children: Overview of Key Local Data. This report from Fall 2018 summarizes data from various local and state sources and provides a current snapshot of children in Portland -- who they are and population-level outcomes -- in the context of the Levy’s six program areas.

Grantmaking Improvement Study by Portland State University. This 2018 study looked at the major phases of the Levy grantmaking process (pre-application, application and decision-making), and included 30 recommendations to increase transparency and equity.  Most of these recommendations were adopted, including the creation of a  Small Grants Fund to improve equity of access to Levy funding for smaller organizations.

A Community Engagement Executive Summary, Final Report and Appendix. A Community Engagaement process was conducted by Empress Rules Equity Consulting  in 2018-19.  Empress Rules surveyed community members and service providers on needs and priorities and hosted focus groups for deeper discussions with youth, parents and caregivers from diverse communities. 

In May 2019 the Levy's Allocation Committee  adopted final strategies in each Levy program area  based on these reports.   

A total $69 million projected to be available over three years (2020 –2023) was allocated between Levy program areas as follows:

  • Early Childhood: $21.3 million
  • Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention: $13.7 million
  • After School: $13 million
  • Foster Care: $7.5 million
  • Hunger Relief: $7.5 million
  • Mentoring: $6.2 million

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