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Discretionary Grant Program

Grants to Deschutes County, Oregon Nonprofits and
Agencies to Benefit Communities and Residents

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Grants ranging between $1,000 and $2,500 to Deschutes County, Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies for short-term projects and activities that will benefit a specific area or the community at large. Funding is intended for, but not limited to, job creation, education and training, social and human services, cultural tourism, and natural resource management.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164753

Estimated Size of Grant:

While there are no established minimum or maximum amounts for grant requests, most awards are between $1,000 and $2,000. Awards above $2,500 are uncommon.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for Discretionary Grants must be non-profit organizations or publicly funded agencies that serve populations within Deschutes County. Although a 501(c)(3) classification is not required, applicants must be able to document their non-profit status. Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Deschutes County discourages requests for ongoing operational funding that cannot be sustained beyond the grant period.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year; however, they are only reviewed on a quarterly basis as follows:

-Application submitted between July 1 and September 30 will be reviewed in October.
-Application submitted between October 1 and December 31 will be reviewed in January.
-Application submitted between January 1 and March 31 will be reviewed in April.
-Application submitted between April 1 and June 30 will be reviewed in July.

As a result, applicants should prepare well in advance when making requests for date-specific projects or activities to ensure consideration prior to the event taking place.

The amount of funding made available for discretionary grants is established on July 1, the beginning of the County’s fiscal year. While the Board of Commissioners strives to ensure that funds are available to award grants throughout the year, the program may be closed without notice if all available funds are expended prior to June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Contact Information:

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

Completed application packets should be mailed or sent via email to the following address:

Judith Ure
Deschutes County Department of Administrative Services
PO Box 6005
Bend, OR 97708-6005

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USA: Oregon: Deschutes County