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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

Year 3 - Social Equity Grant


The City of Portland invites you to apply for the 2020 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.

The Cannabis Program, in the Office of Community & Civic Life, will award one-year grants to provide economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

Cannabis policies and disparate cannabis-related arrests, convictions, and sentencing have long lasting legal, social, economic, and inter-generational consequences on specific communities.

In Year 3, $548,000* is available for Cannabis Social Equity grants. Applicants may request funding for innovation and capacity-building projects and programs ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 in the following priority areas:

  • Criminal justice reform projects and services

  • Legal services and case management support

  • Workforce development

  • Re-entry housing support and services

If you have experience or expertise in one of the priority areas, foster interconnected communities, and provide multicultural and community-specific engagement- this might be the grant for you!

Non-profit and for-profit entities, of any size, are encouraged to apply.

You can use this link to download the 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant announcement and application.

Join us for one of our information sessions to learn more:

Information Session 1- Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 3-4pm at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) 4817 NE 7th Ave. Portland OR 97211

Information Session 2- Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10-11am at East Portland Community Office (EPCO) 1017 NE 117th Ave. Portland OR 97220

Information Session 3- Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 3-4pm at St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central St. Portland OR 97203

Applications for funding are due Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 5pm Pacific.

2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant - Application.docx

2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant - Budget Form.xlsx


Frequently Asked Questions

Information Session (slides) 


*Total amount available adjusted to correct for an earlier miscalculation.