Contact: Anne Mangan, PDC, 503-823-2594

July 01, 2015

Following up on its recent commitment to the Tech Diversity Pledge, the Portland Development Commission will award approximately $30,000 in grants to deserving entities to encourage efforts to engage underrepresented populations in the tech industry and better establish those populations in tech training programs. This effort aligns with the first two actions in the Tech Diversity pledge, partnering with groups in Portland and strategies to increase hiring of underrepresented populations.

The Technology Training Funding Opportunity invites written proposals that address the following criteria: (1) impact: how many underrepresented people could benefit directly; (2) feasibility: likelihood of successful execution of plan; and (3) scalability: the ability to grow the program. The number and amount of grants will depend on the quality and number of the responses; PDC may award one grant for the full $30,000 or six grants for $5,000 each.

PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton said, “Technical career opportunities are out of reach for many disadvantaged and economically disconnected Portlanders. By increasing training opportunities for the underrepresented, we can better align the local tech demographic with the city’s own profile.”

Proposals must be submitted by midnight, July 20, 2015. All complete and responsive submittals received by the deadline will be evaluated by an advisory evaluation committee.

For more information, contact Jared Wiener, PDC, or 503-823-1034.