Reed and Carolee Walker Fund

Grants to support programs for people in poverty, especially children, in Jackson County.

Application window: December 10, 2022 - February 10, 2023 at 5 pm

This fund was established in 2003 by a generous bequest from Ashland residents Reed and Carolee Walker.

After assessing community needs and the donors’ intent, OCF established the following funding priorities for the Walker Fund:

To support people in poverty in Jackson County through:

  1. Mental health services for children
  2. Food, shelter, and other emergency assistance for children and families
  3. Substance use treatment for pregnant people and/or children and families
  4. Enrichment programs for children
  5. Food, shelter, and other emergency assistance for individuals
  6. Dental health services for children
  7. Otherwise address the focus of the Walker Fund

Only projects serving Jackson County are eligible.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe that creative and sustainable solutions come from people who work in partnership to address common needs and aspirations.
  • We give high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
  • We recognize and respect Oregon's diverse regions and populations, and we seek to advance equity, diversity and inclusion through our programs.

Application Process


OCF offers one Walker Fund grant cycle per year. Applications are accepted December 10 through February 10 at 5 pm annually, with decisions in early May. 


Approximately $1.9 million is awarded annually with grants from $5,000 to $150,000 per application.


Application and guideline updates for the 2023 cycle will be available by mid-November 2022.

Please review the 2022 Program Guidelines and application questions prior to applying for information on the scope of proposals sought, eligibility, application process, and review criteria.

Online applications are accepted through OCF’s online system.

Applicants may apply for support for “new projects” or “previously funded projects” (i.e. projects previously funded by the Walker Fund). There is no limit to the number of times nonprofits can apply for the same project in the “previously funded” category.

Large organizations with distinctly different program areas may submit more than one application. However, OCF recommends combining multiple requests into a single application when possible.

Grantee Reporting

Returning applicants: progress reports are embedded in the Walker Fund application due February 10 (approximately nine months after the grant award). No other reporting is needed. 

If applicants are not submitting an application for a previously funded project, Amy Drake, Program Officer, will contact you about a verbal report meeting.

Staff Assistance

Walker Fund

  • For questions on your proposed project, eligibility, or general questions about the Walker Fund, please contact Amy Drake, Program Officer. 


Walker Grant Awards Spring 2021-2022