Contact: Shawn Uhlman, PDC,, 503-823-7994

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) has announced availability of $750,000 in grant funds for community-based organizations proposing projects in the Lents Town Center, Gateway Regional Center and Central Eastside urban renewal areas (URAs) as well as in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. Funding for the Interstate Corridor URA will be announced in early 2017 after the completion of the North/Northeast Community Development Initiative Action Plan.

Priority will be given to projects that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and that promote widely shared prosperity.

Funding will be available through PDC’s Community Livability Grant program, which prioritizes projects that support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners; improve access to jobs and workforce development services; honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history; and/or deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities.

The application process opens on Monday, October 24, 2016, and proposals are due Monday, December 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PDC will hold four information sessions in November and early December for applicants who want hands-on assistance. Times and locations will be posted on

Since 2006, PDC has awarded more than $5 million to 104 community livability projects across multiple urban renewal areas, including the Portland Mercado, Arbor Lodge Urban Farm, Albina Green, and the Earl Boyles Early Learning Wing and Neighborhood Center.