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Nike Community Impact Fund

The Nike Community Impact Fund was established at The Oregon Community Foundation in 2010 to benefit communities where Nike employees live, work and play. Through this fund, Nike employees work with OCF to award at least $550,000 per year to nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland region and in Southwest Washington.

  • Funding Priorities

    Funding Priorities

    Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential and build community, and fuels this belief through Made to Play, its commitment to getting kids moving through play and sport so that they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.

    The Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) supports grassroots organizations (nonprofits, community centers and local schools) to get kids moving, bringing the benefits of sport to their communities, giving kids an opportunity to fall in love with sport and physical activity, and creating stronger communities where play, sport and physical activity are a highly-valued part of everyday life. NCIF is an innovative approach to grant-making that engages a committee of Nike employees to advise where grants are awarded where they live and work.

    Emphasis is placed on inclusive programs that serve underrepresented populations. 

    o    80 percent of grant awards support projects that promote sport and physical activity in the community (about 40 grants per year).

    o    20 percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions (about 10 grants per year).

    To improve your competitiveness, please review the NCIF Program Guidelines and FAQ.

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility


    Geographic Focus and Organizational Requirements
    Grant applications are accepted from nonprofits and schools in the Portland, Oregon metro area, specifically Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Columbia, and Clark Counties.
     
    Applications are accepted from organizations that are a 501(c)(3) public charity; an IRC 7871 Federally-Recognized Indian Tribe; or a government entity (such as a school).
     
    Frequency of Application
    • You may apply for one grant per NCIF funding cycle.
    • You may receive only one grant per year from NCIF.
    • If declined, you may resubmit the same project to NCIF only if key project components have been strengthened.
    • If you receive an NCIF award, you may not seek NCIF funding for the same project for three years. Example: if you received an NCIF award spring of 2017, you may not seek funding for the same project until spring of 2020.
    • Applying to NCIF does not preclude you from applying to other OCF grant programs.
    Not Eligible for Funding
    • Organizations which discriminate based on age, ethnicity/race, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or other disability, or national origin
    • Individuals (including scholarships, stipends, fellowships, and personal assistance)
    • Group or individual travel
    • Research or project planning activities
    • Support for elite or private sports camps, programs, or teams
    • Publications or audio-visual projects
    • Endowments, memorials, budget deficits, or fundraising activities
    • Religious organizations whose programs do not have a secular and community focus
    • Lobbying, political, or fraternal activities
    • Capital projects unless Nike’s award would be the final funding needed
    • Projects and events that occur prior to a Nike grant award
    • One-day events, unless the focus of project is on program(s) leading up to a culminating event
  • Application Process

    Application Process


    Step 1: Is my project eligible? Please review the eligibility tab.

    Step 2: Is my project competitive? Please review the NCIF Program Guidelines and FAQs.

    What are we REALLY looking for? Check out our AUDIO INTERVIEW to get additional tips on submitting a stronger application!

    Step 3: Is the application window open? (Oct. 18 to Dec. 1 & April 15 to June 1). 
    You will be asked to register first — by entering your name, contact information, etc. — but you will not be required to immediately enter any grant application information. Once you start your grant application, you may finish it over the course of several weeks as long as it is completed by the deadline (in other words, you are not required to finish the application in one sitting).
     
    Applicants may wish to review the NCIF Online Application Questions before completing the online application. We suggest that you prepare answers to your questions in a word processor and paste them into the online application system.

    Questions? Please contact us at OCF-NikeFund@oregoncf.org.
  • Grantee Reporting

    Grantee Reporting

    Reports are due 12 months after a grant is awarded. They are submitted electronically. If you have questions about reporting after reviewing your award letter, please email us at OCF-NikeFund@oregoncf.org

     

  • Staff Assistance

    Staff Assistance

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