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 in Portland.

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Overview

The LIFE Center Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) 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. 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. 

The LIFE Center Fund is implementing a new grantmaking strategy this year and is inviting two-year 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. Applications are accepted beginning October 1, 2018, through the deadline of 5 pm on November 15, 2018. 

Up to $10,000 is available per year for two years. Please review the 2018 Request for Proposal form for information about eligibility, competitiveness and request size.