LIFE Center Fund

The LIFE Center Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation was established in 2005 to help provide food, clothing, household items and other basic support to people who are in critical need. The Fund was created to continue the legacy of the Low Income Family Emergency (LIFE) Center, which closed in 2005. The LIFE Center was a nonprofit organization that provided these services to families from the North, Inner Northeast and Southeast Portland areas. Rather than simply distributing these basic need items, the LIFE Center also honored each individual's dignity by providing opportunities for self-improvement and personal empowerment to enhance his or her situation.

Grant Program

The LIFE Center Fund invites proposals to provide food, clothing, household items, prescription and hygiene assistance, and school supplies to people in critical need in North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland areas. Proposals will be accepted from organizations outside the Portland city limits as long as the proposal narrative and project budget specifies that grant funds will be allocated specifically for North, Northeast and Southeast Portland residents. Priority will be given to applications that clearly describe how this grant will help to provide services that will continue the LIFE Center legacy, and how it would help to meet gaps in current services. Grants may range in size from about $7,500 to $10,000. The window to apply begins on October 1, 2017 and the application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Decisions on the applications will be made in December 2017.

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