RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS PROGRAM
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 grassroots organizations and community organizing projects, with rapidly deployed small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.
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.
In order to be eligible for funding, groups must:
- have an annual budget of less than $500,000; and
- 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
- 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 $2,000 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.
- 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.
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, if at all possible, to plan ahead and apply for funds at least two weeks before they need the funds.
We strongly encourage you to submit your application through our online platform. If you must, you can fill out a “paper” application (available for download here). Once completed, send it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to:
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212
BEFORE YOU START…
Please go over the following information carefully:
Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, we ask that you do the following before contacting us.
- Visit our General Eligibility Requirements page
- Visit our Grantmaking Overview page
- Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page
If you still have questions, please send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.
If you experience technical difficulties with the online platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.