Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program

UPDATE: OCF plans to launch a new statewide application in winter 2021 (date TBA). Our goal will be to provide flexible types of support, with an emphasis on communities most disproportionately impacted by the multiple crises that have devastated Oregon. More information about the application will be released by mid-November 2020. Please check our website and social media channels for details.

The Oregon Community Recovery Fund has been established to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits that support Oregon residents and families who are most affected by the emerging health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19.

Given the health, economic and racial crises our nation is grappling with, we have a focused response to address gaps in opportunity among communities facing the greatest risk and the most disproportionate impacts. These include quality education, good jobs, stable housing, access to health care, a web of community connections.

Please note: The Oregon Community Recovery Fund is not accepting new applications for the current phase of grantmaking. Please continue to check this page for updates. Current applicants should continue to check their emails for funding status notification.

OCF is working on developing a new solution for nonprofits to share information about their programs with OCF and OCF’s donors. More information will be posted on our website in the coming months.

We will continue to make grants to organizations working to address disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color in Oregon through Summer 2020. We are actively working on a strategy to address anticipated needs of nonprofits and the communities they serve in the Fall and beyond.

In addition to responsive grantmaking, OCF continues to bring people together to solve problems, build trust and enhance our strategic initiatives. We will work in close collaboration with an active and diverse network of volunteers, business leaders, advocates and nonprofits throughout the state to recover and rebuild equitable communities where all Oregonians will thrive.

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Questions about applying to the Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program:

What makes an application to the Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program competitive?
What do you mean by other vulnerable populations for the Oregon Community Recovery Fund?
What specific topics or needs does the Oregon Community Recovery fund aim to address?
What support is available for arts & culture organizations?
What support is available for small businesses?
Are 501(c)(3)s the only organizations eligible to apply?
Can I talk to someone at OCF about my application?
What geographic regions are eligible to apply for funds?
How much should we apply for?
Is OCF engaging communities in this effort?
Does submitting an application guarantee funding?
When will funds be distributed?
Should our multi-location organization apply under one umbrella, or submit multiple separate applications?
Can my organization submit more than one application?
How long will the fund stay open?
I recently received or applied for a different grant from OCF. Am I eligible for a grant from this fund?
Will OCF offer other responsive grantmaking in 2020?
If I submitted an OCRF application already, but have not yet had a response from OCF, what can I expect?
If my organization does not specifically target marginalized communities, is there another way to share my needs or project ideas with OCF and donors?
I represent an organization that is aligned with your priorities for funding. Is there a way to share our work with OCF after the application window closes?
Who can I contact with additional questions?
I’m having trouble with the online application system. Who do I contact for assistance?
What else should we know?

Application Details

Applicants should expect to provide basic organization information (organization name, contact information, EIN, mission/general description of services, etc), as well as provide responses to the following questions:

  • What is the unanticipated need that your organization is facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis? (max 1,500 characters)
  • What type of funding are you seeking to address through this grant? Examples may include programmatic support due to an uptick in demand for your organization’s services or general operating emergency funds due to cancellation of major events/sources of revenue. (max 500 characters)
  • How much are you requesting? How will this amount assist your organization in meeting the need you outlined above? (max 500 characters)
  • Does your organization primarily serve disproportionately impacted communities (including communities of color, low-income, rural/geographically isolated, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, refugees, immigrants, or other vulnerable or historically underserved populations)? If YES, please explain and include how your staff and leadership represent and involve those populations in your decision-making processes. If NO, please state that you serve the general population.
  • What is your financial outlook for the next 30-90 days and what additional resources, if any, do you have to support your needs (cash reserves, endowment, loans, federal/state relief funds, etc.)?
  • What is the impact to your clients and/or community if this financial need is not met?
  • What is your organization’s total operating budget for the current year (prior to any COVID-19 impacts)?

*Please note that OCF staff may reach out to you for more information about your responses to the above questions.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability/disability, age, status as a veteran, national origin or any other protected class. Applicants for COVID-19 Response Grants must hold similar standards in the provision of services.

Questions? Contact us at grants@oregoncf.org

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