The GO Kids application window opens June 21 and closes August 19. Please review your region's request for proposals (RFP) before applying (found below). Online applications are accepted through MyOCF.
- Central Oregon GO Kids Project RFP
- Eastern Oregon GO Kids RFP
- Metro Portland GO Kids RFP
- North Coast GO Kids Project RFP
- Northern Willamette Valley GO Kids Project RFP
- South Coast GO Kids RFP
- Southern Oregon GO Kids RFP
- Southern Willamette Valley GO Kids Project RFP
- 2021 GO Kids application questions in PDF form
- PDF step-by-step guide for accessing MyOCF and submitting a grant
- Recording of June 23, 2021 GO Kids application informational webinar
- GO Kids information webinar slides in PDF form
Thinking of applying to the GO Kids grant opportunity but want to make sure your project or program is a good fit? Have you started filling out the application but have some questions? Please join us at our open office hours where OCF staff will be able to answer your questions. Office hours will be recorded and posted to this site.
- South Coast: July 12, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/92808145973)
- Southern Oregon: July 16, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/99672993662)
- Northern Willamette Valley: July 21, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/96436421872)
- North Coast: July 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/91215083979)
- Central & Eastern: July 28, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/96811585933)
- Metropolitan Portland: July 29, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/93083663483)
- Southern Willamette Valley: Friday, July 23, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (link to join: https://oregoncf.zoom.us/j/97500734579)
Frequently Asked Questions
GO Kids grants are two-year grants and will range from $5,000 to $100,000. However, grants will not be more than 40% of your annual budget. Two-year grants means that at the end of the two years, as long as funding is renewed, programs will receive anywhere from $10,000 to $200,000 total. Grant amounts will be determined by the program needs.
Yes, however the focus is on community engagement (fostering strong community connections, increasing awareness of local needs, conditions, and contexts, and enhancing organizational capacity for strategic impact).
GO Kids wants to support efforts formed from collaboration between diverse populations with both content expertise (subject matter experts – individuals or organizations who often have formal training and professional experience that offers knowledge, skills, resources around a given subject within a community) and contextual expertise (those with lived experience of a situation who can speak to the complexity of the issue due to personal experience or impact). We will prioritize proposals that model this culture of collaboration. GO Kids at OCF also wants to partner with grantees after the grant is made to share your work with partners and civic leaders to learn about the ways your organization is closing the opportunity gap for kids.
No. While the regional goals are centered around serving youth, eligible techniques or programs can be broad. Organizations can work directly with youth, but they can also serve families and parents. For example, they can train individuals that work with kids such as teachers and childcare workers. As long as it aligns with the regional priority, the program is eligible to apply
Yes. We want to know how your organization actively engages local community members who experience the opportunity gap in planning, implementing, and/or leading. The goal of that requirement is to ensure that the organization serves the needs of their community based upon what the community authentically needs, not what the organization thinks the community needs. To be competitive, we recommend using your application to expand on how your program is tailored to the needs of the community and highlight how your organization has taken community feedback, whether it be written, verbal, etc., into account when providing services.
No. If your organization needs support but does not fit the GO Kids criteria, we encourage you to explore other grant programs or share your needs with OCF donors by submitting information through the Organization Profile Form tool on our website. This form is not a grant application, but a tool to help OCF collect information to share.
Yes, but a principle of GO Kids is to support impactful, creative and sustainable solutions for kids that come from local community members with lived experience of opportunity gaps and are implemented by organizations trusted by the community. If your organization aligns with a regional priority and collaborates with local community members, you can apply for that region. If you choose to submit an application, we recommend highlighting your local partnerships in the region and how the funding would support the work in that region, rather than statewide goals. You may also consider inviting your local partner organization to apply on behalf of your partnership.
No, but it will not be as competitive as an application that focuses on work in that region.
It depends on the demographics of the children that you do serve. GO Kids prioritizes programs that serve kids from communities who simply do not have the same possibilities – at home, in school, or in their communities – that other Oregonians do. Competitive programs will therefore serve kids of color, kids in low-income families and kids in rural, under-resourced communities.
