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Portland City Council Approves $631K in Cannabis Social Equity Grants 


On October 23, 2019, Portland City Council approved $631,321 in total funding for six organizations as part of Year 2 the City of Portland’s Cannabis Social Equity Grants.

 The work of the organizations that received funding fell into at least one of these Year 2 priority areas, with broad citywide goals of supporting community reinvestment, equitable outcomes, and restorative justice:

  • Workforce development
  • Record-clearing and expungement
  • Re-entry housing services

The City of Portland’s Cannabis Program in the Office of Community & Civic Life will manage Year 2 and future cycles of the Cannabis Social Equity Grants. Along with creating and facilitating the grant application process, additional Cannabis Program staff support includes:

  • Organizing community listening sessions about funding priorities and the grant application process
  • Convening a Review Panel to offer recommendations about funding
  • Providing support to organizations that receive funding, and to those that were not selected, so that all organizations understand how best to engage with and navigate City funding opportunities

The City of Portland received applications from 32 organizations totaling $3.8M in need for Year 2 of the Cannabis Social Equity Grants, a threefold increase in applications from Year 1.

More information about the organizations that were selected for funding follows, and thank you to everyone who applied!

SE Works, Inc: YouthWorks – Workforce Development

  • SE Works will provide job training, education, career development support, and services to 40 youth between ages 18-24 who’ve been charged in the adult justice system with drug and/or property crimes living in Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative areas. The areas include Lents, Rosewood, Cully/Jade, and Division/Midway, with a focus on advancing equity for youth of color.

Constructing Hope Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Building Equity – Workforce Development

  • Constructing Hope will provide 50 participants with a free-of-charge, 10-week construction skills and life skills training classes. In addition, expungement and driver license assistance will be provided. Also, quarterly mentorship, hiring events, case management, career placement services, boots, and equipment for every participant will be included

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project: Building Economic Power for Day Laborers – Workforce Development

  • Voz will engage 250 day laborers in workforce development trainings through basic training, workforce communication, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a 10 day training. Voz Workers’ Right Education Project will have workforce training, assess and track skill development, and update and market a new wage scale.

Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC + RAHS): Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program – Workforce Development

  • [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] POIC + RAHS will place 48-60 low-income youth and young adults of color on track to obtain construction-specific job skills, hands-on experience, and industry certification. Their goal is to prepare low income youth and young people of color to enter full apprenticeships and earn a living-wage construction career.

Metropolitan Public Defenders: Community Coalition Record Clearing Clinics – Record-clearing and Expungement

  • [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] Metropolitan Public Defenders will continue to provide expungement services for up to 1,000 people and hold 30 expungement clinics, establish a community advisory board, and develop coalition of organizations with a shared interest in reforming expungement law.

Green Hop, LLC: Green Hop Academy – Cannabis Workforce Development

  • [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] Green Hop, LLC  will provide 10 participants an accelerated cannabis workforce-training program in two 10-week cohorts. These programs will connect historically underserved populations with education about cannabis and provide hourly pay and entry-level job experience in the cannabis industry. Green Hop LLC will also launch a paid apprenticeship program for seven participants through a one- to two-year workforce incubator, and will offers career-level experience for people in underserved populations to gain more knowledge of the cannabis industry.



Council presentation and request for approval - NEW DATE & TIME

**Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:15am**

Portland City Hall- Council Chambers

1221 SW 4th Ave. 

Portland, OR 97204

Council meeting agenda and live stream available online - CLICK HERE 


THANK YOU to all who applied for the City of Portland’s 2019 Cannabis Social Equity Grants!

The application period has closed for this cycle.

This year we received 32 proposals (that’s three times as many proposals than last year!) totaling more than $3.8 million in requested funds.

Portland has $490,000 available for Cannabis Social Equity Grants in 2019. That means there are lots of great projects for the Review Panel to consider, and some tough decisions to be made. It also means that things are taking a bit longer than expected.

Here’s the current timeline for grant notification:

  • June: Review Panel reviews and scores applications

  • Early July: Final details and approvals

  • Mid July: Applicants and final grantees notified

We expect to be announcing this year’s grant recipients sometime after mid July.

