About the Community Grants Program
The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) is the grant-making body
for the Community Grants program, which provides funds for technology projects to community organizations, libraries,
educational institutions and local government agencies throughout Multnomah
County. This program assists local entities in using cable system technology
for enhanced communications, including video, data and voice applications.
a financial means to address concrete local needs, such
as improving learning resources in public schools and
community colleges; removing barriers to receiving an education,
information or social services by disadvantaged or challenged
people; and increasing access to media tools for local
discourse and communications.
While the MHCRC has been funding projects within Multnomah County for over a decade, recently the MHCRC was inspired to re-think its grants program to address its growing desire to strategically invest in a social issue critical to the health of the Cities and County it serves. As a result, following an indepth redesign process, the MHCRC now supports an annual funding round for Community Technology Grants and the TechSmart Initiative, which supports public school districts in Multnomah County to improve academic outcomes for all students. For more information on these programs, click the logos below.
The funding for the Community Grants program is made possible by
local government’s ability to negotiate franchise
agreements with cable companies for their private use
of the public right-of-way. The cities of Fairview, Gresham,
Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village and Multnomah County
created the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, through
an intergovernmental agreement, to regulate and oversee
the franchise agreements. The MHCRC receives dedicated
grant funds from Comcast, Frontier and Reliance Connects, the current cable operators
areas of Multnomah County, and allocates the funds to serve the
As a result of the source of funding for the Community Grants program,
proposed projects must use either community
access channels or the Institutional
Network (I-Net) within Multnomah County to meet a local communication
or information need.
Grantmaking Guilding Principles
We, as members of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, commit to excellence, effectiveness and inclusive practices in our giving, employment, leadership and civic activities. We commit to learning, open dialogue and reflection in an environment where all individuals have voice and full participation.
We, as members of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, recognize our role in investing in underserved communities. Therefore, we commit to fostering the conditions necessary for individuals and communities to prosper, reach their full potential and achieve well-being.
We, as members of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, commit to transparency and to fulfilling our work based on principles that reflect our obligations to maintain the public trust. Accordingly, we conduct our affairs in the following manner:
Ethics and Law Principles
We are aware of and fulfill our fiduciary and legal responsibilities.
We adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior.
We honor the intent of our donors, founders and founding mandates.
Good Governance Principles
We are thoughtful and purposeful in our grantmaking and periodically review and evaluate our mission, priorities, policies and practices.
We are accessible and respond clearly, promptly and as fairly as possible to all requests for information and meetings.
We define the expected steps in our grantmaking process and communicate these to applicants and grantees.
We publish or otherwise make readily available basic information about our programs, funding priorities and application requirements.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles
We value the diversity of the communities we serve and strive to reflect and engage this diversity in our roles as funders, employers, economic entities and civic participants.
We seek to learn about the systemic barriers to individual success. We work to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the resources needed to thrive.
We embrace inclusion by creating an environment that welcomes varying ideas, backgrounds and perspectives.
Respectful Relationships Principles
We deal respectfully with applicants, grantees and donors, as well as those simply seeking information about our programs.
We respect the confidentiality of applicants, grantees and donors and use discretion in communicating with others about specific organizations or individuals.
Want to Apply?
Learn more about the TechSmart Initiative here and Community Technology Grants here.
Contact Grant Program Staff:
Julie S. Omelchuck, Grant Program
Rebecca Gibbons, Grant Program
Joshua Eddings, Compliance Assistant, 503.823.3659
Read the about the Projects
September 2014: MHCRC members joined with fellow community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the new Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles. The MHCRC was recognized as a significant project partner at the grand opening celebration and was honored with a conference room and two observation rooms named after the MHCRC and the TechSmart initiative. For more about the event click here.
Pictured: DDSD Superintendent Don Grotting,
MHCRC staff Julie S. Omelchuck and Earl Boyles Principal Ericka Guynes. Sept. 18, 2014 Celebration Event.
Sept. 18, 2014 Celebration Event.
Technology Immersion Pilot Project...Shaping the Future of PPS
Through the Technology Immersion Pilot project, Roosevelt High School is leveraging a state School Improvement Grant to transform the school using anytime/anywhere access to technology for students and their families while giving teachers and administrators the opportunity and the tools to transition to online learning environments. All 850 students will receive mobile computing devices for the 2012-13 school year; e-books will be deployed; and teachers and administrators will receive targeted professional learning, curriculum tools and teaching technology. This holistic approach represents a first for Portland Public Schools and the region and serves as the blueprint for modernizing all of PPS Schools.
PPS District completes move to online library
Joining Portland Public School Library staff and Ruth Adkins, a member of
the PPS School Board, MHCRC members John Kilian and Andrea Cano placed the
final barcodes on books at the last school library to move to the new library
automation system. Through funding from the MHCRC, Portland Public Schools
overhauled its antiquated system in the school-based libraries for circulation,
research and accessibility of library materials. The project replaced PPS’s
inefficient library services delivery in all 83 school libraries. http://www.pps.k12.or.us/news/760.htm
NW Film Center honors the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission with its
2007 Service To Young Filmmakers Award!
NW Film Center bestows this award annually to a local individual or organization
in recognition of their outstanding contribution to youth media. Through the
Community Access Capital Grant Program (and in the years before), the MHCRC
has helped make possible a wide range of outreach activities which cut to
the core values of NW Film's efforts: enabling young people to express themselves
through media production, and for their work to inform our larger community
through cable broadcast and other means. Past winners have included the Regional
Arts & Culture Council, the Diack Family Fund and a number of teachers
and teaching artists who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of
hundreds and thousands of young people.