Grants & Scholarships


The Lilja Family Fund

The Lilja Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships that support communities in south Douglas County, including Canyonville, Riddle, Tri-City, Camas Valley, Myrtle Creek, Days Creek, Milo, Azalea, and Glendale.  The fund was created by Don Lilja and his sister Helen through their estates.

  • Grants


    The Lilja competitive grants program at OCF accepts applications each summer to support projects that address the priorities of the fund. Approximately $40,000 is available for grantmaking each year, with average grant awards of about $5,000. Priorities of the Lilja grant program are projects that fall within the following fields:

    • K-12 education
    • Early childhood education
    • Youth development
    • Literacy
    • Culture
    • Community

    Please note: Proposals in the K-12 education area should not be requests for teacher salaries, basic equipment and supplies, or replacing government funding, but rather for direct student services (for example, enrichment activities).

  • Grant Application Process

    Grant Application Process

    Applications are accepted through MyOCF, our new online application system. 


    You must be a registered user to access the Grants Portal. If you don't have an account you can create one by following the instructions on the Grants Portal login screen.

    Grant applications are accepted June 10 to July 15 at midnight. Deadline: July 15 annually. 

    These are documents you will be uploading at the end of your application:

    • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter from the IRS
    • Board of directors list, including contact information, affiliations, plus the skills and experience each contributes to the organization
    • Organization budget for current year
    • Organization budget for past year
    • Most recent audited financial statements (if available)
    • Multi-year project budget (if applicable)
    • Project graphic, schematic or timeline (optional)

    PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer to fill out your application. Safari has been found to have some technical difficulties.

  • Grantee Reporting

    Grantee Reporting

    Post-grant evaluation reports are due on July 15 of each year. A new grant application will not be considered unless progress reports have been submitted for all previous grants. This program uses OCF's standard grant evaluation form.

    Note: Nonprofits that receive emergency/disaster relief grants should use the Lilja disaster relief report form for their work.

  • Scholarships


    Scholarship applications and information are available at the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), which administers the scholarship program for OCF. Scholarship applications are due to OSAC by March 1 of each year, with an early bird deadline of February 15 of each year.


    Graduates of the following public high schools: South Umpqua, Days Creek, Glendale, Riddle, and Camas Valley.

    South Douglas County graduates of the following private high schools: Canyonville Christian Academy, Milo Adventist Academy, Phoenix School of Roseburg, and Umpqua Valley Christian School.

    South Douglas County residents who are graduates of a private high school in the state of Oregon are also eligible.

  • Staff Assistance

    Staff Assistance

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