Venture Portland’s grant funds, like venture capital, are invested in the smart, strategic growth of Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts and help business districts city-wide best meet the needs of their diverse communities. Venture Portland grants fund many of the activities that make Portland Portland, including the summer ‘season of street fairs’ hosted by the city’s neighborhood business districts. Grants also make many holiday festivities, websites, banners, newsletters, maps and other marketing collateral possible for business districts.

Grant Awards

Since 1995 Venture Portland has granted more than $1.6 million to fund 587 business district projects, leveraging $5 million in additional private investment in districts city wide. In FY 19-20, Venture Portland awarded $118,000 to fund 29 projects in 20 business districts, leveraging an additional $400,000 in private investment, a 3.5-to-1 match.

Current Funding Opportunities

Spring/Summer grant applications are now available! Guidelines & Application (PDF version)  or Guidelines & Application (.DOC version). Applications are due no later than 3/4/22 at 12pm.

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Previous Funding Opportunities

Grant Resources