Foundation / Corporation
The Collins Foundation
Grants to Oregon nonprofits, agencies, and tribal organizations for programs that improve the quality of life and well-being of local communities, both urban and rural. Funding is intended to promote access to culturally responsible and high-quality services in education, health, housing, social services, and employment.
The Foundation also envisions vibrant neighborhoods and communities where residents enjoy access to healthy food; a rich variety of artistic and cultural expression; and the benefits of Oregon’s natural environment.
The Foundation welcomes the multiple perspectives that diversity brings and believes that difference enriches all. The Foundation also values equity, which is understood to mean fair and inclusive access to resources and opportunity for all of Oregon’s people and communities to achieve their full potential. The Foundation is committed to incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the organizational policies and grantmaking practices.
Types of grants awarded:
Challenge or Matching Grants: A challenge match can be used to inspire new and increased donor contributions for a specific project or priority, or to help an organization expand its donor base to increase its sustainability. If applying for a challenge grant, you should identify the amount of the challenge match, a start and end date for the challenge period, and the target donors. In most cases, the Foundation provides a 1:1 match after the entire challenge amount has been raised. For project and operating support challenge match grants, the Foundation strongly prefer to match donations from new donors and current donors increasing their contributions.
Operational support is funded under certain circumstances. The Foundation is most inclined to provide general operating support to organizations that are starting a new initiative or new area of work, implementing a multi-year strategic plan, experiencing shifts in major funding sources, or are in a period of growth or leadership transition. The focus is on providing stability and support and alleviating some annual fundraising pressure during transitional or growth periods.
Capital Projects are funded. However, the funding source prefers to participate with other funders and look for strong community support of a project. Proposals are most successful when submitted after 35-50 percent of funds are already committed.
In considering applications for substantial projects, the Foundation prefers to participate with other donors, and encourages the applicant to seek support from other sources to share in the total project.
GrantWatch ID#: 167760
In 2015, the average grant was about $35,000, but award sizes ranged from $5,000 for a one-time project at a small organization to $750,000 for a large, three-year capital campaign.
Multi-year grants are made if the proposal provides a strong rationale for a multi-year award, and, if appropriate, a clear plan to support the project after the grant period ends. Two- or three-year grants are most often awarded for (1) well-defined projects that need an extended amount of time to become established and sustainable; and (2) large-scale capital projects. Multi-year awards are generally paid in declining amounts each year.
Requests are considered only from organizations that meet the following requirements:
- Organizations with staff and leadership in Oregon and a proposed project or scope of work that directly benefits the residents of Oregon.
- Organizations that are committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.
- Organizations that either (a) have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not "private foundations" as defined under section 509(a) of the Code; or (b) have tax exemption as a governmental, Tribal, or other publicly-funded entity; or (c) have a qualified, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
- Organizations that have current registration with the offices of the Oregon State Attorney General and the Secretary of State, as required by law.
The Foundation normally will not consider an additional grant request from an organization receiving a multi-year grant until twelve months following the final scheduled payment of the multi-year grant.
The Foundation normally will consider only one grant request from the same organization in a twelve month period unless an additional request is invited by the Foundation, or the organization is serving as the fiscal sponsor for another project.
Grants are not normally made for the following:
- Elementary schools, secondary schools, or public higher education institutions. Exceptions include alternative schools serving students at risk of dropping out, tuition-free private schools serving low-income youth, or schools where there is a long history of Collins family involvement.
- Individual religious congregations.
- Hospitals within healthcare systems.
- Development office personnel, marketing, fundraising events, endowments, operational deficits, financial emergencies, or debt retirement.
- Animal welfare, sports recreation, or short-term events; and requests for planning and research are generally not competitive.
The applicant is welcome to submit an application at any time; the Foundation doesn’t have set due dates or deadlines. The trustees review proposals six times each year, in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Generally, an agenda fills up 12-16 weeks in advance. If the applicant has a time-sensitive request, the Foundation generally recommends applying by the following dates, but a docket may fill sooner than indicated below:
Letter of Inquiry due: April 20, 2018
Applicants will receive final funding decision by Mid-August 2018
Letter of Inquiry due: June 22, 2018
Applicants will receive final funding decision by Mid-October 2018
Letter of Inquiry due: August 17, 2018
Applicants will receive final funding decision by Early December 2018
Letter of Inquiry due: October 19, 2018
Applicants will receive final funding decision by Mid-February 2019
The Foundation is no longer accepting hard copy proposals.
The Foundation expects to respond to LOIs 2-4 weeks after the LOI due date above and those organizations invited to continue past the LOI stage will generally have 3-6 weeks to complete a full proposal. Once a request has been funded or declined, the applicant is notified promptly. Rarely is a grant decision deferred. When this occurs, however, the applicant is provided with an explanation and further instructions.
If the applicant is applying with a fiscal sponsor, the applicant should contact Colin Jones, the grants manager, before getting too far along in the process.
About the Foundation:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit Questions to:
Sara Yada, Program Officer
Cindy Knowles, Director of Programs
Colin Jones, Grants Manager