Venture Portland’s grant funds are available exclusively for member business associations and are offered various times throughout the year. Venture Portland grants fund many of the activities that make Portland unique, including street fairs and other community events, holiday festivities and shopping promotions, websites, banners, newsletters, maps and other marketing collateral for business districts.

Grant Awards

Since 1995 Venture Portland has granted more than $3 million to fund more than 800 business district projects, leveraging $5 million in additional private investment in districts city wide.

Current Funding Opportunities

Major Impact Awards

Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, Venture Portland is now offering the final round of Major Impact Grants to member business district associations. $250,000 in Major Impact Awards was distributed in summer 2023 and another $250,000 is now available for distribution in summer 2024. For this round, applicants may request $25,000-$50,000 for a project that fits into one of the following eligible categories and will occur between August 2024-July 2025. Applications are due no later than 7/12/24 at noon (12pm).