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:

  • 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 fund:

  • individuals
  • faith-based organizations
  • political organizations
  • endowments

The Foundation does not favor proposals to fund capital campaigns through our Open Call application process.

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