Community Grant Program

Important News for OCF Community Grants Program Fall 2020

The Community Grant Program, the state’s largest responsive grant making program, is temporarily shifting available resources to Oregon Community Recovery Fund.

Oregon’s nonprofits urgently need general operating support to help them respond, adapt and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. OCF is reducing funding barriers by streamlining requests through a simple application and rapid turnaround time in distributing donated dollars.

OCF’s newly launched Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program rapidly deploys resources to community-based organizations providing critical services and assistance that keeps people housed, fed, healthy, and safe. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, reinforcing our commitment to responsive grantmaking in ways that best serve the community at this time.

We must prioritize our resources to help organizations and communities most deeply impacted by this crisis.  For fall 2020, resources that had previously supported our long-standing Community Grant Program will be redirected to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund. We recognize this is short notice for nonprofits who have begun planning fall Community Grant requests. We don’t take this decision lightly and understand that this may result in shifts to plans and activities. We also know this change may not necessarily meet the needs of each organization in coming months.

The Community Grants Program will continue to accept and review applications from organizations who had previously been invited to reapply in the fall and are in the middle of OCF-supported projects. Those organizations will be contacted directly with instructions for reapplying.

OCF is sharing applications from the Oregon Community Recovery Fund with donors and foundation partners who are looking for opportunities to support the community during this crisis.

OCF remains accessible, responsive and engaged with communities through our new response efforts. We will continue to weigh community needs and strengthen our processes as we realign responsive grantmaking in 2021. Please stay tuned to our grants page and social media channels for any and all updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for funding from OCF’s Oregon Community Recovery Fund Grant Program?
My organization was planning to apply for a new Community Grant this fall for project-specific work (e.g., programmatic expansion, capacity-building or capital enhancement). What does this shift mean? Should we submit our request?
How can our organization share our needs with OCF advised fund donors so they may also contribute to our efforts?
I represent an organization that was invited to reapply to the Community Grants Program this fall. Can we modify our request to better meet our and our communities’ needs post-COVID-19?
Where can I find standard Community Grant Program guidelines?
Who may I contact at OCF to discuss these changes further?