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Economic Development

Direct Support

workforce development

Direct job search and resumé support at Rosewood coming soon! Check back for updates.

Small Business support

Kaylee Sales, our Economic Development Coordinator, is available to refer small business owners to support services based on individual needs. 

Rosewood Small Business Enhancement Grant 

Small Business Grant

About the small business enhancement grant :

This program provides grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses within The Rosewood Initiative’s NPI district (pictured here). These grants must be used for onsite renovations or construction projects at your business. We are especially interested in projects that improve the overall appearance of the neighborhood. The projects must be permanent, such as new lighting, signage, fencing, murals or painting, landscaping, etc.

This program is currently paused, with plans to return in Fall of 2023. Please reach out to our Economic Development Coordinator, Kaylee Sales,

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Grant overview:

Watch the overview video we made to learn more about our grant!

  • What are the requirements?
    -Business must be located in The Rosewood Initiative’s NPI district (pictured here) -Projects must be “sticks and bricks”, meaning they are permanent improvements or constructions that cannot be moved from the site. Projects can be exterio or interior. -The project must be completed within 1 year of grant approval. -Businesses are required to provide a 25% match of the grant amount. For example, if Rosewood approves a project with a budget of $12,500, the grant award will be $10,000, and the business will need to contribute $2,500. -Businesses are required to obtain at least 2 quotes from contractors to determine a reasonable budget for the project. -If you're a tenant, must have 2 yrs left on your lease -Must obtain landlord approval
  • When can I apply?
    The program is currently on pause. In the meantime, please reach out to our Economic Development Coordinator, Kaylee Sales, to let her know you are interested or if you have any questions.
  • How are grants awarded?
    After each application period closes, the grant selection committee will meet to determine which projects will be awarded grants. The committee will select projects that meet all project requirements, with demonstrated benefit to the Rosewood community. We aim for this grant program to serve businesses reflective of the diversity of the Rosewood neighborhood, and address systemic barriers faced by business owners who are people of color, immigrants & refugees and/or women.
  • What happens after grants are awarded?
    After the award letter is received and the contract is complete, the project work can begin. The grant award can be paid directly to the contractor, along with the matching amount from the grantee, or the grantee can be reimbursed after paying for the project and providing an invoice from the contractor and pictures of the project as evidence that it was completed. The project must be completed within the year after the grant is awarded. Grant funds cannot be spent on work that has already begun or been completed.

If you have concerns about meeting the match requirement, please let us know and we will work with you to figure out how to meet this need. If you need assistance with completing the application, we are happy provide assistance.


Please contact Tsering Sherpa at with questions.

Grant Application

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We have provided an application to download for those who prefer a written application. We have provided an overview of the grant, landlord approval document, and a checklist to ensure you turn in all required documents. 

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Hemos proporcionado una aplicación para descargar para aquellos que prefieren una aplicación escrita. Hemos proporcionado una visión general de la subvención, el documento de aprobación del propietario y una lista de verificación para asegurar que usted entregue todos los documentos requeridos.

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Legal Services Day

Legal Services Day

In 2017, The Rosewood Initiative, Metropolitan Public Defenders (MPD) office, and Multnomah County began hosting Legal Services Day. Our community center turned into a courthouse for a full day every other month, and we were able to see about 150 people each time. People have been able to exchange community service hours and get their fines and fees cleared in Multnomah County. This has been one of the most asked programs and we have seen the everlasting impact it has in the lives of the community for the past 4 years.

We are happy to announce that Legal Services Day will be working a bit differently going forward. Instead of larger less frequent Legal Services Day events, MPD has changed Legal Services Day. so that it is now rolling admission.  That means community members can sign up at any point to enter into the pool.  They will be selecting 60 people randomly from that pool at the end of every month.  Those 60 people will be screened and, if eligible, will be invited to continue along the process of getting their fines waived. Those not selected will have to sign up again the next month to re-enter the pool.  Sign-ups are through the MPD website.

Sponsored by Prosper Portland

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