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.

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Can I apply for a grant if my organization does not have a 501(c)(3)?

How does MRG define "based in Oregon"?

How does MRG Foundation define social change community organizing?

Will you fund proposals that include lobbying?

How can I get more information and assistance in applying?

My group just received a General Fund grant, are we eligible for another General Fund grant?

We've never been funded by MRG Foundation before. Are we eligible for a Leadership Grant?

My group's budget is $510,000. Are we eligible for a Leadership Grant?

Are there specific areas MRG Foundation does not fund?