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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Selection Process + Criteria


Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Grant applications will be reviewed in four stages:

  1. Initial screening to ensure applicant eligibility and that applications include all required information. (PBOT staff and consultants

  2. Technical screening to assess project feasibility and provide initial recommendations for technical support. (PBOT and other City of Portland staff)

  3. Selection committee review to prioritize projects. (City of Portland staff and community members)

  4. The selection committee will report recommendations to PBOT Director Leah Treat who will approve final selections.

  5. Grantees will be notified directly via phone and email. Announcement of awardees will be distributed via the PBOT website and other online communications.  



Scoring categories will include: 

Project Feasibility

In this area, the selection committee will be considering such factors as the budget, the project timeline and the applicant’s capacity. Selection committee members will be looking to ensure that the budget and project timeline are realistic and that the group has the capacity and/or the partnerships in place to successfully undertake the project.

Community Engagement and Equity

In this area, the selection committee will be considering who the project is designed by and with, who it is lead by and who will benefit. Projects that engage and/or benefit underrepresented groups (e.g. communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income residents, youth, elders and people with disabilities) will score higher than those that do not. This is also the area where the selection committee will be looking for the degree of community support that a project has. 

Connection to Transportation and Safety

In this area, the selection committee will consider the project’s connection to the public right-of-way (e.g., streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, trails), whether it relates to an existing PBOT program (e.g., Vision Zero, Sunday Parkways, Safe Routes to School) and/or whether it offers an innovative idea to enhance safety, mobility or connectivity of the city’s transportation system. 

Support for Livability and Community Placemaking

In this area, the selection committee will consider how the project supports and enhances neighborhood needs and character; whether it promotes safe, active and/or attractive public spaces; and whether it supports neighborhood institutions such as businesses, schools, libraries or cultural venues.