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In addition to opening our General Fund cycle, we’re also relaunching the Lilla Jewel Awards for Womxn Artists and replenishing our Rapid Response funds!  Check them out: 

General Fund Grants

We are so excited to announce that we are launching our next General Fund grant cycle through our new online grantmaking platform on March 16.

To find out all the details, please sign up to attend one of three interactive webinars about this upcoming opportunity. Below are the options: 

If you cannot attend, information about our grantmaking—including types of grants and amounts, eligibility and criteria, and timelines—can be found on our website. We will also make sure to share recordings of the webinars shortly after they end. 

The application deadline is April 17.

Add the launch to your Google calendar!


Lilla Jewel Awards for Womxn Artists

In addition to our General Fund grants, we are also re-launching the Lilla Jewel Award for Womxn Artists!

This award is intended to fund the work of Oregon-based artists who identify as womxn, femmes, gender non-conforming or non-binary—especially those who identify as Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA2S+, disabled, and/or immigrants and refugees—and whose work is used as a tool for social justice organizing and/or has a strong feminist lens.

This opportunity is open to individuals (not organizations) and we’ll be accepting applications from musicians, performers, filmmakers, dancers, writers, poets, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, and multi-media and spoken-word artists, among many others. Artists must be at least 18 years old to apply.

Our new Lilla Jewel Awards Committee—made up of six past Lilla Jewel grant recipients—is giving out two, $10,000 awards this year, with the new grantees receiving their awards at Justice Within Reach, MRG’s Annual Fundraising Dinner, on May 27, 2020.

Folks interested in this opportunity may click below to sign up to attend an informational webinar on March 12 or visit this page to listen to the recording.

Application materials and more information will be found here beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The deadline to apply is April 17, 2020.

Sign up for the Lilla Jewel webinar


Rapid Response Grants

We just added another $10,000 to our pot of Rapid Response grants! 

These grants are reserved for small, grassroots organizations (budgets of under $500,000) that otherwise fit with MRG’s priorities. Application materials and information can be found here beginning on March 16, 2020.

Available grants are: 

  • Critical Response grants: The project must be in response to a unique opportunity or unexpected challenge. Max amount: $2,000.
  • Travel grants: Exclusive funding for rural organizations that need travel funds to attend events relevant to their work. Max amount: $1,000.

Groups may apply for Rapid Response grants as long as there is money left in the pot. (We replenish funds at the beginning of our fiscal year every July 1.) 

Read more about our Rapid Response grants on our website.

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