About the Community Grants Program

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) is the grant-making body for the Community Grants program (“Grant 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 through our TechSmart Initiative and our Community Technology Grants program.

Grants provide 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, workforce training, information or other social services; and increasing access to media tools for local discourse, civic participation, and communications.


The funding for the Grant 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, CenturyLink, Ziply (formerly Frontier) and Reliance Connects, the current cable operators serving areas of Multnomah County, and allocates the funds to serve the public interest.

As a result of the source of funding for the Community Grants Program, proposed projects must use the community access channels within Multnomah County to meet a local communication or information need.

Contact Grant Program Staff

Rana DeBey, Community Grants Manager, 503.823.1031