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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204


Submit proposals and Refer questions to:

Kari Koch
Phone: (503) 823-2294


POSTED: August 2, 2018

City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life, OPEN GRANT CALL for Constructing Civic Dialogues

For decades, the City of Portland has offered mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation for challenging conversations at no charge to community members.  These services have benefitted individuals and groups when they have identified the need for third-party support in discussing challenging topics and have been resourced through a grant for services with Resolutions Northwest.  Now, we are expanding on these services.

The City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life, hereafter called “Civic Life,” is seeking proposals to provide multicultural, multilingual, and community-specific training and/or services to build community capacity to promote the common good through constructive dialogue.

This summer, we are offering a grant opportunity for up to five entities to offer services at no charge to individuals and groups to foster: 

  • understanding of differing perspectives,
  • generative public dialogue, and
  • constructive conflict.

Civic Life seeks applications from non-profit and for-profit entities (e.g., community-based organizations, individuals, firms, teams, or consultants), hereafter called “Applicant(s),” with demonstrated experience in their area of action/expertise in the following areas:

  • Applying equity and inclusion to civic processes.
  • Fostering interconnected communities and a sense of belonging among its diverse members.
  • Providing multicultural, multilingual, and community-specific engagement.

 Projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Providing training in reflective listening, non-violent communication, facilitation, community dialogue, and good governance practices.
  • Providing collaborative decision-making and problem-solving services for communities experiencing conflict.
  • Providing public dialogue, experiences, and interactive opportunities that builds common understanding from unique perspectives.

Successful projects will serve community members in the City of Portland, with emphasis on reaching Portlanders through City networks, e.g., bureaus, programs, advisory boards and commissions and community partners such as neighborhood coalitions and community-based organizations.  Civic Life will select a cohort of grantees that represents a balance of projects that provides a continuum of services.

In fiscal year 2018-2019, the Constructing Civic Dialogues program will invest up to $130,000 for up to five new partnerships ranging from $15,000 to $65,000.  Our intention is to renew these partnerships for up to two more fiscal years – 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 – contingent upon first year outcomes and available bureau budgets.

Proposals due:  August 30th, 2018 by 4:00pm PST

Click below for grant call, application and scoring criteria PDF for further information.

The grant funding is for six months, beginning in January of 2019 and ending in June of 2019.