Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

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

Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Grant Committee

Deadline for Applicants: June 14, 2019

Click here for the online application, see below for instructions.

Staff Liaison: Vinh Mason at the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7700.

Announcement also in: Spanish: Español | Vietnamese: Tiếng Việt |Chinese: 中文 | Russian: Русский | Romanian: Română | Ukrainian: Україньска | Japanese: 日本語 | Somali: Soomaali | Arabic: عربي | Laotian: ລາວ

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

In November 2018, Portland voters said yes to the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) to create a city grant program for clean energy and job training projects. The measure was intended to benefit communities on the frontlines of climate change, including low-income people and people of color. Grants will be available starting in 2020, and the program will eventually distribute $54-71 million in grants annually.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund grant program includes a 9-member Grant Committee responsible for:

  1. Carefully reading and evaluating applications for grants from the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
  2. Making recommendations to Portland City Council on which applications should receive a grant.
  3. Ensuring that the Fund is achieving its goals of creating clean energy and living-wage jobs.

Photo:  A group of 11 adults and kids wearing green shirts pose smiling in front of a hill at Cully Park in Northeast Portland. A woman in the front row holds a sign that reads "Vote Yes! Portland Clean Energy Fund. Empower Portland." Two kids are laying on the grass in the foreground and there are several children playing on playground equipment in the background.

Description of Photo 1:  A group of 11 adults and kids wearing green shirts pose smiling in front of a hill at Cully Park in Northeast Portland. A woman in the front row holds a sign that reads "Vote Yes! Portland Clean Energy Fund. Empower Portland." Two kids are laying on the grass in the foreground and there are several children playing on playground equipment in the background.

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the Grant Committee to understand and support the purpose and objectives of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund to: provide a consistent long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy.

We Encourage You to Apply

We want all of Portland's diverse communities to see themselves on the Grant Committee. Do you care about or work on climate change or racial justice or community issues? Please apply! Do you care about or work on solar energy, or energy efficiency, or job training? Please apply! Do you spend time on community gardens or tree planting? Please apply! You can know a lot about one thing, or a little about a lot of things. We want to hear from you. We want people from every part of Portland to share their voice on this Grant Committee, especially people who live east of 82nd Avenue. If you are interested in serving your community by spreading clean energy and living-wage jobs, then we want to see your application.

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cleanenergyfund.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Grant Committee, members must live, work, play, worship or go to school in the city of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats:  9 (nine)

Number of seats available: 5 (five) appointed by the Mayor based on nominations by each City Commissioner. Once appointed, those five nominees recommend four additional members to the Mayor for appointment.

Desired Attributes

We are looking for Grant Committee members who share the values of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund initiative:

  • Equity. Prioritize frontline community and local benefits, promote equitable outcomes, and institutionalize equity best practices in the city.
  • Economic Opportunity. Prioritize sustainable job creation, emphasize job training that promotes career pathways and job security, and advance the development of underserved contractors through business support and technical assistance.
  • Climate Action. Promote climate resilience, support climate mitigation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Accountability to Community. Support inclusive (e.g., cultural, language) participation and engagement throughout the program, maximize program transparency and accountability, and create a model for new and collaborative city-community partnership & practice.

 Terms & Time Commitment

  • The Committee will meet two times in its first month. Each meeting will be 2 hours and take place at Portland City Hall. After the first month, the Committee will set its own meeting schedule and locations. Committee members should set aside time to correspond and review materials in between meetings.
  • Members will serve a term of 4 years, except for the first Grant Committee, which will have five members appointed for 4-year terms and four members appointed for 2-year terms.  
  • Financial and other supports can be made be available. Translation/interpretation and financial support (e.g. for transportation, childcare) will be available as needed to enable the full participation of committee members in meetings and required trainings.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Click here for a PDF of the PCEF/Bureau of Planning & Sustainability recruitment flyer & more information. You can also email CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7700.

Application Process

Applications are due on June 14, 2019.

Click here for the online application, at this link, you may also submit your resumé if available. This digital submission option offers the advantage of a digital timestamp and delivery that certifies your submission date. It is the preferred, and fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee.

PDF & MS Word Applications are available. Email AdvisoryBodies@PortlandOregon.gov to request this format.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7700.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

Photo 2 description: A person wearing a yellow safety vest carrying a photovoltaic solar panel obscuring their face is walking across a rooftop where 9 solar panels are already installed. In the background are blue skies and the rooftops of residential homes.

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

Click here for a PDF of the PCEF/Bureau of Planning & Sustainability recruitment flyer & more information. You can also email CleanEnergyFund@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7700.

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

Photo 2 description: A person wearing a yellow safety vest carrying a photovoltaic solar panel obscuring their face is walking across a rooftop where 9 solar panels are already installed. In the background are blue skies and the rooftops of residential homes.