RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS PROGRAM 

INTRODUCTION

MRG Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to work together for justice and mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world.

We fund primarily grassroots, Oregon-based organizations that believe, like we do, that those most impacted by injustice are the ones best equipped to come up with solutions to the problems that affect them.

A successful Rapid Response grant applicant will demonstrate that they:

  • utilize community organizing, leadership development, collective action and/or other strategies that build the power of everyday people to effect long-lasting, systemic change; and
  • have a strong understanding of, and intentional practice against, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other oppressions; and
  • are intersectional in their approach, and address the root causes of issues; and
  • are led by the people most impacted by issues they are advocating for or against; and
  • understand their individual role within, and are actively fighting against systems of oppression, violence and injustice.

Our Rapid Response grants program is designed to provide current grantees with small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities. In very rare cases, we may make an exception and fund a group that is not a current grantee. If your groups isn’t a current grantee but you think you may benefit from a rapid response grant, please contact grants@mrgf.org.

Proposals for Rapid Response grants must clearly articulate the urgency for funds or immediate need of the organization. If the request is not urgent, we encourage groups to apply for our General Fund grants.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for funding, groups must:

  • be a current MRG grantee; and
  • have an annual budget of less than $500,000; and
  • not have received another Rapid Response grant in the same fiscal year (MRG’s fiscal year is from July to June)

Please read the full eligibility requirements here.

GRANT TYPES & AMOUNTS

  • Critical Response grants: Maximum of $3,000 for immediate and critical needs. For example, community gatherings/meetings in response to local or national events or emergencies; unexpected challenges within the organization, such as an executive transition; or unique and timely opportunities, such as participating in a conference or urgent direct action.

FOR RURAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Travel grants: Maximum of $1,000 for grassroots organizations based in rural Oregon that are faced with unexpected travel expenses. Examples of the activities we would consider funding include travel to conferences, meetings or events that are unexpected but that present a unique opportunity for the organization to network, learn and grow.
  • Tech grants: Maximum of $1,000 for grassroots organizations based in rural Oregon  for unexpected technology needs to continue organizing during this time of physical distancing. For example, signing up for training on digital organizing, paying for Zoom or obtaining other technology that would allow your staff/community members to meet remotely.

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 and January 1.

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

NO PRINTED APPLICATIONS

We accept online applications only through our online platform.

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QUESTIONS?

Please send an email to grants@mrgf.org and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.

If you experience technical difficulties with the online platform, please contact support@submittable.org.