MRG will consider applications from organizations that fulfill the following requirements:  

  • Location: Applicants must be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home.
  • Budget Size: We currently only fund organization’s whose budgets are under $500,000
  • Non-Profit Status: Your group must be tax exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code or have a fiscal sponsor to receive a 12-month grant. If your group has neither tax exemption nor a fiscal sponsor, your organization is only eligible to receive a six-month grant. 

MRG does not fund: 

  • Animal welfare organizations 
  • Capital campaigns 
  • Cooperatives, health clinics, schools 
  • Direct services 
  • Organizations whose budgets exceed $500,000 
  • Organizations that require clients of or participants in their programs to be faith or religiously affiliated 
  • Personal hobby, mutual benefit, and for-profit groups 
  • Previously funded groups that have overdue grant reports 
  • Scholarships to or projects by individuals*
  • Social service agencies without a clear social change organizing project 
  • Unions or direct labor organizing 
  • Work defined by the IRS as being non tax-exempt, including: 
    • Illegal activities 
    • Lobbying 
    • Partisan activity that supports or opposes specific political parties and/or candidates for public office 
  • Work that has already happened or will be completed before funding would begin 

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements above, organizations need to be in alignment with MRG’s funding priorities, which can be found here.




* Occasionally, MRG will offer scholarships and grants to individuals via our Donor-Advised Funds. To receive information and announcements about those opportunities, please sign up to our eNewsletter.

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