Community Technology LogoAbout Community Technology Grants

The funding for the MHCRC’s Community Grants program is made possible by local government’s ability to negotiate franchise agreements with companies that use the public rights-of-way for delivery of cable video services.  The cities of Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village and Multnomah County created the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (“MHCRC”) to regulate the franchise agreements and manage the public benefit resources provided under those agreements. The MHCRC receives dedicated funds from Comcast, Frontier, and CenturyLink and allocates the funds to serve the public interest.  The Community Grants program is administered by the City of Portland Office for Community Technology.

For over 20 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 technology resources for a public benefit. The program invests in local entities to support the Institutional Network (I-NET) and in producing video content to be shared on the community media center channels in order to meet project-related goals and objectives. Current program requirements are limited to investments in producing video content only.

The Community Technology Grants program is a competitive grant-making process that begins with a Pre-Application. The MHCRC typically releases notice of available funds in October with an early December deadline for Pre-Applications.

Grant Cycle Overview 

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.

The deadline for 2021 Pre-Applications is December 10, 2020.

Process Timeline

  • October 15: Grant Cycle Pre-Application Opened. Apply here.
  • December 10: Pre-Applications Due
  • January: The members of the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) review the Pre-Applications and invite selected applicants to apply for grant funding by completing a final application
  • February – June: MHCRC staff works with applicants to finalize a full grant application and contract.
  • Grant Term: Grant Implementation and Reporting Requirements

Funds Available

Up to $800,000 is available for the 2021 grant cycle.

How much can I request?

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the grant funds required to complete their proposed project. A 50% match is required by the grantee.

Average grant size: $75,379
Median grant size: $50,856

Grant Assistance/Questions

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 Rana DeBey, Grants Manager, at rana@mhcrc.org.