Overview & Types of Grants 

MRG awards grants to 40-50 grassroots organizations each year through our General Fund, making this our largest grantmaking program. General Fund grant recipients may receive up to 12 months of funding to support their social change and organizing work 

 Applicants can use MRG funding for either general operating expenses or special projects, including capacity building. 


In order to be eligible to apply, organizations must:  

Process Timeline  Fall 2019  

NOTE: These dates are not finalized and they may change slightly.

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Grant amounts will depend on the size and readiness of the organization but will not exceed $15,000 per year. As a general rule, we will not award grants that comprise more than 30% of an organization’s annual operating budget. 

How to Apply for General Fund Grants 

To apply for General Fund grants, you will fill out an application and submit it — along with the required additional documents (budget, financials, photos, etc.) — to MRG at the indicated time. 

**We are currently developing applications for the Fall grant cycle. Stay tuned for more!**


 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. 


In order to be eligible, organizations must:  

  • 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. 


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 or call us at 503-289-1517, ext. 3.

Once completed, you can send your application materials to or via regular mail to:

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