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General Fund grant applications open in the Spring and Fall each year. With slight variations, our deadlines look like this:
- Opens: August 1
- Deadline: September 15
- Decisions: December 1
- Opens: March 1
- Deadline: April 15
- Decisions: July 1
MRG Foundation will be going through strategic planning, which may affect grant deadlines and opportunities in 2019 and 2020. To make sure you don’t miss any announcements about grant opportunities, please sign up to receive MRG’s electronic newsletter.
When funding cycles are open, you may submit your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your application packet to:
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212
When funding cycles open, we will post application packets online. If you’d like to be notified when we open our cycles, please sign up for our eNewsletters.
Please note that each cycle, MRG receives more applications than we are able to fund. If you are not funded, we will be happy to give you feedback on your application.
If you’d like to find out more about what we look for, send us an e-mail to email@example.com and we can schedule a time to chat.
You cannot apply for more than one General Fund grant at a time. You can, however, submit grant applications for Travel or Critical Response grants and General Fund grants at the same time.
Click here to find out more about our Grants Programs.
Our General Fund grants may be used for general operating support or special projects, including capacity building.
Our Responsive grants generally suit themselves to either travel or a discrete, specific project.
We do not award funding for capital projects.
For more information about our grants programs, please visit this page.
MRG awards about 15 General Fund grants each cycle, totaling about $225,000.
For General Fund grants, awards generally range between $5,000 and $15,000 depending on organizational need/budget.
MRG’s grantmaking decisions are made by a Grantmaking Committee, a group of volunteers that is made up of activists and community organizers who are themselves directly involved in developing genuine solutions to the complex social justice issues facing their communities and the state.
This is radically different from traditional philanthropy. Control of funding by grassroots organizations and activists ensures that funding is directed where it is needed most.
Our model also ensures that community organizers get to exercise their leadership by volunteering for MRG.
For specific dates, you can check out our Grant Programs page.
Generally, Fall Cycle semi-finalists are notified by early November and grantees are announced in early December. Spring Cycle semi-finalists are notified by early May, and grantees are announced in early July.
After being notified, grantees receive an award letter, which they must sign and return to MRG. They can expect to receive a check two weeks after MRG receives the signed copies.
We are looking for evidence that groups carefully thought through what they will need to do their work well. MRG grantmakers will look at your budget to confirm that your revenues and expenses are reasonable and consistent with the work you described in the application narrative. If your budget is missing key line items, grantmakers will question how well you have thought through your project.
Grantmakers will also look at your budget as a reflection of your organizational values. For example, if you say in your application narrative that your staff’s welfare is a priority, your budget will tell grantmakers whether you are paying (or at least attempting to pay) living wages and benefits that make your employees feel valued.
If you need a template for a project or operating support budget, you may download one here.