- We believe that creative and sustainable solutions come from people who work in partnership to address common needs and aspirations.
- We give high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
- We recognize and respect Oregon's diverse regions and populations, and we seek to advance equity, diversity and inclusion through our programs.
As a responsive arm of OCF, the Community Grant Program awards about 300 grants each year, mostly to small- and moderate-size nonprofits. The average grant is $20,000. OCF typically receives 350 to 425 proposals per grant cycle. Concerns central to OCF’s evaluation of proposed projects include:
- The strength of local support for the project
- The strength of the applicant organization
- Whether the project addresses a significant community need
Please review the full guidelines, which include tips on submitting a competitive proposal as well as guidance on capacity-building and capital requests. OCF will also consider how well the project fits the following list of funding priorities.
Health & Wellbeing of Vulnerable Populations (30 to 40 percent of grants)
- Improve community-based health and wellness, including oral and mental/behavioral health
- Address basic human needs, such as food, housing, and related services
- Improve the quality of life, safety and self-sufficiency of at-risk populations
Educational Opportunities & Achievement (30 to 40 percent of grants)
- Promote social, emotional and cognitive development of young children, including programs that support and educate parents and efforts that engage volunteers
- Expand academic support, mentoring and recreational programs for children and youth, particularly to close the achievement gap
- Broaden workplace, career and postsecondary experiences and opportunities for youth
- Improve adult literacy, skill development, education and workforce training
Arts & Cultural Organizations (15 to 25 percent of grants)
- Strengthen and stabilize arts and cultural nonprofits, and support collaborative efforts
- Cultivate and support appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms
- Deepen community-based arts education for children and adults
- Encourage audience development, particularly to reach underserved populations
Community Livability, Environment & Citizen Engagement (10 to 20 percent of grants)
- Promote leadership development, volunteerism, immigrant integration, and civic participation
- Support stewardship and appreciation of Oregon's outdoor spaces and scenic beauty
- Address social, economic and environmental challenges or opportunities by bringing together disparate stakeholders
- Preserve places essential to communities' civic and historic identities