Reed and Carolee Walker Fund

A permanent endowment with earnings to be used exclusively to support programs for people living on low incomes, especially children, in Jackson County.

Next application window: December 10, 2021 - February 10, 2022

This fund was established in 2003 by a generous bequest from Ashland residents Reed and Carolee Walker. It was their will that the Walker Fund be used to help people experiencing poverty, particularly children, in Jackson County.

After assessing community needs and considering best practices, along with the donors’ intent, OCF established the following funding priorities for the Walker Fund:

  • Improving the Health and Well-being of Children in Poverty by providing:
    • 1. Dental healthcare for children
    • 2. Mental health services for children
    • 3. Substance abuse treatment for pregnant women and/or parents with young children
  • Meeting Short-Term Needs of People in Poverty by providing:
    • 4. Food, clothing, shelter and other emergency assistance for individuals or families
    • 5. Enrichment programs for children in need
  • Although less likely to be funded, projects will be considered if they:
    • 6. Otherwise address the focus of the fund

Only projects serving Jackson County are eligible.

Please review the Walker Fund Grant Program Guidelines for more information about:

  • Funding priorities.
  • Program details.
  • Guiding principles.
  • Competitiveness.

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

Applications open on December 10 and are accepted through February 10 at 5 p.m. each year. Grant decisions are made in early May.

Walker Fund applications are accepted online through MyOCF

To preview the application questions, please visit here.

Large organizations with distinctly different program areas may submit more than one application per year to the Walker Fund. However, we recommend combining multiple requests into a single application when possible. If you have questions about multiple applications, please contact Amy Drake:

Grantee Reporting

Progress reports are embedded in the Walker Fund application due February 10 (approximately nine months after the grant award). If you are not submitting an application for a previously funded project, please fill out a final report form in lieu of a progress report by August 1. (Final reports are not required if you are reapplying for the same project.) Grant award letters contain specific information about reporting requirements.

Note: Final reports are not required for the majority of grantees. Please complete a final report only if  1) you received a grant and did not report on your progress via a new application by February 10; 2) you are at the end of a multiyear legacy grant; or 3) OCF staff has specifically requested a final report.

Please email your completed final report form to

Staff Assistance

For questions about grant applications:

For technical and MyOCF questions:

  • Joel Harmon, administrative assistant:, (503) 227-6846.

Walker Grant Awards Spring 2019-2020