How to Apply for Grants

Our entire process is done through our website. The process is straightforward, but we understand that it can be daunting, especially if you are a first time grant writer. We do offer a quarterly grant writing workshop that we encourage all prospective applicants to attend. It is not mandatory and it is free of charge.

We have two general purpose grant programs, Large and Small. The process is the same for both programs.

Application Steps: Overview

Check that you are eligible

  • We fund organizations within an 11 county service area: Benton, Clackamas,  Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.
  • Your project must fall into one of our seven program areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environmental Preservation, Health, Historic Preservation, Problem Gaming, or Public Safety.
  • Organizations must have 501(c)3 tax status, or have a fiscal sponsor that does, to be eligible for our grant programs,
  • Government agencies within Polk and Yamihill counties are eligible to apply.

Submit a letter of inquiry

The LOI process is the first step in applying for a grant.

  • You will complete a brief eligibilty quiz and move on to the LOI form.
  • LOI's are only accepted through our online system. Learn More

Attend a Grant-writing workshop (optional)

We offer quarterly Grant Writing workshops that are recommended, but not mandatory. We invite you to attend, free of charge, and learn step-by-step how to complete our application process. Learn More

Write Your Application

  • If your LOI is approved, you will be invited to submit a compete application.
  • An invitation and instructions will be emailed to you.
  • The process is done through our website. Learn More

Receive your grant

  • SMCF grants are highly competitive.
  • We will let you know in writing if your grant request was successful or unsuccessful.
  • You are welcome to request feedback on your grant application.
  • If your project is funded, we will ask that you attend a check presentation reception at our Tribal Governance Building in Grand Ronde.
  • Our grants are for projects lasting 12 months or less
  • We require a final report be submitted at the end of your grant period.
  • Final reports must be received and approved before an organization is eligible for future funding. Learn More