In order to be eligible for funding, all organizations must:
Be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home; and
Have 501(c)(3) tax exemption or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
If a group has neither federal tax exemption nor a fiscal sponsor, it must be able to cash a check in its name, and its work must be considered “charitable” or meet tax-exempt criteria per the IRS, i.e. it must be for the benefit of the larger community, not individuals or businesses.
If you are a current General Fund grantee:
Be current on grant reports by the time the new grant starts (so for example, if your grants is scheduled to end in June, your final report must be completed before you start work under the new grant in July); and
Not have received a General Fund grant in the previous grant cycle.
For Rapid Response grants:
- Have an annual operating budget of under $500,000.
MRG does not fund:
- Individuals of businesses
- Animal welfare organizations
- Capital campaigns
- Cooperatives, health clinics, or schools
- Direct services
- 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 focus
- Unions or direct labor organizing
- Work defined by the IRS as being non tax-exempt, including:
- Illegal activities
- 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.