The Lilja Family Fund

The Lilja Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships that support communities in south Douglas County, including Canyonville, Riddle, Tri-City, Camas Valley, Myrtle Creek, Days Creek, Milo, Azalea, and Glendale.  The fund was created by Don Lilja and his sister Helen through their estates.

Grant Application Process
Grantee Reporting
Staff Assistance


The Lilja competitive grants program at OCF accepts applications each summer to support projects that address the priorities of the fund. Approximately $40,000 is available for grantmaking each year, with average grant awards of about $5,000. Priorities of the Lilja grant program are projects that fall within the following fields:

  • K-12 education
  • Early childhood education
  • Youth development
  • Literacy
  • Culture
  • Community

Please note: Proposals in the K-12 education area should not be requests for teacher salaries, basic equipment and supplies, or replacing government funding, but rather for direct student services (for example, enrichment activities).