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 Kimie Ueoka, Policy Coordinator with the City of Portland’s Cannabis Program, at or 503-823-2094.


City of Portland's Cannabis Social Equity Grant

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

In FY 18-19 there is $700k available for Cannabis Social Equity Grants, which can be used for the following purposes according to Ballot Measure 29-180:

"Support for neighborhood small businesses, especially women-owned and minority-owned businesses, including but not limited to business incubator programs, management training, and job training opportunities; and providing economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately-impacted by cannabis prohibition."

Of that $700,000, Prosper Portland will administer $210,000 to provide industry support and technical assistance to minority-owned cannabis businesses.

The Cannabis Program, in the Office of Community & Civic Life, will award the remaining $490,000 in a 8 to 10-month grants to “promote small businesses, especially women-owned and minority-owned businesses” and “provide economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.”

For this funding opportunity (fiscal year 2018-19), applicants may request funding for projects and programs ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 in the following priority areas:

  • Record clearing and expungement
  • Workforce development
  • Re-entry housing services

The current timeline for awarding the $490,000 in grants is as follows:

  • April 1, 2019 - Grant application listening session (click here to view the Listening Session Summary)
  • April 12, 2019: Grants application process opens
  • April 26 & May 2, 2019: Information Session about grants application process (MORE INFO BELOW)
  • May 24, 2019: Grants application process closes
  • BEYOND JULY 2019: Grant applicants notified of decision; grant agreements drafted and signed; grant agreements to Portland City Council for approval; notice to proceed given to successful applicants; work begins 

Information Sessions were held on:

April 26, 2019  -  10 to 11 am at East Portland Community Office (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland OR 97220)

May 2, 2019  -  4 to 6 pm at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97211) **Extended to 6pm!**

Information Session PowerPoint + Q&A


The application period for 2019 Cannabis Social Equity Grant has closed.

Questions? Please contact Cannabis Program Policy Coordinator Kimie Ueoka at 503-823-2094 or email

History of Portland's local cannabis tax

In 2016, Portland voters passed a 3% tax on recreational cannabis.

Since then, over $6M has gone toward street infrastructure improvements; DUII training; drug rehabilitation; small business support, economic opportunity, and technical assistance for business owners from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition; record-clearing; and other efforts.

For more information about the past, present, and future of Portland's local cannabis tax, please click here to read Timeline, Report, and Plan: Portland's Local Cannabis Tax, prepared by the City of Portland's Cannabis Program.

The report includes information about the original ballot measure that authorized Portland's 3% local cannabis tax, the decisions that were made in 2017 and 2018, recommendations for how Portland's local cannabis tax ought to be approached moving forward, more detail about this year's Social Equity Grants, and more.

In FY 2017-18, the City awarded $500k in Social Equity Grants that were administered by Prosper Portland and the City of Portland's Grants Office. To learn more about these efforts, please click here.

This year's tax (Fiscal Year 18-19)

In fiscal year (FY) 2018-19, there was about $3.6M in revenue available for those efforts:

  • $1.77M - Portland Bureau of Transportation, Vision Zero projects
  • $2.15M - Portland Police Bureau, DUII Training and Vision Zero traffic enforcement
  • $700k - Office of Community & Civic Life, Social Equity Grants

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Our goals for future allocation of the City of Portland’s local cannabis tax revenue are the following:

  • That the City of Portland strictly adheres both to the letter and to the intent of Ballot Measure 26-180;
  • That the City conducts an open, transparent process by which local cannabis tax revenue allocation priorities are established, and by which decisions about the specific proposals that are funded are made;
  • That the City has an ongoing mechanism of accountability for both the organizations that receive local cannabis tax revenue, and for the City bureaus and offices that make decisions about funding prioritization;
  • That the community can easily understand these processes, and know where they can provide input or witness these processes as they develop and are implemented.

The Cannabis Program will maintain this page  ( so that all information about the past, present, and future Portland's cannabis tax can be in one place, and with a point of contact.

More information

Want to know more or get involved? Keep checking here (, or contact Kimie Ueoka, Policy Coordinator for the City of Portland's Cannabis Program, at or 503-823-2094.