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Green Features Grant Program

We are currently accepting applications for the Green Features Grant Program. 

PDC offers financial assistance through the Green Grant program for the purpose of encouraging small businesses and building owners to:

  • Increase business competitiveness through energy efficient upgrades that lower utility costs and green improvements that demonstrate commitment to sustainable practices; and
  • Promote green innovation by integrating new technology and supporting local green products and contractors. 


 

Examples

  1. Energy efficiency upgrades that reduce the building’s electric or gas consumption.  Eligible upgrades include insulation, heating and cooling equipment, geothermal heat pumps, lighting, controls, and food service equipment that are Energy Star rated or that meet Energy Trust of Oregon minimum efficiency requirements.
  2. Renewable energy technology that is suitable for existing commercial buildings and small businesses and that can reduce utility usage and  impact on the environment, such as passive solar heating, solar electric systems, and solar hot water.
  3. Water conservation upgrades that reduce the building’s potable water consumption.  Eligible upgrades include high-efficiency toilets, urinals, which meet EPA WaterSense standards and rainwater or graywater capturing systems for use in landscaping or toilets.
  4. Stormwater mitigation upgrades that reduce the amount of non-permeable surfaces that drain into the City sewer system.  Eligible upgrades include green roofs, permeable pavers and bioswales. Stormwater projects that are triggered by a building improvement project and mandated by the City of Portland are not eligible.
  5. Related building improvements identified as critical to implement one of the eligible upgrades defined above. For example, electrical upgrades to prepare for insulation or to enable solar hot water; or reinforcing a roof to prepare for a new roof-top HVAC system or green roof. Funding for these improvements shall not exceed 25% of the total grant amount.

A reimbursable grant up to $25,000 but not exceeding 50% of the total project cost may be available to implement eligible green and sustainable building improvements that are demonstrated to result in a direct benefit to a business, including increased efficiency in utility usage.

Eligibility

PDC’s mission is to create economic growth and opportunity for Portland. In the face of increasing disparities in wealth and income, PDC is committed to helping all of Portland’s residents thrive. Accordingly, the agency prioritizes its project funding and investments by geography-specific strategies and community-defined needs.

PDC uses grants and loans to support the implementation of our strategic objectives as outlined in the City of Portland’s Economic Development StrategyNeighborhood Economic Development (NED) Strategy and geography-specific plans like the Old Town/Chinatown Action Plan and theLents Five-Year Action Plan. The level of grant funding available differs by area based on budget availability and community-defined priorities.

In order to meet job creation, neighborhood vitality and economic opportunity objectives with limited resources, priorities will vary depending on where your property/business is located.