Potentially. The application can show how you serve kids in rural, under-resourced communities, kids of color, and low-income families. We define a rural-based organization as one that focuses on a community with a population of 35,000 or fewer that is NOT directly adjacent to (or part of a) metropolitan area of 50,000 or more. Your competitiveness would therefore depend on where your work is going to be located and which communities you would be serving. You can use your application to elaborate on how you are serving our priority populations.
No. You can apply for GO Kids Grants in addition to other OCF grants. You are welcome to reuse language from one application on the other. If you do receive funds from other OCF grants, you can still receive additional funds from the GO Kids program.
If your organization does not collect that demographic information, include a good faith attempt to estimate percentages in the application.
GO Kids prioritizes funding programs that will make an impact in 2022-23.
No. All applications submitted by the August 19th deadline will be evaluated before we make grant decisions.
No. GO Kids does not prioritize new programs, existing programs will be considered.
It depends on the organization. Check-ins can be in-person, site visits, emails, or phone calls. We will work in tandem with you to find the method that works best for your organization. The intent is to develop a partnership that is not burdensome to grantee organizations.
All of the narrative questions allow for up to 1,500 characters. Because applications are submitted via the online system: MyOCF, there are no formatting requirements.
All Children in Oregon Deserve the Opportunity to Succeed
The GO Kids initiative aims to overcome Oregon’s opportunity gap – disparities experienced by children because of where they live, their race or family circumstance – by working with volunteers throughout Oregon.
- Spotlight the toxic effects of the opportunity gap on children, families and the prosperity of our communities, state and country.
- Trigger ideas for local solutions, and motivate and catalyze action.
- Engage volunteers, partners and civic leaders in innovative and effective place-based efforts to close the opportunity gap.
- Kids who experience systemic racism and marginalization, lack of resources in low-income families, and an underinvestment in rural and isolated communities are disproportionately deprived of opportunities to learn and thrive.
- Impactful, creative and sustainable solutions for kids come from local community members with lived experience of opportunity gaps and are implemented by organizations trusted by the community.
- Resources for education and the arts create possibilities for kids and families’ futures.
- We value Oregon’s diverse regions and populations, and we seek to advance equity, diversity and inclusion through our funding.
- We are committed to funding across Oregon with grant dollars reaching every region of our state.
- Raising local awareness of opportunity gaps with community leaders and members is an important step toward change.
- Social capital, defined as community relationships and networks, is a powerful resource to complement funding.
- All children in Oregon deserve the opportunity to succeed regardless of their economic status, race, region or other circumstances of birth.
OCF is investing $3 million from 2019 to 2022, mainly from the Fred Fields Fund. In addition to project management and administration, this investment includes:
- Roughly $480,000 in small grants for research, education, convening and promotion.
- Up to $2 million for larger competitive grants.
GO Kids Steering Committees
Counties: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties and the Warm Springs Reservation
Romy Mortensen, Co-chair
Carlos Salcedo, Co-chair
Counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa
Kelly Poe, Co-chair
Robert Kleng, Co-Chair
Counties: Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah and Washington
Karis Stoudamire-Philips, Co-chair
Paul Brown, Co-chair
Counties: Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook
Dan Stein, Co-chair
Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, Co-chair
Sonja McKenzie, Regional GO Kids Coordinator
Counties: Marion, Polk and Yamhill
Chris D’Arcy, Co-chair
Amy Houghtaling, Co-chair
Sonja McKenzie, Regional GO Kids Coordinator
Counties: Coos and Curry
Penny Allen, Co-chair
Marie Simonds, Co-chair
Carly Brown, Regional GO Kids Coordinator
Counties: Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake
Steve Roe, Co-chair
Liz Crossman, Co-chair
Carly Brown, Regional GO Kids Coordinator
Counties: Benton, Douglas, Lane and Linn
Kelly Leonard, Co-chair
Sabrina Parsons, Co-chair