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7.07.060 Funding Allocation Priorities.

A.  The Committee shall allocate funds consistent with the goals of this Chapter and within the following allocation percentages to the extent possible:

1.  Forty percent to sixty percent: Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

a.  This category includes residential, commercial and school-based projects.

b.  Programs broadening access to energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as community-initiated energy strategies and decentralized renewable energy, shall be a high priority.

c.  At least one half of the projects under this Subsection should specifically benefit low-income residents and communities of color.

d.  Funding agreements shall include terms to encourage rent stability including, but not limited to, provisions barring owners from using improvements funded by this Chapter as a basis for rent increases.

2.  Twenty percent to twenty-five percent: Clean energy jobs training, apprenticeships and contractor support.

a.  This category is intended to support non-profit programs that directly facilitate and promote job training, pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship programs and contractor training and support that are primarily aimed at supporting economically disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented workers in the skilled workforce (including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and chronically un-employed).

b.  Programs supporting entry into union registered apprentice trades shall be a high priority.

3.  Ten percent to fifteen percent: Regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure programs that result in sequestration of greenhouse gases.

a.  This category is intended to reduce greenhouse gases by supporting sustainable local food production and green infrastructure programs that result in sequestration of greenhouse gases within the City.

b.  Programs funded under this category should be designed to help demonstrate and promote the broader adoption of such practices, with a particular focus on low-income communities and communities of color.

4.  Five percent: Future Innovation.

a.  This category is intended to provide the Committee with flexibility to fund a project that does not directly fall under one of the other categories, but which provides an opportunity to further the goals of this Chapter.

B.  In making funding decisions, the Committee shall consider the following:

1.  Co-benefits: Whether a project prioritizes greenhouse gas reduction outcomes in a manner that promotes the economic, social and environmental justice outcomes identified in this Chapter.

2.  Geographical diversity, with the goal of funding projects that operate at the neighborhood level (including east of 82nd Avenue) as well as citywide. The Committee may also consider providing support to neighborhood-scale organizations to develop and expand their organizational capacity to implement projects on a larger scale.

3.  Organizational representation. To ensure that the City’s work addressing climate change is inclusive as well as effective, at least 20 percent of the Committee’s Funds shall be awarded to non-profit organizations with a stated mission and track-record of programs that benefit economically disadvantaged community members, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and the chronically unemployed. The qualified non-profit can apply solely or in partnership with other non-profit entities, government entities or for-profit businesses.

4.  Leveraging. Programs that would leverage additional governmental or private funding and therefore increase the overall program effectiveness should be priorities, but are not required.

5.  If there are insufficient qualified applicants, funds may be held over to the following year.

6.  If the Committee determines that the level of funding under any of these distribution categories is not meeting the climate or equity goals of the Chapter, the Committee may recommend that the City Council amend the Code to alter the allocation percentages.

C.  Terms of Grants

1.  U.S. made renewable energy products: Solar, wind, or other renewable energy systems purchases with monies provided by the Fund shall be predominantly manufactured in the United States unless a product meeting this criteria is unavailable or the cost is prohibitive.

2.  Workforce and Contractor Equity Agreement. Recipients of Funds must agree to the Workforce and Contactor Equity Agreement developed by the Committee.

3.  Family Wage Standards. Wage standards for projects funded by this Chapter shall be no less protective of workers than those contained in the State of Oregon’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology Act, ORS 470.560(2)(g).