Eligibility

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 potential to leverage additional investment in rural Oregon

 

We are unable to fund:

  • faith-based organizations
  • political organizations

The Foundation does not favor proposals to fund endowments or capital campaigns through our open call application process.

 

Our Belief in Equity:

Roundhouse Foundation's work is grounded in a strong sense of place and community, and we deeply value the diversity and multiple perspectives of the people that call our region home.  We cultivate community conditions in which every person feels welcome, included and respected, and our diversity - in race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age and religion - is celebrated and shared community strength.  Through our work and investments, we build relationships across differences, create opportunities the advance equity, address barriers that prevent people from thriving, and amplify a diversity of voices - so that every one of us can reach our full potential and pursue our hopes and dreams.

See our full equity statement here.