We distribute grants to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in an 11-county service area, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill County, and to the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon.
To be eligible for funding, you must be a registered 501c3 organization doing work in one or more of the following 11 counties in Northwest Oregon:
We strive to be flexible, adaptive and responsive in our grantmaking which is reflected in our seven broad programmatic areas. Historically our program areas were left undefined, but we recently added definitions to help people understand where their work best fits within our program areas.
Click links below for programmatic definitions.
Within our six programmatic funding areas, our Board of Trustees has established priority areas that fall within the program areas of Education, Health and Environmental Preservation.
Although projects from all of our program areas are funded regularly, projects that fall within our priority areas receive special attention.Priority Funding Areas
Executive Director, Angie Sears, discusses who we are and who we fund in great detail. This video was created for the 2023 Conversations With Funders event hosted by Oregon Cultural Trust.
As a relatively small funder, there are some projects that simply fall out of our funding scope and are generally not eligible for funding.View our Ineligible Projects list