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GO Kids

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.

Resources

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I missed the webinar. Can I still access the resources?
How much are GO Kids grants?
Are capital projects (projects that build or improve the physical assets of an organization, such as building construction and renovation, furnishings, and vehicles) eligible?
What does it mean for a program to engage volunteers, partners, and civic leaders in innovative and effective place-based efforts to close the opportunity gap?
Does my program have to work directly with youth to be eligible?
Because my program requires a specialized degree, certification, or training (such as therapy), we do not have people with lived experience leading. Can I still be competitive?
If my project addresses the opportunity gap, but does not align with my region’s priority, would I still be competitive?
Are statewide organizations eligible?
Does the project need to be exclusive to the region we apply within?
My program does not target a particular population, will I still be competitive for a grant?
Is my program competitive if I serve a rural county with a town that has a population just over 35,000?
Are educational institutions such as school districts and higher education eligible for grants?
Does applying for or receiving a grant from a different part of the Oregon Community Foundation affect my GO Kids Grant eligibility?
What should I do if I am unsure of the exact percentages of the identities that my program will serve?
What stage in the project planning process is it ideal for us to apply for a grant?
Are grants first-come-first-serve?
With the focus on innovative and creative programs, will you be prioritizing new programs or initiatives?
What will periodic check-ins for grant renewal and final reporting look like?
Is there a grant template or word count requirement for the application?

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.

Goals

  • 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.

Principles

  • 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.

Investment

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.

 

Click here to sign up for GO Kids updates.

OCF's Efforts to Address the Opportunity Gap

The circumstances a child is born into, coupled with longstanding patterns of discrimination, largely determine the life that child can achieve.

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GO Kids Steering Committees

Central Oregon
Eastern Oregon
Metropolitan Portland
North Coast
Northern Willamette Valley
South Coast
Southern Oregon
Southern Willamette Valley

Click here to see the map of OCF regions.

Lifelong Passion for Community Service

Anne Schuster is one of our amazing volunteers, serving as a member of the OCF Southern Willamette Valley GO Kids steering committee and the OCF Southern Willamette Valley Leadership Council.

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