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Grants

OCF grants are as varied as our state. Some are awarded through an open grant application process, while others reflect an advised fund donor's recommendation. But they all have a single goal: improving our community. Explore how.

  • Grants Overview

    Grants Overview

    The following primary grant programs are open for applications:

    Other grant programs open to application are organized by geographic region and topic in the tab bar above. For more information, please email us at grants@oregoncf.org.

    Advised Fund Grants

    Advised grants are awarded at the recommendation of advised fund donors. Most awards support nonprofits' general operations or core programs. These grants are not open for applications. For more information on these grants, please visit our advised fund grantees page.

    Designated Fund Grants

    OCF makes distributions annually in the form of grants from designated funds that have been established by donors for the support of one or more charitable organizations. These grants are not open for applications. For more information on these grants, please visit our designated fund grantees page.
  • Grant Programs by Region

    Grant Programs by Region

    Statewide Grants

    Bailey Fellowship

    • Fellowships to advance the professional development of mid-career architects and encourage greater contributions to their profession and community

    Better Nursing Home Care Fund

    • Supports better care for nursing home residents in Oregon

    Creative Heights

    • Grants to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in the creation and dissemination of high-quality new works in Oregon, as well as support unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.

    Community Grant Program

    • Grants to community-based nonprofits whose work addresses one or more of OCF’s four funding objectives

    Early Childhood Program Grants

    • Betty Gray Community College Scholarship Program for students pursuing certification/degree in early childhood education
    • Betty Gray Training & Certification Scholarship Program for child care providers seeking training

    Gray Family Foundation Environmental Education Program

    • Seeks to encourage a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities, and stewardship of the natural environment by citizens throughout Oregon

    K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Programs

    • Grants supporting out-of-school programs that promote academic success and post-secondary enrollment

    Oregon Historic Trails Fund

    • Supports the development of interpretive, educational and economic projects that preserve and protect the natural resources of Oregon's historic trails

    Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund

    • Grants supporting forestry-related natural resources education in Oregon high schools

    Oregon Parks Foundation Fund

    • Supports the acquisition, preservation and improvement of land for public parks and other recreation

    Studio to School

    • To support up to 15 collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education with the potential for replication. 

    Baker County

    D.E. & Jane Clark Fund

    • Programs that support charitable purposes in Baker County and the town of North Powder.

    Edna E. Harrell Community Children's Fund

    • Programs that improve the lives of underserved youth in Baker county and the North Powder area.

    Benton County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

    Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund [Terry Selby Memorial Subfund]

    • Supports forestry-related natural resources education in Benton County high schools

    Douglas County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

    Douglas Community Fund

    • Supports nonprofits in Douglas County

    Lilja Family Fund

    • Supports projects in South Douglas County that focus on early childhood, K-12 education, youth development, libraries, literacy and culture
    • College scholarships

    Ben Serafin Fund

    • Nonprofits serving the needs of Douglas County, particularly the community of Glide
    • Scholarships for graduates of Glide High School

     Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund

    • An invitation-only fund supporting the arts in Douglas County, with an emphasis on the visual and performing arts

    Whipple Foundation Fund

    • Improves, facilitates and enhances lifelong learning for the citizens of Douglas County

    Jackson County

    Skyrman Techno Fund

    • Provides financial resources to science and industrial arts teachers (grades 4-12) and other youth program instructors

    Reed & Carolee Walker Fund

    • Responsive Services Program addresses the emergency needs of and supports enrichment programs for disadvantaged children
    • Legacy Program addresses children's dental care, children's mental health or substance abuse treatment for parents

    Lane County

    Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund

    • Supports the arts, sustaining artistic creativity and building a more vibrant local arts community in Lane County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

    Community Wellness Fund

    • Supports organizations that assist in improving the health and wellness of Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County

    Lincoln County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

    Linn County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

    Metro Portland

    LIFE Center Fund

    • Supports programs that provide food, clothing, household items, prescription and hygiene assistance and school supplies to people in critical need in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland

    Northwest Neighborhood Parks & Recreation Fund

    • Capital development and renovation of parks and recreation facilities in Northwest Portland

    Newberg

    The Trillium Fund

    • Supports youth volunteerism and development

    Tillamook County

    Chintimini Fund

    • Programs for Talented and Gifted (TAG) and other high-potential students at Benton, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Tillamook county schools

     

  • Grant Programs by Topic

    Grant Programs by Topic

    Arts

    Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund

    • Supports the arts, sustaining artistic creativity and building a more vibrant local arts community in Lane County

    Creative Heights

    • Grants to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in the creation and dissemination of high-quality new works in Oregon, as well as support unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.

    Studio to School

    • To support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education with the potential for replication. 

    Small Arts & Culture Grants

    • Through this five-year initiative, OCF will support small, community-driven arts and culture organizations statewide.

    Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund

    • An invitation-only fund supporting the arts in Douglas County, with an emphasis on the visual and performing arts

    Education

    Bailey Fellowship

    • Fellowships to advance the professional development of mid-career architects and encourage greater contributions to their profession and community

    Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

    • Parenting Education Hubs will expand statewide to support parents in their role as their children's first teacher and role model

    P-3 Alignment

    • Prenatal through Third Grade Alignment creates stronger connections between early childhood services and the K-12 system

    Betty Gray Scholarships

    • Betty Gray Community College Scholarship Program for students pursuing certification/degree in early childhood education
    • Betty Gray Training & Certification Scholarship Program for child care providers seeking training

    K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Programs

    • Grants supporting out-of-school programs that promote academic success and post-secondary enrollment

    Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund

    • Grants supporting forestry-related natural resources education in Oregon high schools

    Soeldner Campbell Fund

    • Promotes educational outreach activities focused on analytical instrument-based specialties (i.e., microscopy, spectrometry, diffractometry, and cosmic and particle physics)

    Environment

    Oregon Historic Trails Fund

    • Supports the development of interpretive, educational and economic projects that preserve and protect the natural resources of Oregonís historic trails

    Oregon Parks Foundation Fund

    • Supports the acquisition, preservation and improvement of land for public parks and other recreation

    Health

    Better Nursing Home Care Fund

    • Supports better care for nursing home residents in Oregon

    Community Wellness Fund

    • Supports organizations that assist in improving the health and wellness of Oregon Health Plan members

    LIFE Center Fund

    • Supports programs that provide food, clothing, household items, prescription and hygiene assistance and school supplies to people in critical need in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland

     

  • OCF Grants & Scholarships 2016 

    OCF awarded $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. Use the OCF Giving Explorer below to find philanthropy at work. The first page is a visual overview of grants and scholarships. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the blue heading bar will take you to a list of all grants and scholarships by organization. For additional information about grant awards, please visit the specific grant program pages.

    Tips for Using the OCF Giving Explorer

    Filtering Data

    In the grants and scholarships overview, click on a topic, county or subtopic to show just the data in that category.

    You can also use the Search by Grant Type drop-down menu to show:

    • Grants awarded through an application process: some grants have an open application process. Learn more about our Grant Programs.
    • Grants awarded without an application process: many grants are made by a recommendation from an advised fund donor and do not have an open application process.
    • Scholarships

    Please note that application deadlines and requirements vary by year and program. Please see individual program pages for more information.

    In the grants list, use the drop-down menus to filter.

    To remove all filters, click reset at the bottom of the dashboard.

    Downloading Data

    To download all data, click here.

    To download a filtered set of data:

    1. Use the charts and drop-down menus to select the data you would like to see.
    2. Click Download at the bottom of the dashboard and select Data.
    3. In the pop-up window, select the Full data tab, check the Show All Columns box, and click Download all rows as a text file.

    Questions

    Email questions to Caitlin Ruffenach, Researcher, at cruffenach@oregoncf.org.

    Other Recent Grant Recipients

    The lists below are not reflected in the dashboard above and may not include all grant programs. For additional information about grant awards, please visit the specific grant program pages.

    2016

    May 2016 Grantees

    2015

    All Grants and Scholarships

    2014

    All Grants and Scholarships

  • Grant FAQs

    Grant FAQs

    Does OCF award grants for operating support?

    Rarely, and only through competitive grant programs, the broadest of which is our Community Grant Program.

    Our organization is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, but we have not yet received it. Can we apply for a grant?

    Yes, but only if your project is currently sponsored by a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. This organization should have a mission consistent with yours, as well as the administrative capacity to accept the legal responsibility for the grant and administer it accordingly. A grant cannot simply be passed through the fiscal sponsor.

    Can a state-supported educational institution or a government entity apply for a grant even if it is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?

    Yes, but it must provide a letter indicating its tax status and its federal tax ID number. Please bear in mind that community-based nonprofits (i.e., those that are not heavily reliant on public support) tend to be more competitive as applicants.

    Will you review a draft of our proposal and give us suggestions for improvement?

    No. Our staffing levels do not allow for this. Also, reviewing some proposal drafts and not others would create an uneven playing field for applicants.

    How often can we apply for a grant?

    Once per year for each grant program, unless the program specifies otherwise. We occasionally make exceptions when a nonprofit in a rural community is the umbrella for multiple programs, allowing them to share administrative costs.

    Can we apply for more than one grant at a time?

    You may apply to more than one grant program at a time. For example, you may submit a Community Grant request at the same time that you submit a Douglas Community Fund request. However, you may not submit more than one Community Grant application at a time.

    Does OCF support capital campaigns?

    Through our Community Grant Program, OCF awards grants for specific capital projects. However, it does not make general grants that constitute only a small percentage of large capital campaigns. For more information, please review Capital Projects and the Community Grant Program.

    Does OCF support capacity-building projects to improve a nonprofit organization’s fundraising, marketing, training, and so forth?

    Yes. For more information, please review Capacity-Building Projects and the Community Grant Program.

    Our organization received an unsolicited grant from an OCF advised fund. Can we apply directly to that fund for another grant?

    No. However, if you have received an advised fund grant award letter with a name and address for the fund contact, you should send a thank-you letter to that person and perhaps periodic program updates (though not too frequent!).

    Our program is part of a much larger parent organization, such as a university or county government. Should we send OCF its full financial report and budget?

    No. Information about the annual budget for your department is sufficient.

    Our organization received a Community Grant last year, but our project still needs support. Can we apply for another Community Grant for the same project?

    Not unless you were asked to apply for another year of support.

    If a proposal for a Community Grant is declined, can we resubmit the same project later?

    It is not advisable to submit the same project unless new circumstances — such as additional funding partners, or strengthened leadership — have made the project more competitive. It's always best to learn why the proposal was rejected before investing time in resubmitting it.