Nike Community Impact Fund Program

Benefitting communities where Nike employees live, work and play.


The Nike Community Impact Fund was established at Oregon Community Foundation in 2010. Through this fund, Nike employees work with OCF to award at least $550,000 per year to nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland region and in southwest Washington.

Funding Priorities

Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential and build community. It fuels this belief through Made to Play, its commitment to getting kids moving through play and sport so that they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.

The Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) supports grassroots organizations (nonprofits, community centers and local schools) to get kids moving, bringing the benefits of sport to their communities, giving kids an opportunity to fall in love with sport and physical activity, and creating stronger communities where play, sport and physical activity are a highly valued part of everyday life. NCIF is an innovative approach to grantmaking that engages a committee of Nike employees to advise where grants are awarded where they live and work.

Emphasis is placed on inclusive programs that serve underrepresented populations.

  • 80% of grant awards support projects that promote sport and physical activity in the community (about 40 grants per year).
  • 20% of grant awards support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions (about 10 grants per year).

To improve your competitiveness, please review the NCIF Program Guidelines and FAQ.


Geographic Focus & Organizational Requirements

Grant applications are accepted from nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland area, specifically Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Columbia and Clark counties.

Applications are accepted from organizations that are a 501(c)(3) public charity, an IRC 7871 Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, or a government entity such as a school.

Frequency of Application

  • You may apply for one grant per NCIF funding cycle.
  • You may receive only one grant per year from NCIF.
  • If declined, you may resubmit the same project to NCIF only if key project components have been strengthened.
  • If you receive an NCIF award, you may not seek NCIF funding for the same project for three years. Example: If you received an NCIF award in spring 2019, you may not seek funding for the same project until spring 2022.
  • Applying to NCIF does not preclude you from applying to other OCF grant programs.

Not Eligible for Funding

  • Organizations that discriminate based on age, ethnicity/race, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or other disability, or national origin.
  • Individuals (including scholarships, stipends, fellowships and personal assistance).
  • Group or individual travel.
  • Research or project planning activities.
  • Support for elite or private sports camps, programs or teams.
  • Publications or audiovisual projects.
  • Endowments, memorials, budget deficits or fundraising activities.
  • Religious organizations whose programs do not have a secular and community focus.
  • Lobbying, political or fraternal activities.
  • Capital projects, unless Nike’s award would be the final funding needed.
  • Projects and events that occur prior to a Nike grant award.
  • One-day events, unless the focus of project is on program(s) leading up to a culminating event.

Application Process

  1. Is my project eligible? Please review the eligibility list above.
  2. Is my project competitive? Please review the NCIF Program Guidelines and FAQs. Also, check out our audio interview to get additional tips on submitting a stronger application!
  3. Is the application window open? (October 15 to December 1, or April 15 to June 1).
  4. Before starting, we encourage you to review the NCIF Online Application Questions
  5. Proposals are accepted through the online application system. You will be asked to register first — by entering your name, contact information, etc. — but you will not be required to immediately enter any grant application information. Once you start your grant application, you may finish it over the course of several weeks as long as it is completed by the deadline (in other words, you are not required to finish the application in one sitting). Before completing the online application, we suggest that you prepare answers to your questions offline and paste them into the online application.

Grantee Reporting

Reports are due 12 months after a grant is awarded through the same online application system.

If you have questions about reporting after reviewing your award letter, please email us at OCF-NikeFund@oregoncf.org.

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