Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Community Grants

Community Grants

Funds for capital expenditures for local nonprofit organizations


Portland Rotary Charitable Trust Funds are granted to 501c3 organizations in the Portland-area that specifically focus on improving the quality of life of disadvantaged youth. Grants must be used for capital expenses.

Grants typically range from $2,000 to $8,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To date, more than $5.2 million dollars have been received and paid out in capital grants to qualifying community organizations.

Check out this video about one of our grant recipients!

Central City Concern (CCC) is a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions. In 2015, they were awarded a grant from the Rotary Club of Portland to assist with their clients.


Grant Recipients 2015-2016

Roosevelt High School Writing Center: $6,000
-Purchased Chrome Books and Macbook Pros equipped with dictation software for students with disabilities.
Focus on Youth: $5,700
-Provided cedar lumber to build raised garden beds, which helped stop soil erosion and made the watering more efficient. This garden not only plants vegetable seeds but it plants seeds of hope for many disenfranchised youth. 

BEAT Riding Academy: $6,346

Friendly House: $8,000
-Modified doors to bring them up to fire code. 

Rose Haven: $6,700
-Imagine a place where women and children who are experiencing trauma of abuse, loss of home, or other distruptive life challenges can go to feel safe. That is what Rose Haven provides. Our Rotary supploed a mobile classroom with 12 laptops, a multi use printer, a portable charging/storage unit, a room partition, white board, storage cabinet, and a portable PA system. This equipment gave women an opportunity to learn new skills and empower them with essentials for success. 

Therapy Works NW: $7,997
-Outfitted a therapy room with equipment for children with disabilities. 

Portland Youth Builders: $6,200
-Purchased computers, a trailer, a refrigerator, and an Arduino Kit for a school where disadvantaged youth can get their GED, along with training for construction and computer careers. 

ETHOS: $8,000
-Purchased intruments for the musical education program including drum kits, ukuleles, practice keyboards, and half-size guitars. 

Gales Creek Camp: $6,151

Boy Scouts: $7,500
-Provided a trailer and camping supplies for inner-city kids to experience camping and to become involved in scouting.