Now Open: Prosper Portland’s 2023 Inspiring Diversity Grant

Launch or expand a diversity and equity program within your organization with help from Prosper Portland

Prosper Portland is now accepting applications for their Inspiring Diversity Grant.

This grant offers funding for local traded-sector employers (those selling goods and services outside Portland) to inspire creative, equity-related best practices around workforce and to build new community partnerships with underrepresented populations. Inspiring Diversity Grant recipients contribute to best practices for the larger business community and are leaders in building an equitable economy for all Portlanders.

Applications for the grant are due Friday, March 24, 2023.

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  • Company must be a traded sector business (sell a portion of your goods and services outside of the region), preferably within one of the identified clusters (Athletic & Outdoor/Consumer Product, Green Cities Products & Services, Technology & Media, Manufacturing)
  • Company must be located within Portland city limits
  • Grant must be used to further diversity and inclusion efforts within the company
  • Company must provide in detail how requested funds will be used
  • Companies may apply for up to $10,000 in grant funds
  • Preference will be given to companies that can match requested funds
  • Projects will be evaluated on the following:
    • Innovation- initiatives that create new approaches to old problems
    • Level of community engagement or impact
    • Replicable across industry
    • Leadership/Executive commitment


Company projects can be focused either internally or externally. Examples include:

  • Organizational trainings or education
  • Marketing and outreach to underserved communities
  • Development of a diversity hiring plan
  • Increasing career pathways for existing employees from diverse backgrounds
  • New partnerships with community non-profits
  • Development or expansion of diversity supplier programs
  • Development of a diversity and equity market assessment
  • Other activities designed to make the business more competitive from a diversity and inclusion perspective.

The grant was designed to encourage private employers to incorporate creative, equity-related best practices around workforce, marketing and communications.

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Prosper Portland creates economic growth and opportunity for Portland. Our vision is to make Portland one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places throughout the city. We aspire to be a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success.


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