To be eligible for an MRG grant, an applicant must:
- Be organizations – MRG does not fund scholarships or projects by individuals.
- Work primarily in Oregon and be based in Oregon – MRG does not fund groups headquartered out of state, even if they’re working in Oregon.
- Have an annual organizational budget less than $500,000
MRG funds groups that:
- Build community power: Is your group led by and accountable to the people most directly impacted by issues of social, racial, economic, and environmental justice?
- Address the root of the problem: Does your group identify and address the root causes of your issues?
- Change the system: Are you mobilizing your community to work together to change political, social, and economic policies, systems, or institutions that perpetuate injustice?
- Lack mainstream support: Does your organization have a hard time accessing traditional funders because you are too radical, cutting edge, or controversial?
If you meet all of the above criteria, please contact the MRG Grants Program at 503-234-2338 in Portland, or 1-800-489-6743 toll free to request an application. Groups that have not been funded by MRG Foundation previously must talk to grants staff before completing an application.Expand All | Collapse All
Yes. Groups without a 501(c)(3) exemption or fiscal sponsor are still eligible for Critical Response Grants, Travel Grants, and/or a 6-month General Fund Grant as long as your work meets IRS requirements for 501(c)(3) organizations. We do not fund groups that are incorporated as a business, personal hobby organization, or a mutual benefit corporation.
Your organization’s office must be located in Oregon, your work must primarily be directed to people in Oregon, and the majority of your board and staff must be located in Oregon.
Social change organizing addresses the root causes of critical social justice issues by bringing people together and building their power to change political, social, and economic systems that are perpetuating injustice. Social change organizing is relative and happens differently in different communities. No matter the community, though, social change organizing involves some form of leadership development, base building, and collective action.
Yes. For proposals that include lobbying to be considered:
- Your organization or your fiscal sponsor must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption AND have filed the 501(h) election.
- Your application should be for general support.
If a proposal is for a special project, the funds from MRG cannot be earmarked for lobbying and the dollar amount of non-lobbying activities must exceed the funding requested from MRG. Contact grants program staff if your proposal will include lobbying.
The first step for new applicants is to review the How to Apply section. Then contact MRG Grants Program at 503-234-2338 in Portland, or 1-800-489-6743 toll free to request an application.
If you’re applying for a General Fund grant, you will receive a General Fund Grants Guide with your application, which will provide you with detailed criteria information and instructions. Grants staff are also available by phone or email to help your group determine its eligibility for grants, guide you through the funding process, and assist you in completing the application.
Not immediately. Groups may apply for one General Fund grant each year. We will fund groups for multiple years in a row, as long as each proposal meets our criteria.
As long as your proposal meets our other criteria and your group’s budget is between $100,000 and $500,000. We look at your most recently completed fiscal year’s actual expenses, the current year’s budgeted expenses, and next year’s budgeted expenses. All three years must be between $100,000 and $500,000.
No. MRG Foundation does not fund groups with annual organizational budgets over $500,000.
Yes. We do not fund
- scholarships or individual projects,
- unions or direct labor organizing,
- cooperatives, health clinics, schools or social service agencies without a clear social change organizing project,
- work defined by the IRS as being non tax-exempt, including illegal activities and partisan activity that supports or opposes specific political parties and/or candidates for public office,
- personal hobby, mutual benefit, and for profit groups,
- capital campaigns
We also do not fund previously funded groups with overdue grant reports or work that has already happened or that will be completed before funding would begin.