Community Technology Grants
About Community Technology Grants
For the past 16 years, the Community Technology Grants program (fka the Community Access Capital Grant) has provided funding throughout Multnomah County to nonprofits, educators, libraries and local governments to support use of community technology resources for a public benefit.
October 2014: The 2015 Community Technology Grants cycle is now open! Apply now!
The MHCRC’s selection criteria for the 2015 grant cycle has not changed; however the application process, which begins with a Pre-Application, has now moved online! In order to access the online system, you must first register to receive a log in and password. Please read the Grant Guidelines below and then learn more about the online application process here.
2015 Grant Guidelines
Applicants submit online Pre-Applications by the Pre-Application deadline. The MHCRC will decide, based on the Pre-Applications, which applicants to invite to apply for 2015 grant funding. Staff will work with each invited applicant to clarify all elements of the proposed project and to finalize a grant application and contract.
The Pre-Application provides the MHCRC a general understanding of the applicant’s proposed project, and the degree to which the project fits the grant fund purpose and requirements. Completed Pre-Applications are due December 9, 2014 and must be completed through the online system. Supplemental information to the Pre-Application is not accepted.
About $800,000 is available for the 2015 grant cycle.
Pre-Application Due: December 9, 2014
MHCRC Selection of Invited Applicants: Late January 2015
Grant Applications/Contracts Finalized: March-June 2015
MHCRC staff is available to consult on Pre-Applications or project ideas. Staff highly recommends any consultation request be received at least one week prior to the Pre-Application deadline. MHCRC staff may not be able to respond adequately to requests received within one week of the deadline. Please contact Rebecca Gibbons, Grant Program Coordinator, at 503-823-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend the Grant Informational Meeting: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Columbia Building, 111 SW Columbia St., 6th Floor, Revenue Bureau Rivers Conference Room, Portland, OR. Questions? Contact: Rebecca Gibbons, 503-823-5515, email@example.com.
Proposed projects must fulfill all the following minimum requirements to be considered in the Pre-Application process:
- Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, college, university, public library or governmental unit located within Multnomah County, OR.*
- Serve residents within Multnomah County, OR.
- Use the community access channels to distribute video programming on the cable system or use the Institutional Network in order to support project goals and objectives.
- Address at least one of the four public benefit areas identified for the grant program.
- Have only capital costs included for funding from grant funds.
- Commit to provide matching resources for at least 50 percent of the total project budget from resources other than this grant program.
* The MHCRC does not accept Pre-Applications from Kx12 public school districts or individual schools. The public school districts within the MHCRC’s service area will be receiving community grants through a separate MHCRC funding initiative focused on student achievement and education outcomes (TechSmart Initiative).
The MHCRC takes into account the following selection factors in making its preliminary funding decisions:
- Internal review analysis;
- Geographic distribution of beneficiaries of the grant applications;
- The variety of technologies employed by the proposed projects;
- Avoidance of redundancy and conflicts with the initiatives of other publicly funded projects; and
- The availability of funds.
If you'd like to receive electronic notice of future funding opportunities, please send us an email with the subject line "Add: Community Technology Grants."