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Nike Community Impact Fund Program

Benefitting communities where Nike employees live, work and play.

THE NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TWO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: PORTLAND METRO AND NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND COMMUNITY STORE  NORTHEAST PORTLAND

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.

NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND – PORTLAND METRO AND NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY: 75% of grant awards support projects that promote sport and physical activity in the community. 25% of grant awards support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions.

NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND - COMMUNITY STORE – NORTHEAST PORTLAND ONLY.  100% of grant awards support projects that promote sport and physical activity in the community.

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

Eligibility

Geographic Focus & Organizational Requirements

NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND – PORTLAND METRO AND NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY: Grant applications are accepted from nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland area and Northern Willamette Valley, specifically Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Columbia, Clark, Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk counties.

NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND - COMMUNITY STORE – NORTHEAST PORTLAND ONLY.  Grant applications are accepted from organizations serving the following zip codes in Northeast Portland only:  97203, 97211, 97212, 97213, 97214, 97215, 97217, 97218, 97220, 97227, 97232.

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 2021, you may not seek funding for the same project until spring 2024.
  • 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.
  • Projects which have received an NCIF grant award for the same project in the past 36 months.
  • Requests for which Nike is asked to be the sole funder.

Application Process

The open application window is from January 21, 2021 to February 19, 2021). NOTE: There will only be one open cycle in 2021.

  1. Review the Program Guidelines, Eligibility Quiz and Application Questions.
  2. If interested, register in the application system (see links below) by entering your name, contact information, etc. You will not be required to immediately enter any grant application information.
  3. Complete the Eligibility Quiz and if you meet the criteria, you will start your grant application. You are not required to finish the application in one sitting. You may finish it over the duration of the open application period (January 21 to February 19)
  4. Before completing the online application, we suggest that you prepare answers to the application questions offline and copy them into the online application.

Proposals are accepted through the online application system. Click the appropriate link below. We will only make on grant per organization, but those eligible for both are welcome to apply for both.

APPLY TO THE NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND – PORTLAND METRO AND NORTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY

APPLY TO THE NIKE COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND - COMMUNITY STORE – NORTHEAST PORTLAND ONLY.

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.

Staff Assistance

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