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2022 Community Grants Program

Community Grants is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 cycle. To receive updates on 2023 guidelines and stay connected, please sign up for OCF In Community newsletter.

Program Guidelines, Application Questions, Applicant Resources, and additional FAQs

For more than 20 years, OCF’s Community Grants program, with strong support of OCF donors, has invested in strengthening the social fabric of our communities by responding to emerging and pressing needs facing all Oregonians.

OCF’s Community Grants program evolved significantly in 2021 as we mobilized to “meet the moment” of Oregon’s multiple community crises which compounded existing inequities and impacts on marginalized communities across the state, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, communities of color, low-income Oregonians, and under-resourced rural communities.

As we look ahead to 2022, we recognize the ongoing issues facing our state, and the unique role organizations continue to play in responding to emerging and ongoing needs. We aim to remain flexible and evolve our grantmaking approaches with new learnings as we work towards recovery and rebuilding in Oregon.

We believe that by prioritizing resources to those most impacted by social, economic and/or racial inequities, we can work to strengthen all communities. We seek to ensure all Oregonians have their basic needs met, have equitable access to opportunities and education, and feel safe and supported in their communities. We are working towards a healthier and stronger state in which we celebrate our diversity and cultural richness through a range of efforts, large and small, far and wide. Our 2022 approach continues to respond to the crises while working to address needs and inequities facing under-resourced, rural and marginalized communities, which although not new, have been exacerbated by recent events.

Please review the following information carefully as the types of funding available and other program details for 2022 differ from past years.  

Program Goal

To support healthy, thriving and sustainable communities with funding awarded through an open, responsive grantmaking program that offers flexible types of support to organizations in response to community-defined needs. This program prioritizes communities in Oregon most impacted by social, economic and racial injustices and inequities.

Funding Priorities for 2022

We know that nonprofits’ funding needs will far exceed our limited grant dollars. While a broad range of nonprofits are eligible to apply, we will prioritize funding in support of the following populations disproportionately impacted by social, economic and/or racial injustices and inequities in Oregon (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Black, Indigenous, Latinx and people of color
  • Immigrants and/or refugees
  • People experiencing disabilities
  • People living on low incomes
  • People living in under-resourced communities and/or communities lacking critical infrastructure
  • People who are homeless/unsheltered
  • People who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Survivors of domestic violence and/or child abuse

Application Details

IMPORTANT: We highly encourage applicants review the following information carefully prior to submitting a proposal:

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for the latest guidance.

Applicant Resources and Support:

2022 Community Grants Applicant webinar

  • The webinar was held on Friday, February 11, 2022. To view the recording, follow this linkYou will find questions asked during the webinar answered by program officers here

Want to discuss your proposal with an OCF Program Officer? See “Connecting with OCF staff” section below for more details.

2022 Cycle Timeline

We will offer ONE opportunity to apply for a Community Grant in 2022.

This year's application deadline was Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Early Bird application deadline was 5 p.m., March 14. Organizations that applied before the Early Bird deadline will automatically be entered into a drawing for two $5,000 grants for general operating support.

Early awards/declines notifications: Small Grants (grant requests of $10,000 or less submitted by nonprofits with annual operating budgets of $250,000 or less) and proposals not moving forward in the process will receive the status of their application in Mid-June 2022

Site Visits: As part of the review process, some applicants with requests over $10,000 may be contacted to provide additional information through email or a site visit (potentially online) in June 2022.

Final award/decline notifications: All applicants will receive notification of their funding status by mid-August 2022.

Funds Available:

In 2022, Community Grants anticipates awarding at least $6 million. All eligible applications are shared with OCF’s network of donors to encourage additional funding for individual applications or generally to the program.

2021 was a record-breaking year for the Community Grants program. We anticipate another high-volume year in 2022. Through our multi-step community volunteer review process, we seek to ensure a diverse range of perspectives are informing our decisions. We aim to fund a mix of proposals in communities across Oregon and anticipate funding organizations working in a range of fields and addressing an array of challenges.

Grant types and amounts:

In 2022, we will offer four types of funding through an open application process. All grants will be one year in duration. 

