98% of Portland’s 19,200 neighborhood businesses have 5 or fewer employees but provide more than 270,000 jobs. These small businesses create and keep more local … Keep Reading ››
Economic Development Grants
These large annual grants (up to $10,000/each) are available in the Spring/Summer cycle. Grant funds must be matched with private investment (cash). Eligible projects must show quantifiable results of economic development during the grant cycle (jobs/businesses created or retained, neighborhood business revenue growth, etc.). Business districts may not apply for both a Benchmark grant and an Economic Development grant in the same cycle.
Economic Development Grant Resources
- 2019 Economic Development Grant Application (DOC)
- 2019 Economic Development Grant Guidelines (PDF)
- 2019 Economic Development Fillable Budget (XLS)
- What is Economic Development? (PDF)
Benchmark Achievement and Economic Development
Business districts should assess their readiness to be able to accomplish economic development. Business districts that have demonstrated benchmark success are in the best position to build on their track record and are more likely to have strong programs and assets in place to leverage economic development activities. Benchmark achievement is one of Venture Portland’s long-term strategic priorities, with a goal of 2 benchmarks achieved by each neighborhood business district before the conclusion of FY 19-20. Use the Benchmarking Success Tool (PDF Fillable Form) to identify benchmark progress and complete the appropriate form(s) below with your Economic Development Grant application.
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – Membership (Word)
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – Signature Event (Word)
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – Website (Word)
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – District Identity (Word)
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – Collateral (Word)
- Business District Benchmark Achievement Form – Marketing (Word)