2020 Small Grants Fund Overview

Eight community programs were approved for $1 million in new three-year investments for the Small Grants Fund, created to improve equity of access for organizations that have not received Levy funding in the past.

The three-year grants will begin in January 2021 and include four mentoring programs, three after-school programs and one hunger relief program. They are:

"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 Levy Allocation Committee 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 and was spearheaded by Levy  Small Grants Fund Manager Arika Bridgeman-Bunyoli. The process included 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 Nov. 30th, 2020 to approve the review team recommendations. The Portland City Council approved the Allocation Committee decisions at its meeting a month later in December.