Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program
The Oregon Community Recovery Grant program will provide funds to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
Please note that we will continually evaluate the needs of our communities. Due to the changing nature of this outbreak, the types of projects and available funding from this program may also shift over time.
The COVID-19 applications we have received have outstripped the resources we have available. We are doing our best to respond in a timely fashion, and please be aware that we will not be able to grant many of the requests we receive.
Questions about applying to the Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program:
OCF does not yet have formal guidelines for what makes an application competitive or what needs/priorities we will address. Sharing your organization’s current needs will help us identify priorities and work towards guidelines. The application is intended to gather information quickly in order to develop strategies. We’re figuring this out alongside our community and will adapt as we go.
OCF staff are working diligently to create responsive strategies in collaboration with stakeholders across Oregon. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to all questions about funding or accept requests for individual meetings at this time. Please submit an application that best describes your current needs and OCF staff will reach out for more information as needed.
All organizations based in or doing work in Oregon are eligible to apply. In addition, we will currently review applications from organizations in Clark County, WA.
OCF is still working on formal guidelines for this program. Submitting an application is the best way to let OCF know of your organization’s needs, regardless of what type of work you do. Currently we are prioritizing applications for programs addressing:
- Basic needs: Services and assistance that keeps people housed, fed, healthy, and safe.
- Jobs and economy: Services that help create, and connect people to jobs.
- Childcare: Strategies for creating, retaining and increasing childcare (including school-aged care), including but not limited to childcare for essential health workers.
- Social and emotional needs: Services for mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and other social/emotional issues exacerbated by the crisis.
- School closures: Strategies for addressing learning loss (distance learning, instructional supports, etc.), ancillary services provided by schools (health, mental health, nutrition), and post-secondary issues.
Given the overwhelming number of requests we are receiving, we do not anticipate granting awards of more than $100,000 out of this fund, and most grant awards likely will be under $50,000.
Applying does not guarantee that your organization will receive a distribution from the Oregon Community Recovery Fund.
We will review applications on an ongoing basis and make decisions and distributions based on availability of funds and the critical needs we identify.
Apply for what makes the most sense to you and consolidate requests where possible.
We anticipate a significant number of applications for this program. Please submit only one application for your organization.
We expect this program to stay open for months, as needs related to COVID-19 continue to evolve.
We are still working on the full set of guidelines and criteria for this program, but current grantees are not automatically ineligible for this program.
We see you, we hear you and we know the generosity of Oregonians can make an impact.
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)
*Please note that OCF staff may reach out to you for more information about your responses to the above questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org