MRG Foundation awards nearly half a million dollars each year to grassroots groups across Oregon through three primary grantmaking programs, each with specific funding criteria and application timelines. Be sure to check the Eligibility Page for eligibility criteria that apply to all three grantmaking programs. You can also see Frequently Asked Questions that come up as groups are applying.

Responsive Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

Our Responsive Grants Program is designed to provide grassroots, community organizing with small grants year-round. The program includes:

  • Micro Grants. $3000 max amount, granted for general operating costs associated with grassroots organizing.
  • Critical Response. $2000 max amount, granted for organizing in response to an unexpected crisis or opportunity for organizing.
  • Travel. $1000 max, limited to rural organizations seeking travel assistance.

To Apply:

Contact MRG’s Grants Coordinator, Esther Kim, to receive an application and make sure your project is eligible. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications are due by the 15th, reviewed by the 25th, and grant notifications are made by the 5th of the following month.

Email your completed application to You can also mail or deliver to our office. If you have any questions, email Esther or call 503-289-1517 or 1-800-489-6743 (outside Portland).

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General Fund Grants

Critical Response Grants

Travel Grants

Micro Grants