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Do you have a passion for Native arts and cultures? The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a Native-led national organization dedicated to promoting the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures. Its mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native people in the United States. Through its program initiatives, NACF supports Native artists, culture bearers, and projects that are focused on environmental, cultural, and social change. We support artists to create new work, develop their arts practice, and produce projects in collaboration with communities. Support includes financial resources, artist training, and professional development, presenting and promoting artist work, and project management. NACF will continue with community engagement across the continental 48 states, Alaska and Hawaii as it pertains to raising the visibility and availability of Native resources and knowledge to address cultural equity, anti-racism, and decolonization.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, an area known for its rich Native traditions and dedication to artistic endeavors, NACF is based out of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. This year Yale Union, a contemporary arts center, repatriated their Portland, Oregon 40,000-square-foot building to NACF and in 2021 it will become the Center for Native Arts and Cultures.
The director of finance is responsible for the overall financial health and operation of the organization. The DOF reports to the president and is the senior staff person for finance, accounting and investments. In addition to providing counsel and strategic support to the president on all financial matters, the DOF also serves as an advisor to the board and is the staff lead with the board’s finance committee. While this position is the executive level finance person the size of the staff is such that the DOF will also be required to perform more routine day-to-day tasks, e.g. bookkeeping entries and bank deposits.
Application Deadline: August 24, 2020
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We understand the hardship you and your business are facing right now. Here are some of the steps we’re taking to help:
If you need help with your bill, we offer several options to fit your unique needs.
As your business adapts to this time and changes to how you operate, it’s natural to worry about how your energy bill impacts your bottom line. Here are a few tools to manage your energy bill and use.
To help customers stay safe and practice social distancing, our community offices are closed until further notice.
Applications will be accepted June 29 through July 3
Clackamas County is offering Small Business Assistance grants to help businesses owners pay rent, payroll, and bills to help them recover from the effects of the global pandemic.
The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in grants, with individual grants starting at $2,500.
Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. MESO, the county and the grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution of the grants.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, a business must:
Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, June 29. All applications that are complete and received by the 5 p.m., Friday, July 3 will be considered.
For information on determining eligibility, how to complete the form or what documents may be needed, contact Linda Tran at MESO, email@example.com or 503-489-7410
On June 2nd Business Oregon announced the recipients of $2.5 million in matching grant funding through the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Fund, which was created by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Legislature to assist small businesses suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $10 million of funding is being allocated through three Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for different types of applicants. This is the first of round of funding, consisting of $2.5 million and closed for proposals May 18.
“We stood this program up very quickly, and communities throughout Oregon in turn put together excellent proposals on a short time-frame for how they will get the funding into the hands of their local small businesses,” said Business Oregon director Chris Cummings.
This round solicited proposals from cities, counties, and Economic Development Districts that have existing small business COVID-relief programs or will stand up new programs to issue grants to local small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. The program also encourages efforts to provide access to sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses.
Business Oregon received 46 applications requesting $7.5 million, but only $2.5 million is available in this round. Final amounts to each will be announced shortly as contracts are finalized with each recipient, but the median award will be approximately $45,000.
|Clatsop County (CEDR)||Clatsop|
|CCD (Coos, Curry, Douglas)||Coos, Curry, Douglas|
|Central Oregon Intergov. Council (COIC)||Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson|
|Mid-Willamette Valley COG||Marion, Polk, Yamhill|
|Affiliated Tribes NW EDC||Statewide|
|City of Wheeler||Tillamook|
|City of Umatilla||Umatilla|
|City of Union||Union|
A map of Oregon Small Business Relief Fund grant recipients is available on our website.
To fill gaps not reached by other programs, these state funds are to be directed to adversely affected businesses that have been unable to receive federal CARES Act funding, including the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, or other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding. Businesses may use the proceeds for any business-related operating expenses, including helping to reopen in line with state guidance.
A full description of the program details and application requirements are on our website. Proposals for round two of the funding that is open to Community Development Financial Institutions and Economic Development Districts closed Monday June 1. Proposals for the third and final round will be solicited later in June.
Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency’s services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.
CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE 2020 RECRUITMENT
The Portland City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) is responsible for the civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau (Police Bureau). The Citizen Review Committee (CRC) is an advisory body to IPR and the Police Bureau. CRC members are appointed by Portland City Council to serve three-year terms. Candidates must be Portland, Oregon residents or business owners as well as be impartial and objective in regard to law enforcement. Application here.
CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Hold public meetings to hear community and Police Bureau member appeals of police misconduct investigations;
• Listen to community concerns regarding police conduct;
• Participate in trainings and activities to increase cultural awareness and responsiveness;
• Engage in training and other activities to learn about policing;
• Review Police Bureau policies and procedures;
• Advise IPR on complaint handling processes;
• Interact with elected officials; and
• Periodically serve on the Police Review Board, an advisory body to the Chief of Police that makes recommendations as to findings and propose officer discipline of sworn members.
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
• Demonstrate ability to be impartial and objective;
• Possess sound communication and listening skills;
• Lead and function well in a group;
• Maintain high standards of confidentiality;
• Act as an appeal body member and become familiar with the relevant City Code and protocols in conducting appeal hearings and other duties; and
• Be willing to make a substantial time commitment—including trainings, monthly evening meetings, workgroup meetings, and independent review of complaint files.
Every effort is made to select qualified persons who represent the demographic and ethnic diversity of Portland. Applications are evaluated and scored by a selection committee and the most qualified applicants are asked to appear for an interview. Selected applicants are asked to submit to a background check (each applicant is reviewed individually and results of a background check do not necessarily preclude service on CRC), and are then submitted by the City Auditor for City Council appointment to a three-year term.
Oregon Native American Chamber
4445 SW Barbur Blvd, STE. 102
Portland, OR 97239