Lilja Family Fund

Grants and scholarships supporting communities in South Douglas County.


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


The Lilja competitive grants program at OCF accepts applications each summer to support projects that address fund priorities. Approximately $40,000 is available for grantmaking each year, with average awards of about $5,000. Priority projects 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).

Application Process

Applications are accepted through MyOCF. You must be a registered user to access OCF's Grants Portal. If you don't have an account, you can create one by following the instructions on the MyOCF login screen.

Grants sizes from this fund typically range from $2,000 to $10,000 with occasional larger grants.

Grant applications are accepted annually from June 1 to July 15 at midnight. 

Required Attachments

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter from the IRS.
  • Board of directors list (including contact information, affiliations and the skills and experience each member contributes to the organization).
  • Organization budget for the current year.
  • Organization budget for the past year.
  • Most recent audited financial statements (if available).
  • Multiyear project budget (if applicable).
  • Project graphic, schematic or timeline (optional).

Please note: We strongly recommend using Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox to fill out your application. Safari has been found to have some technical difficulties.

Grantee Reporting

Post-grant evaluation reports are due on July 15 of each year. A new grant application will not be considered unless progress reports have been submitted for all previous grants. This program uses OCF's standard grant evaluation form.

Note: Nonprofits that receive emergency/disaster relief grants should use the Lilja disaster relief report form for their work.


Scholarship applications and information are available at the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), which administers the scholarship program for OCF. Scholarship applications are due to OSAC by March 1 of each year, with an early-bird deadline of February 15.


  • Graduates of the following public high schools: South Umpqua, Days Creek, Glendale, Riddle and Camas Valley.
  • South Douglas County graduates of the following private high schools: Canyonville Christian Academy, Milo Adventist Academy, Phoenix School of Roseburg, and Umpqua Valley Christian School.
  • South Douglas County residents who are graduates of a private high school in the state of Oregon are also eligible.

Staff Assistance

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