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Applications are due by Tuesday, October 31, 2023 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Groups seeking to apply for both opportunities must submit separate applications for their projects.

Communities become stronger when neighbors come together across differences to build connections to one another and create a shared vision for change. Through two SE Uplift grant programs, groups with a project located in the SE Uplift district area – and/or that will serve the residents of the district –  may apply for funding to help shape the places where they live, work and play. SE Uplift provides training and technical support to help applicants submit a strong proposal and see their ideas through to completion.

SE Uplift Awards Two Types of Grants Each Year
Community Small Grants

The Community Small Grants program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 for projects that increase the number and diversity of people engaged in the broader community; that strengthen the community’s capacity to build leadership, identity, skills, and relationships; and that increase the ability for the community to impact public decisions and community life.

The IDEA Communications Grants program awards grants up to $1,000 for eligible communications-related projects that focus on increasing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) within the SE Uplift district area.


Applications for both grant programs must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Projects must take place in and/or serve residents within the SE Uplift district area.
  • Applicants must be a nonprofit organization, community group, or collaborative project team; individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be one of the following: a) a federally-designated 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization, b) fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization, or c) will apply for fiscal sponsorship through SE Uplift if selected to receive a grant.
  • Past SE Uplift grant recipients must have completed their projects by the due date and submitted their final reporting paperwork to be eligible. Current SE Uplift grant recipients must contact SE Uplift prior to applying to verify that they have made sufficient progress towards completing their grant project.
  • Past SEUL Community Small Grants recipients who have been awarded two years in a row may apply again only if they have a different project or project phase for funding.


For compete details on each grant program’s evaluation criteria and application guidelines, and to get inspiration from successful projects to help you get started, please visit the program page.


Attend a Pre-Deadline Workshop

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of SE Uplift’s grant information workshops. Workshops will include an overview of project criteria and eligibility requirements, tips for writing successful grant applications, and opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on project ideas.

Grant Application Workshop

Thursday, October 5th

7:00 – 8:30PM via Zoom

Register here

Grant Application Workshop

Sunday, October 15th 

7:00 – 8:30PM via Zoom

Register here

Grant Application Workshop

Wednesday, October 25th 

7:00 – 8:30PM via Zoom

Register here

Get One-on-One Support

You may contact SE Uplift at any time if you have questions. Time permitting, we are happy to assist you at any stage in your process – from discussing your project idea to reviewing a draft application. You can reach Alex Cherin, SE Uplift’s Partnerships & Grantmaking Programs Manager, when you click here to make arrangements.


Applications will be evaluated by a volunteer-led Grants Review Committee (GRC) who will score each proposal according to the grant program goals and criteria, and how the project aligns with SE Uplift’s Equity Lens, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Code of Ethics and IDEA statement. The committee will make funding recommendations to the SE Uplift Board of Directors on December 4, 2023. 

Applicants will be notified of their funding status by December 15, 2023


These grant programs are funded by the City of Portland’s Office of Community & Civic Life and are approved by the Portland City Council. Thank you to our City Commissioners and the Civic Life bureau for supporting this critical resource for community building in Portland.

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