On October 23, 2019, Portland City Council approved by City Council Ordinance 189742 (Oct 16, 2019) $631,321 in total funding for six organizations as part of Year 2 the City of Portland’s Cannabis Social Equity Grants.
The Cannabis Program, in the Office of Community & Civic Life, awarded $631,321 in 8 to 10-month grants to provide economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.
Year 2 priority funding areas were:
For Year 2, projects and programs ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 were made available in the following priority areas:
- Record clearing and expungement
- Workforce development
- Re-entry housing services
The planned timeline for Year 2 was 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!**
Listening session feedback + action items
Information Session PowerPoint + Q&A
In Year 2, Civic Life received applications from 32 organizations totaling $3.8M in need, this was a threefold increase in applications from Year 1. The selected six organizations and their funded programs / projects are listed below:
Project title: Building Equity
Description: 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.
Project title: Green Hop Academy
Description: [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] 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.
Project title: Community Coalition Record Clearing Clinics
Description: [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] 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.
Project title: Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program – Workforce Development
Description: [Year 1 grant recipient selected for continued funding] 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.
Project title: YouthWorks
Description: 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.
Project title: Building Economic Power for Day Laborers – Workforce Development
Description: 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.