The Oregon Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Community Grants program, which provides funding for capacity building, capital projects, and/or bridge funding for organizations or programs that support creative and sustainable solutions that address the common needs and aspirations of Oregonians.
Priority will be given to programs that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
The following activities are not eligible: events or performances (either one-time or annual) unless they will result in significant growth in ongoing organizational capacity, financial stability or audience diversity; annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments; projects in individual schools; subsidies for participation (scholarships) or re-granting programs; purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions; deficit funding; as a replacement fo government funding; lobbying to influence legislation; scientific research; or religious activities.
The average grant amount is $20,000.
To be eligible, applicants must recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be based in Oregon.
The community foundation encourages early applications. Applications submitted before midnight on June 20, 2017, will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two $2,500 grants for general operating support.
For program details and guidelines, application instructions, and tips on how to develop a strong proposal, see the OCF website.