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

Spring Grant Applications are now available for Venture Portland member business associations! All applications must be submitted no later than March 8, 2024 at 12pm (noon). We have continued to streamline the application process to respond to the changing needs of Portland’s business districts. This cycle will feature 3 funding opportunities for business district activities taking place April 2024-September 2024:

  • Events and Marketing ($4,000 max)
  • District Enhancement ($6,000 max)
  • Contractors/Consultants ($6,000 max)

Venture Portland Spring Grant guidelines and application (PDF)

Venture Portland Spring Grant guidelines and application (DOC) (right click ‘save as’ to download)

Grant Evaluation Criteria