New Year, New Grant Opportunities

As we pause and reflect at the beginning of a new year, we are grateful to all nonprofit staff and volunteers who give time and talent to your community and the people you serve. We also thank the foundations and donors whose financial investments in rural communities help us fill the gaps. May 2017 bring us more opportunities to work together and learn from each other.

Several grant deadlines are coming up in the next few months. Here is a partial list of Foundations who support rural nonprofits and communities and their application due dates.

January 15 – Oregon Community Foundation Community Grants
February 1 – Reser Family Foundation
March 15 – The Autzen Foundation
April 4 – The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
June 1 – Trust Management Services (Wheeler, Grant, Harney, Malheur counties)

The Collins Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have rolling deadlines with funding decisions made throughout the year. (Check their websites for more information.)

Nonprofits! Save time preparing your grant applications by keeping an updated file of the following information that nearly all funders need in addition to specific information about the project in the grant request:

  • List of current board members and their affiliations
  • Copy of IRS letter of determination of 501(c)(3) status
  • Organization budget for current year
  • Project budget showing projected income sources and expenditures
  • Organization financial statement including balance sheet and statement of activity (revenue and expense)

Before applying, study each foundation’s website to be sure your organization’s proposal fits that foundation’s fields of interest.

Oregon Community Foundation:
Reser Family Foundation
The Autzen Foundation:
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Trust Management Services
The Collins Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation