Dec. 1st, 2020
The Allocation Committee at its Monday meeting approved $1 million in new three-year investments for the Small Grants Fund to improve equity of access for organizations that have not received Levy funding in the past.
The three-year grants will begin in January and include four mentoring programs, three after-school programs and one hunger relief program. They are: African Youth and Community Organization, Camp Elso, Portland Tennis and Education, Brown Girl Rise, Elevate Oregon, Ethiopian & Eritrean Cultural and Resource Center, Urban Gleaners and Native Wellness Center.
"These extraordinary, community-based organizations, and new PCL partners, will provide hope and resiliency to the next generation by serving children, youth and families from marginalized communities, individuals with intersectional identities, and those with disabilities,'' said AC Chair and City Commissioner Dan Ryan. "We are pleased to support their work and their missions. Congratulations all."
The Small Grants Fund process began last spring with guidance from a six-member volunteer design team, included multiple community conversations with small organizations, and culminated in funding recommendations made by a 12-member review team.
The Allocation Committee unanimously voted to approve the review team recommendations. The Portland City Council has final approval on Allocation Committee decisions and will review these decisions at is meeting later this month.