GENERAL FUND GRANTS 

**The next opportunity (Spring 2020) is scheduled to open on March 16, 2020.**

The General Fund grant opportunity opens twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. 

Eligibility & Alignment

In order to be good candidates 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
  • Demonstrate strong alignment with MRG’s funding priorities.
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.
Full eligibility requirements can be found here.

Grant Types & Amounts

Our General Fund grants can be used for operating support or for special projects, depending on a few criteria. Our grants tend to be funded at a lower level than requested.

Operating Support

Operating support grants are reserved for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups whose budgets don’t exceed $500,000. While there is no minimum, the maximum grant request allowed is $15,000.

Project Support

Project support grants are available to exempt groups, non-exempt groups, and fiscally sponsored groups. 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.    

While project grants are open to large-budget organizations, all things being equal, priority will be given to smaller, grassroots groups, especially those that are led by the communities most impacted.

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, all our General Fund grants are 12-month grants.  

Process & Timeline

After groups submit applications, our Grantmaking Committee will select up to 20 groups that will be asked to provide additional information and receive site visits. The timeline is as follows:
  • March 16, 2020 –  Spring Cycle Launch! Applications are made available and groups can start completing and submitting them for consideration.
  • April 17, 2020 – Deadline to apply.
  • Late MayDecline letters sent. Applicants who make it to the next round will receive a phone call and should be ready to schedule a site visit.
  • Early JuneFinalists receive a site visit (in person, over the phone or via video chat) from grantmakers.
  • June 13, 2020Presentation 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 JuneFinal notifications, grant agreements sent, and checks mailed.
To apply for a General Fund grant, click below.


submit

If a General Fund grant form isn’t available, it’s because there isn’t an opportunity open at this time.

Printed Packets

We strongly encourage you to fill out the online application, but if you’d like to request a printed application packet, please send us an email to grants@mrgf.org or call us at 503-289-1517, ext. 3. Once completed, you can send your printed application materials to grants@mrgf.org or via regular mail to:
MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212
Please note your printed application must be postmarked by the deadline. 
Questions?
For questions regarding MRG criteria or process, please contact Violeta at violeta@mrgf.org (preferred) or 503-289-1517, ext. 3.
             

 

RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS PROGRAM 

**The next Rapid Response grant opportunity will open on July 1, 2020**

Our Rapid Response grants program is designed to provide grassroots organizations and community organizing groups and projects with small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities. Proposals for Rapid Response grants must clearly articulate the urgency for or immediate need of the organization. If the request is not urgent, we recommend groups apply for our General Fund grants.

Eligibility & Alignment 

In order to be eligible for funding, groups must:
  • Have an annual budget of less than $500,000;
  • Be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home;
  • 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
  • Demonstrate strong alignment with MRG’s funding priorities.
  • Not have received another Rapid Response grant in the same fiscal year (MRG’s fiscal year is from July to June)

Full eligibility requirements can be found here.

Grant Types & Amounts

Critical Response grants: Maximum of $2,000 for immediate and critical needs. Examples of proposals we would consider include:
  • Community gatherings/meetings in response to local or national events or emergencies.
  • Unexpected challenges within organizations, such as an executive transition, or unique and timely opportunities, such as participating in a conference or impromptu action.
Travel grants: Maximum of $1,000 for grassroots rural organizations that need unexpected travel expenses covered. Examples of proposal we would consider include:
  • Travel to conferences, meetings or events that are unexpected but that present a unique opportunity for the organization to network, learn and grow.

Process & Timeline 

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

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

To apply for Rapid Response grants, click below.


submit

If a Rapid Response grant form isn’t available, it’s because there isn’t an opportunity open at this time.

Printed Packets

We strongly encourage you to fill out the online application, but if you’d like to request a printed application packet, please send us an email to grants@mrgf.org or call us at 503-289-1517, ext. 3. Once completed, you can send your printed application materials to grants@mrgf.org or via regular mail to:
MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212
Questions?
For questions regarding MRG criteria or process, please contact Violeta at violeta@mrgf.org (preferred) or 503-289-1517, ext. 3.