Grant Eligibility Guidelines
Where We Work
We support rural Oregon communities, including Tribal communities. All proposals, regardless of an applicant’s location, must have a clear and compelling benefit to rural Oregon.
What We Look For
We seek partners who:
- are IRS-designated 501(c)3 non-profits, a government entity (including special districts) or a Tribal government.
- share our passion for and commitment to rural Oregon.
- demonstrate a broad network of community support.
- advance one or more of our focus areas and understand how these areas are interconnected.
- approach opportunities and challenges with innovation, creativity and collaborative spirit.
- have clear goals and clear outcomes that advance work toward solutions.
- demonstrate thoughtful planning.
- apply racial equity and DEI lenses to their work or demonstrate they are doing the work to develop such lenses.
- value community and believe strengthening community connections is foundational to their work.
- demonstrate solid organizational stewardship.
- want to engage with us as partners.
We are especially interested in opportunities that:
- stimulate rural economies, foster economic resilience and/or advance efforts outside of traditional economies.
- bring great, new ideas at a time when Foundation support can act as a catalyst.
- engage and mobilize young people.
- engage a mix of lived experiences at every level, including across generations.
- celebrate rural landscapes.
- support sustainable food production and distribution.
- have the potential to leverage additional investment in rural Oregon.
We rarely consider requests for/from:
- faith-based organizations.
- This includes YMCAs.
- organizations outside of the United States.
- endowments, or for multi-year commitments exceeding four (4) years.
- private, independent, tuition-based or charter elementary or secondary schools.
- or from organizations with a history of (or currently experiencing) intense public scrutiny, public litigation, or other activity that would jeopardize/conflict with the Mission or Values of the Roundhouse Foundation.
We are unable to consider requests for/from:
- propagandizing or for influencing legislation and elections.
- institutions, who — in policy or practice — unlawfully discriminate against persons for their race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, age, or other individual identities.
- individuals unauthorized to act on behalf of a qualified tax-exempt organizations.
- individuals for their personal benefit.
- loan, debt, or operational deficits of any kind.
organizations that are not IRS-recognized public charities or qualifying government or Tribal government entities. Fiscally-sponsored nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding, but must be actively in pursuit of 501(c)(3) status.