SE Uplift awards two types of community grants: Community Small Grants and DEIA Capacity Building Grants (formerly Communications Grants). All grant projects must take place, or benefit community members, within SE Uplift’s Coalition boundaries. Proposals will be reviewed and scored using SE Uplift’s Board-approved Equity Lens and must align with our Mission, Values, and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Accessibility Statement.

The Community Grants Program is sponsored and administered by the City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life and Portland’s seven Neighborhood Coalitions. Thank you to Mayor Ted Wheeler, Civic Life, and the Portland City Council for advocating for and funding this critical resource for communitybuilding in Portland.

 

Scroll down to learn about each grant program, application timeline and how to apply!

Community Small Grants

Community Small Grants program offers the opportunity to engage community members across the city. By offering seed-money, training, and technical support, the program enables people and organizations to identify community needs, develop collaborative projects, and see ideas through to completion. The Community Small Grants program builds the skills and capacity of project leaders to shape the place where they live. Increased capacity creates confidence and from confidence grows ongoing engagement of new community leaders.


The goals of the Community Small Grants Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community; strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.

Review the Community Small Grants Handbook here.

Preference will be given to projects:

  • That create space and opportunity for everyone in our community to participate by following the principles contained within the DEIA Code of Ethics. All proposals will be reviewed using our Equity Lens which is based upon our commitment to correct harmful historical practices and policies as acknowledged in our DEIA Statement.
  • That have strong community support and involvement as demonstrated by volunteer hours and donated or discounted services over applications that are primarily coordinated and executed by paid personnel.
  • Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Strengthen community resilience and safety through programming, relief or logistical efforts that address the needs of impacted, vulnerable communities.

DEIA Capacity Building Grants

Each year, SE Uplift provides community groups with a small amount of funding to be used for communication and outreach efforts. Our priority for communication and outreach funding in 2021 is to make funds available to our diverse SE Portland community and to ensure funds support strategies and best practices for effective and accessible outreach and community engagement. The DEIA Capacity Building grants will be awarded to projects that support outreach and engagement strategies that focus on inclusion and accessibility with the intent of increasing diversity and equity.

Review the DEIA Capacity Building Grants Handbook here.

What is DEIA?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

DEIA stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility.

How are the DEIA Capacity Building Grants different from the Communications Grants?                                                                                            

The difference between DEIA Capacity Building Grants and Communications Grants is that the DEIA grants support small strategic investments that uplift an organizations commitment to broadening inclusion and accessibility. Historically, applicants for the Communications Grants lacked creativity in their outreach efforts. Though applications for Communications Grants mentioned language related to DEIA, many projects did not strategic and tangible results.

* DEIA Capacity Building Grant is not an Operations Grant. This funding opportunity is for strategic projects with attainable results following a DEIA mission. 

Preference will be given to projects:

  • That create space and opportunity for everyone in our community to participate by following the principles contained within the DEIA Code of Ethics. All proposals will be reviewed using our Equity Lens which is based upon our commitment to correct harmful historical practices and policies as acknowledged in our DEIA Statement.
  • Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including Black, Indigenous and communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Increase access to COVID-19 information (such as info sessions by hybrid meeting and/or translated information regard COVID-19 relief)

How to Apply:

Step 1: Review the Grants Handbook

Review the corresponding handbook for guidance on who can apply, what projects are eligible, how to complete the application, and more. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

* Applicants may apply to both grants. If you are applying to both grants, please submit separate applications for each grant.

Step 2: Get Inspired

Take a look at past Community Small Grants recipients and project inspiration round-up to get your creative juices flowing. This is also a great way to see what types of projects were successful in the past.

Attend an information workshop and open house hours. If you are unable to attend a workshop, we strongly encourage you to review the information in THIS PDF.

Thursday, October 28th 6:00PM-8:00PM Grants Info Workshop

Tuesday, November 2nd, 11:00AM-1:00PM Grants Info Workshop

Thursday, December 2nd, 4:00PM-6:00PM Grants Open House (RSVP)

* Project must take place or benefit SE Uplift Coalition Boundaries

 

Step 4: Complete the Application (3 easy ways to apply)

 
 SUBMIT ONLINE: Complete the application through the online form and attach all required documentation. Scroll to the bottom of this page for online application.

 PDF DOCUMENTS: Save a copy of the form to your computer. Open the document, fill in your answers, save it as a PDF, and send it back to us. Please note that if you fill in the form in your internet browser, it will not allow you to save your answers.

 WORD DOCUMENTS: Save a copy of the form to your computer. Open the document, fill in your answers, save it as a word document, and send it back to us.

A complete grant application must include the following components: Cover Page, Narrative, Budget, Proof of Eligibility and Partnership Letters if applicable. Do not include any additional documents. You do not have to use the forms provided. If you choose to create your own form, please answer all questions in the order they are listed.

Step 5: Submit Your Application!

Applications are due by Monday, January 10, 2022 by 5:00pm. Applications can be submitted online, by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email or online submission is preferred.


Questions?

If you have questions about the application or submission process, contact paola@seuplift.org and/or matchu@seuplift.org.

If you are applying for the Community Small Grants you can set up a 1:1 meeting with SE Uplift’s Community Liaison Program Manager Matchu Williams for project idea advice, questions, review of applications and for feedback before the application deadline. To set up a meeting with Matchu click here or email matchu@seuplift.org

If you are applying for the DEIA Capacity Building Grants you can set up a 1:1 meeting with SE Uplift’s Communications & Outreach Manager Paola De La Cruz for project idea advice, questions, review of applications and for feedback before the application deadline. To set up a meeting with Paola click here or email paola@seuplift.org