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PCEF Mini Grants to tackle Climate Action while advancing Racial and Social Justice in Oregon


The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) Mini Grant Program is a quarterly grant opportunity offering up to $5,000 for activities that align with PCEF goals of tackling climate action while advancing racial and social justice.

Donor Name: City of Portland

State: Oregon

City: Portland

Type of Grant: Grant

Type of Entity: Non-profit Organizations

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/01/2022

Size of the Grant: $5,000


PCEF Mini Grants aim to reduce barriers for organizations engaging in climate and racial justice work by offering this quarterly grant opportunity that is responsive to small, time-sensitive funding needs through a simple application.

Funding Information

The mini grants program has a total annual budget of $400,000. $100,000 is available each quarter. Applicants can apply for one grant of up to $5,000 per quarter.

Eligible Expenses

All funding requests must support PCEF’s goals of tackling climate change while advancing racial and social justice. Applicants will be asked to describe their funding requests using the following funding categories.

  • Buying Goods: Examples include printed materials, food for events, technology, website subscriptions, gardening tools and materials, equipment
  • Staff Time and Community Participation: Examples include paying for staff to write grants, conduct community engagement, community events and projects, project planning, administrative tasks, internal organizational development
  • Attendance Costs for Trainings, Workshops, and Education: Examples include paying the costs for staff to participate in educational workshops, trainings, events, and conferences
  • Contracted Services: Examples include paying for grant writing services, translation and interpretation, meeting facilitation, graphic design services, artists/performers, technical assistance, assessments, energy audits
  • Costs associated with PCEF requirements:
    • Fiscal sponsorship fee: up to 10% of total funding amount
    • Additional insurance expense: if your insurance provider requires a fee to provide required insurance documents.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only non-profit organizations, including fiscal sponsors, may apply.
  • Projects that are physical improvements must be done within the City of Portland to benefit residents of the City of Portland.
  • Projects that do NOT include any physical improvements must benefit residents of the City of Portland.
  • Funding request must advance PCEF goals of tackling climate change while advancing racial and social justice (see PCEF objectives for more information).
  • Organizations can submit a maximum of one mini grant application per quarter.
  • Each application must be for a unique request.
  • Requests cannot add funds to other funded PCEF grant projects.

Examples of Eligible Mini Grant Funding Requests

  • Contract with a grant writer to help your organization apply for climate-related grants
  • Buy plants, soil, and compost for a community garden project
  • Pay for a contractor to conduct an energy audit of your building
  • Send staff to a training to learn more about clean energy
  • Pay for staff to organize a climate-related outreach event

For more information, visit PCEF Mini Grants.

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