Applications are due Monday, Aug. 14 at 11:59 p.m.

The Portland Children’s Levy seeks a member of the business community in the City of Portland to serve on the Allocation Committee.

The Levy is overseen by a 5-member Allocation Committee that meets publicly in Portland City Council Chambers. The committee makes funding recommendations in a competitive application process subject to Portland City Council approval. The committee also reviews performance of funded programs and advises PCL staff on policy decisions related to funding and monitoring grants.

Committee members include elected representatives from City Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, citizen members with knowledge and experience on children’s issues, and a representative of the business community.   

The Portland Children’s Levy (PCL) is a City of Portland local option property tax that generates about $23 million annually to support children and their families. PCL grew out of a need to increase children’s access to proven programs that support positive early development, school engagement and academic achievement, high school graduation and family safety and stability.

PCL’s goals are to prepare children for school, support children’s success inside and outside of school and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in children’s well-being and school success. In working toward these goals, PCL invests in the following types of programs for children and their families:

  • Early childhood 
  • Child abuse prevention and intervention  
  • Foster youth 
  • After-school 
  • Mentoring 
  • Hunger relief 

How to apply 

For more information on member qualifications, read the recruitment information through the Office of Civic Life’s Advisory Bodies program. You can submit an application for the Allocation Committee by applying on the City of Portland’s website at the link below. Applications are due Monday, Aug. 14 at 11:59 p.m. 

Please note that applicants can’t have a conflict of interest with a current grantee. An applicant must not:

  • Be currently employed by a grantee agency or employed by a grantee agency in the past 2 years
  • Currently serve on the board of a grantee agency
  • Have immediate family members (spouse, child, parent, sibling) currently employed by a grantee agency.  

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or call 503-865-6061.