Request Support from the Commission

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) may endorse events or projects and/or provide small grants to help support activities consistent with the Commission's activities and purposes.

The commission's authority to spend public money is subject to:

  1. Oregon law
  2. City Charter
  3. City budget constraints
  4. City Manager/delegate approval

The commission's activities and purposes are to:

  • Help the City provide equal opportunity for all its citizens
  • Work to eliminate discrimination
  • Monitor the status of civil and human rights in the community
  • Make recommendations to the City Council in human rights areas
  • Support and provide programs and services that help eliminate discrimination and improve human relations, and work with other community groups and public agencies in these efforts

How to request funding from the Human Rights Commission:

  1. Complete and submit an online Request for Support Form 10 days prior to next HRC meeting (3rd Tuesdays) and three weeks before the event date to allow enough time for review of your request and payment to occur.
  2. Have a representative of the applicant attend the HRC meeting to answer questions. Applicants will be notified via email of the date when the HRC is expected to review a funding request.
  3. The HRC will consider the recommendation and vote to approve or deny the request for support. The Commission reserves the right to fund requests at a level lower than the requested amount.
  4. Staff will notify the applicant of the commission's decision regarding funding or endorsement within 72 hours after the HRC meeting.
  5. If funding is approved, the applicant must provide a follow-up report to the Human Rights Commission that includes information about the numbers of participants, ways the event succeeded, and how it could be improved in the future along with an accounting of how the funds were spent. This report must be submitted within 30-days of the event. Failure to provide this report may jeopardize future funding for the event or organization.