GENERAL FUND GRANTS
**The Spring 2020 cycle is scheduled to open on March 16, 2020.**
MRG Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to work together for justice and mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world.
We fund primarily grassroots, Oregon-based organizations that believe, like we do, that those most impacted by injustice are the ones best equipped to come up with solutions to the problems that affect them.
Starting in 2020, we are accepting applications from organizations of all sizes; however, we will continue to prioritize funding for small, grassroots organizations.
A successful grant applicant will demonstrate that they:
- utilize community organizing, leadership development, collective action and/or other strategies that build the power of everyday people to effect long-lasting, systemic change; and
- have a strong understanding of, and intentional practice against, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other oppressions; and
- are intersectional in their approach, and address the root causes of issues; and
- are led by the people most impacted by issues they are advocating for or against; and
- understand their role within, and are actively fighting against systems of oppression, violence and injustice.
In order to be eligible for funding, organizations must:
- Be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home; and
- Preferably, 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, its work must be considered “charitable” or meet tax-exempt criteria per the IRS; and
If you are a current grantee, your previous grant must be spent down completely and the final report must be completed before the new grant begins.
Please review the full eligibility requirements here.
GRANT TYPES & AMOUNTS
Our General Fund grants can be used for operating support or for special projects, depending on a few criteria. All of our grants are for one year.
- Operating Support: Operating support grants are reserved for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups whose budgets don’t exceed $500,000. The maximum request allowed is $15,000.
- Project Support: Project support grants are available to exempt groups, non-exempt groups, and fiscally sponsored groups, regardless of budget size. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fiscally sponsored and 501(c)(3) groups and $7,000 for groups that have neither federal tax-exempt status nor a fiscal sponsor.
Please note that while project grants are open to large-budget organizations, funding priority will be given to smaller, grassroots groups that are led by the communities most impacted.
MRG strives to fund grants as requested; however, our limited budget and the large number of applications sometimes mean we must fund at slightly lower amounts.
PROCESS & TIMELINE
All of our grant applications must now be submitted through our Submittable platform. To use the platform, groups will need to create an account, which is a fairly simple process.
From their account, groups will be able to submit applications, track their progress, send us additional documents, and submit reports, if we ever required any.
After groups submit their applications, our volunteer Grantmakers will select up to 20 groups per cycle that will be asked to provide additional information and receive site visits. The timeline in this cycle looks like this:
- Monday, March 16 – Applications open
- Friday, April 17 – Deadline to apply
- Mid May – Applicants who make it to the next round (AKA finalists) will receive a phone call and should be ready to schedule a site visit. Applicants who don’t make to the next round it will receive a decline email
- Late May/Early June – Finalists receive a site visit (in person, over the phone or via video chat) from grantmakers
- Saturday, June 13 or 20 (TBD) – Presentation Day in Eugene. Various—though not all—finalists participate in Presentation Day. Please plan on having one or two representatives there in case you are invited to attend
- End of June – Final notifications, grant agreements sent, and checks mailed
Once groups receive an award, they have one year to spend the funds. At the end of that year, they will be required to meet (in person or over the phone) with our Grants Program Director to give us their final report. That’s right—no more written reports!
We strongly encourage you to submit your application online. If you must, you can fill out a paper application (click here to download it in Word). Once completed, please send it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to:
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212
Applications must be received by the deadline.
BEFORE YOU START…
Please read the following information carefully:
Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, we ask that you do the following before contacting us.
- Visit our General Eligibility Requirements page
- Visit our Grantmaking Overview page
- Attend one of the three General Fund informational webinars scheduled for early March. If you missed them, you can view the recording here.
- Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page
If you still have questions, please send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.
If you experience technical difficulties with the online platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.