Nike Employee Grant Fund

The Nike Employee Grant Fund was established 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
Application Process
Grantee Reporting
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Funding Priorities

The NEGF takes an innovative approach to grantmaking, empowering a team of 10 to 12 Nike employees to serve on a committee that reviews funding proposals and develops recommendations. Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each, with the following focus: 

  • 80 percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that are creating a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued (about 40 grants per year).
  • 20 percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions (about 10 grants per year).

In 2013, 50% of sport-related applications received funding, but only one of 12 non-sport applications received funding (about 8%). To improve your competitiveness, please review the program guidelines and FAQs.