Types of Funding

General Operating Support

Unrestricted funding to support an organization in carrying out its mission

Capacity Building –

To help strengthen and stabilize an organization’s governance, operations, internal culture and/or community relationships

Project/Program

To develop, adapt or expand programming to respond to community priorities

(not intended to maintain an existing program as is)

Capital

To support small capital projects that will benefit priority populations

Eligible Applicants

Culturally specific organizations located anywhere in Oregon and of any budget size

Rural-based nonprofits with annual operating budgets of $250,000 or less AND whose work aligns with OCF’s priority populations for this funding opportunity

Open to all types of organizations

Open to all types of organizations

 Open to organizations with capital projects with total costs of up to $500,000
Funding Amount

$20,000 average grant size

Up to $40,000 in limited instances*

$20,000 average grant size

Up to $40,000 in limited instances*

$20,000 average grant size

Up to $40,000 in limited instances*

$20,000 average grant size

Up to $40,000 in limited instances*

Expedited Review of Small Grants $10,000 or Less To increase accessibility for and responsiveness to small nonprofits, grant requests of $10,000 or less submitted by nonprofits with operating budgets of $250,000 or less (across all Funding Types) will be reviewed through an expedited process. We expect that funding decisions on these small grants will be made in mid-June. Applicants will be notified, and funding will be released shortly thereafter.

 Activities We Typically Won’t Fund in 2022

  • Projects in individual schools
  • Grants to subsidize participation (scholarships) or re-granting programs
  • Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
  • Deficit funding 
  • Funding for public entities to replace government dollars
  • Lobbying to influence legislation (a particular bill)
  • Scientific research
  • Religious activities
  • Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments

How to Apply

  • Review the Program Guidelines and Application Questions
  • Online applications are accepted through MyOCF. Your organization will need to register and set up an account to apply. 
  • In 2022, the application window opened February 14, 2022 and applications were due March 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. If eligible, small grants will be decided upon in mid-June, and all other decisions made by mid-August 2022. 
  • Please note Renewal applicants (organizations previously invited to reapply to the Community Grants Program for continuation of funded activities) will be emailed instructions directly to reapply through a separate process. 

Reporting Requirements

Organizations that receive a 2022 Community Grant award are required to submit a grant evaluation form at the end of the one-year grant period. Reporting information is located here and deadlines will be included in the award letter.

Connecting with OCF staff about your proposal

  • Regional OCF Program Officers will be available for 30-minute meetings (one per organization) to support those interested in applying for the 2022 grant cycle.
  • You are welcome to invite other staff or partners to join the call (3 people max is ideal) and will be able to list their names on the event.
  • Depending on the volume of nonprofits seeking funding, staff may give priority to first time applicants if needed.
  • To schedule a meeting with an OCF regional program officer, click on their scheduling link below. Select your preferred date, time and meeting location (zoom or phone). Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation along with a calendar appointment with the meeting information.

Central and Eastern Oregon

Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa Wasco and Wheeler Counties

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Burns Paiute Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

North Coast

Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Northern Willamette Valley

Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties

Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde

South Coast and Southern Willamette Valley

Benton Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane and Linn Counties

Coquille Indian Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indians

Southern Oregon

Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake Counties

Klamath Indians

Metro Portland

Statewide

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for funding from the 2022 Community Grants Program?
I’m having trouble with the online application system. Who do I contact for assistance?
Who is eligible to apply?
What elements are new in the 2022 Community Grants program?
Why is Community Grants only opening one cycle in 2022?
What is the typical range of grant award amounts?
What is the deadline for applications?
If approved, how long will it take to receive funding?
Why are you offering an expedited review for smaller funding requests?
What geographic regions are eligible to apply for funds?
Is this program accepting multi-year requests?
Are organizations who serve serving the general population or those that do not provide social services eligible to apply in 2022?
I received a 2021 Community Grant and/or other funding from OCF last year. Am I eligible to apply to “2022 Community Grants”?
Do organizations who were invited to apply for a renewal grant need to fit the 2022 framework to be considered for renewed funding? What are our instructions for submitting?
Can organizations who were invited to apply for a renewal grant modify our request to better meet our and our communities’ needs?
What my organization needs most is general operating support, but we don’t fit the criteria for requesting this type of funding. What can we do?
Does my grant request qualify for expedited review?
What does the term “culturally specific” mean to the OCF Community Grants Program?
What is OCF’s definition of a “rural-based organization”?
What is the OCF Community Grants Program’s definition of an “under-resourced” community?
How can our organization share our needs with OCF advised fund donors so they may also contribute to our efforts?