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Cannabis Social Equity

The SEED Grant Fund is a restorative justice and community reinvestment grant opportunity funded by the City of Portland’s 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales. 


[Four students in protective gear from Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School practicing using saw machines as part of the funded project Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program – Workforce Development]


Legal recreational cannabis possession and sales were legalized by Oregon Measure 91 in November 2014. In late 2016, City of Portland voters to approved a 3% local tax on recreational cannabis sales. This came in the form of Portland Ballot Measure 26-180.

The ballot measure 26-180 outlines three uses for the revenue generated from Portland’s 3% tax on retail cannabis sales:

  • Drug and alcohol education and treatment programs;
  • Public safety that protect community members from unsafe drivers, including police, fire, and transportation safety; and
  • Restorative and reparative justice activities for small businesses, minority and women-owned businesses, and individuals and communities adversely impacted by cannabis prohibition (i.e., economic and social justice grants).

In the first three years of the grant:

  • Prosper Portland has administered the economic justice efforts around small business development.
  • The Office of Management and Finance administered Year 1 of the Cannabis Social Equity Grant and the Office of Community & Civic Life took over administration of in Year 2.

All programs and projects funded by Cannabis Social Equity Grants should:

  • Build capacity in communities, businesses, and individuals who’ve been adversely impacted by cannabis prohibition.
  • Reflect institutional commitment to equity, community partnerships, and building wealth and power in communities.
  • Increase community building and civic engagement opportunities for communities working toward equitable outcomes for all Portlanders

Stay informed about upcoming grant writing and storytelling workshops, community events, opportunities to help us identify priorities, and other activities related to the Cannabis Social Equity Grants and the Cannabis Program by:

Questions? Email or call (503-823-2094) Kimie Ueoka, Policy Coordinator with the City of Portland’s Cannabis Program.

2021 SEED Grant Fund Application is available NOW!

City of Portland's Restorative Justice and Reinvestment Grants