Applying for a Grant? Here’s how to get started

UPDATE OCTOBER 2019: Eligibility Requirements for Community Technology Grants:

Proposed projects must fulfill all of the following requirements to be considered for funding:

Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school, college, university, public library or governmental unit located within Multnomah County, OR.

  • The following entities are eligible to apply*:
    • Public educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, colleges, universities and extension centers, and all similarly situated private and parochial educational institutions which have received the appropriate accreditation from the State of Oregon and, where required, from other authorized accrediting agencies;
    • Any agency of city, county or regional government;
    • Oregon Judicial Department and Oregon Department of Justice;
    • Public libraries; or
    • Non-profit organizations;
Although individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply, they may participate as project partners.


Serve residents within Multnomah County, OR.


Utilize community media cable system technology in order to support project goals and objectives.

  • Cable system technology supported by this grant includes use of the community media channels. The community media channels reach all homes, schools, businesses and other organizations that subscribe to cable TV service. Local organizations and agencies submit video programming to be carried on these community channels.


Address at least one of the four public benefit areas identified for the grant program.

  • Disparities:A proposed project in this area focuses on reducing disparities for an underserved community. The proposed project should target underserved communities specifically and/or reach out to underserved groups within a broader community. Underserved refers to individuals and communities that are subject to barriers that limit or prevent their access to services, information, communication tools and/or training. These barriers may be technological, geographic, economic, physical, linguistic and/or cultural. Disparities should be evidenced by qualitative data.
  • Community Involvement: A proposed project in this area focuses on supporting and encouraging improved community involvement in issues of importance to a community. The project should enable a broad range of community residents and organizations to, for example, communicate, share information, promote community economic development, decide livability issues or participate in civic activities.
  • Cost Reduction: A proposed project in this area focuses on providing not-for-profit or public services or functions less expensively. Through use of the cable system technology, the applicant should be able to demonstrate how the project results in direct cost reduction or cost avoidance. This may entail services or functions that are internal or external to an organization or agency.
  • Service Delivery: A proposed project in this area focuses on improving the delivery or increasing the effectiveness of public or non-profit services to the general public or to targeted individuals, groups or organizations. Service delivery improvements could include quality, effectiveness and/or accessibility of the service. The project may focus on services that are internal or external to an organization.


Have only capital costs included for funding from this grant program.

  • Grant funds can only support project capital costs for goods or services whose useful life can be expected to exceed one year. Project capital costs which may be funded by grant funds include services, products, equipment or other resources whose useful life can be expected to exceed one year. For example, this could include video or data equipment; computer software or hardware; consultants, contractual services or personnel costs to design, install or test the capital project; consultants, tuition fees or personnel time to provide initial training on use of a new technology; building renovation; and internal network wiring in facilities are all eligible capital costs.


Contain a commitment to contribute funding for at least 50 percent of the total project budget from sources other than this grant program.

  • Applicant matching funds must provide a minimum of 50 percent (50%) of the total project cost. Allowable costs which qualify as matching funds include almost all project costs. For example, project management and other personnel, fringe benefits, indirect costs that support the project, travel, costs of professional services, project evaluation costs, training costs, equipment maintenance or insurance, or I-Net usage fees could qualify as matching funds. Matching funds may be in the form of cash or in-kind donations. Example: if the cost of implementing your project totals $100,000 then you may request funding for capital costs related to the project up to $50,000.


If you have answered positively to all six eligibility requirements then your proposed project is eligible for consideration under the competitive grant guidelines. To find out more about the availability of funds, application deadlines, and online application tools, please check out the Community Technology Grants online application tool.