Ecotrust Event Spaces
Ecotrust’s Community Grant program offers nonprofits with limited means the opportunity to use our event spaces, free of cost. We see mutual benefit: We want to help you accomplish your goals, and we want you to bring vibrant life to our event spaces. We partner with groups of all sizes to share the creativity and drive that make our community great.
Proposals for the 2014 Community Grants are accepted throughout the year for events occurring before December 31, 2014. For your application to be considered, your materials must be submitted at least four weeks prior to your proposed event date. Ecotrust will respond to all inquiries within ten business days of receipt. At any time during the year, we may reach our maximum award amount and close the grant process for the remainder of the year.
Preference will go to proposals for events that are:
- Mission driven and invest in the community in a positive way
- A good logistical fit for Ecotrust’s Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center and/or Rooftop Terrace
- Planned by or directly benefitting a local nonprofit organization
Additional consideration will be given for:
- Events that are open to the public
- Events that are free or charge a nominal fee
- Events that are unabashedly hopeful in nature
- Events that have a solid marketing and community outreach plan
Award Amount and Parameters
Community Grant recipients will be awarded a one-day venue rental in the Natural Capital Center. Awards will cover the cost of the rental, which includes our standard amenities and services (please refer to the attached awards package for a complete list). Awards will not cover additional expenses that may be incurred as a result of holding your event at the Natural Capital Center. This may include, but is not limited to, catering fees and outside equipment rental fees.
Please note that Ecotrust offers an exclusive catering list. Ecotrust allows self-catered events when specific purchasing and logistical guidelines are met, but all events within our space that include a hired caterer must select from our list. Review these options prior to submitting your application, and base your budget on actual pricing estimates. Awardees that provide their own alcoholic beverages will need to provide OLCC-licensed servers and liquor liability insurance. Please inquire for additional information.
Awards are granted for the specific date (or range of dates) contained in the proposal. Any change to the date of the event will require a re-evaluation, and may result in the loss of the grant. The Community Grant program cannot accommodate Friday or Saturday evening rentals after 5 pm.
If your organization receives a grant in 2014, you will be eligible for another grant in 2016.
Please submit a cover letter and a completed application via email to:
Ecotrust Event Spaces
721 NW 9th Ave., Ste. 200
Portland, OR 97209
Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.