GENERAL FUND GRANTS 

**The Fall 2019 General Fund Application cycle is now closed**

Our Spring Cycle dates will be announced soon. Some general guidelines for our General Fund grants are below, though these may change in the future.

Eligibility/Alignment 

In order to be eligible, organizations must:  

  • Have a budget of under $500,000 (with few exceptions) and otherwise meet MRG’s eligibility requirements, and  
  • Demonstrate strong alignment with MRG’s grantmaking approach, and 
  • Be current on grant reports by the time the new grant starts, and
  • Not have an active grant by the time the new grant starts (i.e. the previous grant must be finished and reported on by July 1, 2020).

Grant Types 

Our grant funding can be used for operating support or for special projects. However, because of IRS restrictions, we cannot give operating support grants to organizations that are not registered as 501(c)(3). 

If you are a fiscally sponsored group, the fiscal sponsor must apply for a project support grant. However, your organization, as the “project,” can use the funds for either a project or for general operations.   

Maximum Grant Amounts 

  • Operating Support
    The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per year. 
  • Project Support
    The maximum grant amount is $15,000 per year for fiscally sponsored and 501(c)(3) groups and $7,000 for groups that have neither federal tax-exempt status nor a fiscal sponsor.  

Grant Terms 

As a fundraising foundation, it is extremely difficult for us to anticipate what our grantmaking budget will be more than a year in advance. While we would love to give multi-year grants, we unfortunately are not equipped to do so.  (Not yet, anyway.)

For that reason, our grants are all  12-month grants.  

Timeline & Important Dates for the 2020 Spring Cycle (these dates may change)

  • March 16 , 2020-  Spring Cycle Launch! Applications, instructions and materials are made available and organizations can start completing and submitting them for consideration! 
  • April 17, 2020 – Deadline to apply.
  • Mid May – Decline letters sent. Finalists who make it to the next round will receive a phone call and should get ready to schedule a site visit.
  • May and June – Site visits (in person, over the phone or via video chat) with finalists.
  • June 6, 2020 – Presentation Day (location to be confirmed). Most—though not all—finalists participate in Presentation Day. Please plan on having representatives there in case you are invited to attend. 
  • End of June – Final notifications, grant agreements sent, and checks mailed.  
             

 

RESPONSIVE GRANTS PROGRAM 

**We are no longer accepting Responsive Grant applications as we are out of funds**

Overview & Types of Grants 

Our Responsive grants program is designed to provide grassroots organizations and community organizing groups and projects with small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities. Responsive grants can be: 

  • Micro Grants: granted for general operating costs associated with grassroots organizing. 
  • Critical Response Grants: granted for community organizing in response to an unexpected crisis or opportunity. 
  • Travel Grants: limited to rural organizations seeking travel assistance.

Responsive grants can be used for operating costs, capacity building costs or project-related costs. 

Eligibility/Alignment 

In order to be eligible, organizations must:  

  • Have a budget of under $500,000 (no exceptions) and otherwise meet MRG’s eligibility requirements, and  
  • Demonstrate strong alignment with MRG’s grantmaking approach, and 
  • Not have received MRG Responsive grant funding in the same fiscal year. (MRG’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30.)

Process Timeline 

Organizations may apply for Responsive grant funding on a rolling basis provided that funds are available. MRG replenishes the Responsive grant funding each fiscal year on July 1.

To the extent possible, we try to make Responsive grant funding available quickly, but we encourage groups to plan ahead and apply for funds at least two weeks before they need the funds. 

Amounts  

Maximum amounts apply as follows: 

  • Micro Grants: $3,000 
  • Critical Response Grants: $2,000
  • Travel Grants: $1,000 

 How to Apply for Responsive Grants 

To apply for Responsive Grants, please download our application, fill it out, and submit it—alongside the required additional documents (which are listed in the application)—to MRG Foundation.

To request a printed application packet, please send us an e-mail at grants@mrgf.org or call us at 503-289-1517, ext. 3.

Once completed, you can send your application materials to grants@mrgf.org or via regular mail to:

MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212