The City of Portland is now accepting propositions for financing from the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.
PCEF was produced by a ballot procedure passed in 2018 by Portland voters to carry out climate actions that center on equity and serve traditionally underrepresented populations.
Now in its 2nd year, the program will award about $60 million to qualified nonprofits to send propositions benefiting benefit neighborhoods of color, low-income Portlanders and disadvantaged Portlanders in the locations of:
Nonprofits can use directly or partner with other groups, including for-profit businesses. Applications will be accepted till November 30.
While Energy Trust is not directly included in PCEF and does get PCEF funding, it has worked with PCEF applicants and financed companies from the first round of moneying to much better serve clients of color and low-income customers.
For example, Energy Trust is supporting Community Energy Project, which was awarded PCEF funds in April, in providing home retrofits for Black house owners, and Constructing Hope, another PCEF recipient, in providing labor force training.
Find out more about the request for propositions and how Energy Trust can help groups considering applying.
clean energy (including energy effectiveness and solar) jobs
workforce development, professional training and assistance
green facilities and regenerative farming