Four Ways To Support Free Events


Sponsor a day of the week- only 7 slots available.  Get 50 weeks of advertising for $500 total. Pay $40 a month, no contracts. Reach out here.


Donate to my GoFundMePaypal, or Venmo (@PortlandCheatSheet)


I will gladly meet you more than halfway and sign up for your preferred funding method to keep this going. Let's talk.


  • First of all, I appreciate you sharing my site with anyone who can benefit. More monthly visitors means greater chances of finding funding to cover more free events & expanding to underserved regions.

  • For social users: Follow my 'Book & 'Gram for weekly summaries every Thursday.

  • What are your ideas to collaborate? Write, I'll respond.

  • Sign up for my once-weekly newsletter highlighting free events.

It means a lot to have your interest, thanks!

The Portland Cheat Sheet
Interact with the World Around You

Hi, I'm Taryn. I designed & launched the Portland Cheat Sheet almost 20 years after first thinking about it. After a years-long hopeless and frustrating stretch searching for housing, I took my biggest dream and finally put it out into the world.


I've never earned more than working class wages and was tired of saying I was broke and there was nothing to do. I also felt really alone and isolated, and wanted to encourage more of us to interact in our communities, not just people who could afford it.

I work full time checking hundreds of websites for free events, 100% surviving off donations, grants, and ads. It's no coincidence the local media publishes more free events now than they did before, thanks to people like you and me who care about this stuff. 

Please support my vision: Everything Free to Do for ALL. As a one-woman band,  
I sincerely can't keep this running without your help.


A Radical Experiment of Transparency

Every Dollar Earned in 2022 (updated every Thursday)

May 19: My Place Teen Center- $200, GoFundMe

April 9: Jill- $15, Venmo

Mar 23: Stacie-$15, Paypal

Mar 10: Tiffany- $10, Venmo

Mar 9: Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission Microenterprise Grant- $10,000

Feb 22: Kiana- $15, Venmo

Feb 17: Erika- $25, Venmo

Jan 27: Noah- $20, Paypal

Jan 1: Brian- $25, GoFundMe


2021 TOTAL: $425 

The "Grants I Didn't Get" Cheat Sheet

  • Libra Future Fund

  • New Ventures Marketing Mini Grant (2017, 2022)

  • Creative Portland's Artist Relief Fund

  • City of Portland's Microenterprise Grant

  • Portland Space Gallery's Kindling Fund

  • Biddeford's Engine Ignite Grant

  • The Awesome Foundation

  • Trailblazer First Strides Grant

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.”  - S. Alder