Oregon Parks Foundation Fund

The Oregon Parks Foundation Fund of OCF was created in 2009 by the Oregon Parks Foundation (OPF). This fund supports the acquisition, preservation and restoration of Oregon's native landscape, as well as environmental, recreational and educational improvements to public parks throughout Oregon.

Grants Program

The OPF Fund invites proposals from nonprofits and public agencies at the community, district, county and regional level. Grant recommendations are made to the OCF board by an advisory committee created by OPF. Grants disbursed by the OPF Fund generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Larger grants may occasionally be considered for unique or special projects. For a complete guide to the OPF Fund, please review our Request for Proposals.

Eligibility

The OPF Fund seeks funding requests that support the acquisition of natural parks and outdoor recreational and educational opportunities within parks. The following types of expenses will be considered:

  • Land protection and acquisition.
  • Habitat restoration.
  • Enhancing the outdoor experience (e.g., trail construction and interpretive signage).
  • Park-related ecological education programs.

Competitive proposals should demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:

  • Strong connection to parks and/or publicly accessible and undeveloped native land.
  • Strong park-related educational component for youth and/or adults.
  • Promotes connectivity (land acquisition and trail projects).
  • Strong community-based support (e.g., participation from other donors; volunteers; in-kind donations; collaboration with other agency partners, school districts, etc.).
  • Provides park opportunities and access for underserved communities (e.g., low-income, minority and rural populations).
  • A grant from OPF will clearly make a difference (e.g., close the funding gap or leverage other sources of support).

The committee accepts applications from private, tax-exempt nonprofits and public agencies within the state of Oregon, with a preference for smaller community-based organizations. Organizations with a demonstrated track record in planning and implementing park-related projects will also receive preference.

The OPF Fund does not make grants for the following types of activities or expenses:

  • Projects based outside Oregon.
  • Requests for operating support—including ongoing administrative and program expenses—unless a compelling case can be made that OPF support will strengthen or stabilize the organization and/or programs in a clear way.
  • Large capital projects where a $1,000 to $5,000 grant would have a lesser impact.
  • One-time excursion activities.
  • Deficit financing and debt retirement.
  • Recreational facilities such as fencing, soccer fields, swimming pool construction, ball field lighting, sewer and water systems, landscaping or maintenance.
  • Projects likely to be long delayed.

Application Guidelines

The application window opens annually on January 1. Applications are due by February 15. 

Applications are accepted through MyOCF. For organizations who have applied in the past, the format and narrative questions will be fairly similar. Please review the OPFF online application questions for guidance before beginning your application.

Applicants will be notified in writing when the application has been acted on by OCF's board.

Required Attachments

  • A project budget detailing projected revenue and expenditures.
  • A copy of the applicant’s 501(c)(3) tax determination letter.
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent full fiscal year’s final financial statement.

Grantee Reporting

Applicants receiving a grant from the OPF Fund will be expected to report on the use of the funds nine months following the award date. Reports are available here, and should be sent to reports@oregoncf.org.

Staff Assistance

For more information, please contact Michael Achterman, program officer: machterman@oregoncf.org or (503) 227-6846.

Recent Grant Awards