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Black United Fund of Oregon (BUFOR) Grant

Grants to Oregon and Southwest Washington Nonprofits
to Improve Education in Ethnically Diverse Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Black United Fund of Oregon (BUFOR)

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon and Southwest Washington grassroots and community-based nonprofits to improve social and economic conditions in traditionally underserved communities. Funding may be requested for specific projects, programs, or operating support.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations whose programs are consistent with BUFOR's funding criteria and whose grant request fall in the area of education as detailed below. Black United Fund’s education focus will support agencies and organizations that:

-Help students have a successful high school and/or higher education completion;
-Work to close the achievement gap;
-Ensure access to education;
-Introduce youth to science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and the medical field (STEAM);
-Guide youth toward improving academic work and responsible citizenship; and
-Encourage a college going culture among young people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163118

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be up to $5,000. Average grant size is between $1,500 and $3,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Black United Fund grant, an organization must:

-Be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS, or have arranged for grant administration by a fiscal sponsor. (Note: This cannot be the Black United Fund. Organizations can only act as fiscal sponsor for one organization)
-Be in compliance with terms outlined for previous BUFOR grants, e.g. have submitted all outstanding evaluation forms, agreed terms of service, and digital photos
-Carry out work in Oregon and SW Washington

The Black United Fund's board of directors, staff and grant evaluators use the following funding criteria to evaluate proposals and ultimately award grants during the decision-making process. Primary consideration for a grant from the Black United Fund is given to organizations that:

-Serve Oregon’s and SW Washington’s ethnically diverse communities, particularly the African-American community
-Demonstrate ethnic diversity among staff, board and its constituency
-Operate as a smaller, grassroots, community-based group (annual budget not to exceed $600,000)
-Have limited access to or difficulty raising funds due to cultural barriers or the organization's progressive work.
-Administer a culturally sensitive program methodology
-Provide programs that are supported by and relevant to the needs of the community
-Are located in disadvantaged communities in order to serve those communities
-Have a history of, or program staff experienced in working with diverse populations

The Black United Fund will not fund:

-Individuals, public institutions, or for-profit corporations
-Activities or items purchased that begin prior to grant BUFOR decisions
-An organization that has an annual operating budget that exceeds $600,000 (Note: If using a Fiscal Agent, their budget cannot exceed $600,000)
-Capital Campaigns
-Grant-making organizations
-Religious Programs
-Political campaigns, organizations, or candidates for public office
-Luncheons, banquets, or dinners

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 grant cycle opens November 1, 2017. Submit the online proposal application packet with required attachments and narrative by January 15, 2018, by 11:59 pm. Mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will not be considered.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Kimberlee Sheng
(503) 282-7973

Black United Fund of Oregon
2828 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon;   Washington: Southwest region