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2021 SEED Grant Fund Application is available NOW!

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The City of Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life invites you to apply for the 2021 Social Equity & Educational Development (SEED) Grant Fund opportunity (formerly the Cannabis Social Equity Grants). 

This is an equity-driving, restorative justice and community reinvestment grant program funded by the City of Portland’s 3 % local tax on adult-use cannabis retail sales.  Racially-biased cannabis policies and disparate cannabis-related arrests, convictions, and sentencing have had long-lasting legal, social, economic, and inter-generational consequences on Black and Brown communities. This fund aims to rectify some of these past harms and to reinvest in these communities directly.  

The 2021 SEED Grant Fund, now in the 4th year of the grant fund, will have $800,000 available in grants.  In alignment with the Ballot Measure 26-180 passed in 2016, the SEED Grant Fund prioritizes BIPOC and women led/owned business initiatives AND/OR projects, programs or services that support economic and educational development of Black and Brown communities, which were most impacted by cannabis prohibition. 

Applicants may request funding for projects or programs in the following priority areas including but not limited to:  

EDUCATION 

  • Youth Training & Development  
  • Workforce Development 
  • Community Education
  • Health Education
  • STEAMM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math & Medical)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • Business incubation & acceleration 
  • Business Support for Entrepreneurs 
  • Co-Working Spaces
  • Networking & Mentorship 

EXPUNGEMENT 

  • Criminal justice reform projects and services 
  • Legal services and case management support 
  • Re-entry housing support and services 

SEED GRANT FUND AT-A-GLANCE:  

  • Total Funding Available = $800,000 
  • 2 Funding Options Available:
    • FOUR (4) One-Time Grants at $75,000 total per grant
    • TWO (2) Two-Year Grants at $250,000 total per grant ($125,000 per year)

The SEED Grant Fund seeks applications from non-profit and for-profit entities, of any size. Please note, newly formed groups or initiatives with fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit entity are also eligible to apply. Multi-entity collaborations, coalitions and/or consortium efforts are also encouraged to apply. If you have experience, expertise or passion in one of the priority areas and/or provide multicultural and community-specific engagement --- this might be the funding opportunity for you! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Office of Community & Civic Life recognizes that individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition may not want to participate in the legal cannabis industry. For this reason, the SEED Grant Fund supports projects within and outside of the cannabis industry. All are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

All applications must be submitted via email in WORD or PDF format by Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5PM PST to:

Dasheeda Dawson, Cannabis Program Supervisor  

 SEED@portlandoregon.gov

DOWNLOAD THE 2021 SEED GRANT APPLICATION (WORD) [3 pages]

DOWNLOAD THE 2021 SEED GRANT APPLICATION (PDF) [3 pages]

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SEED GRANT PRIORITIES & ELIGIBILITY?

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE 2021 SEED GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA) [10 pages]

And, join us for one of the upcoming virtual information sessions to learn more: 

Information Session 1 | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 5:30-6:30PM PST  

Information Session 2 |  Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 11:00-12:00PM PST 

*Please Note: Advance Registration is required for attendance. 

Can’t make either session? No worries! Recordings of both sessions will be available on-demand.  

 

2021 SEED GRANT FUND APPLICATION TIMELINE 

  • Round 1 Applications for funding are due by Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5:00PM PST 
  • Round 1 Decisions will be sent out by Monday, November 30, 2020 by 5:00PM PST – Note: those selected to move to Round 2 will be notified via email and will have two (2) weeks to complete the Round 2/final application. Round 2 extended application will be available online for preview and download by Friday, November 20, 2020. 
  • Round 2/Final Applications are due by December 14, 2020 by 5:00PM PST
  • Preliminary Notification to Selected Grant Recipients will be made in late January 2021  
  • 2021 SEED Grant recipient work is expected to start on July 1, 2021

Additional Questions?

Contact the Cannabis Program at cannabis@portlandoregon.gov

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