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MRG General Fund Grant

Grants to Oregon Organizations for
Activities that Promote Social Justice

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Deadline Date:

10/02/20 5: 00 PM


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Grants to Oregon organizations for activities that create impactful changes in society. Funding is intended to support general operations and projects. The grant assists organizations that seek long-term, systemic solutions, and use community-centered strategies and approaches that shift or build power and seek to dismantle oppression.

A successful grant applicant will demonstrate that they:

  • Utilize community organizing, leadership development, base building, advocacy and/or other strategies that build our communities’ collective power to effect long-lasting, systemic change;
  • Address the root causes of injustice in their work, not just the effect of injustice;
  • Have an intentional practice against racism, White supremacy, and all other forms of oppression, and can articulate their individual role within them while actively fighting against the harm they produce;
  • Are intersectional in their thinking, approaches, and solutions; and
  • Are led by the people most impacted.


  • Building or shifting power: Social change organizing addresses the root causes of critical social justice issues by bringing people together and building power to change political, social, and economic systems that perpetuate injustice. Social change organizing is a relative term and it takes different forms in different communities. No matter the community, however, social change organizing almost always involves some form of leadership development, base building, and collective action.
  • Dismantling Oppression: Institutionalized oppression - racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism - is the primary tool capitalism and patriarchy use to perpetuate injustice. While MRG recognizes the multidimensionality of oppression, MRG centers race and asks all applicants, regardless of issue area, to name ways in which the organizing work challenges institutional racism. MRG funds groups that are proactively confronting privilege and dismantling oppressive structures both within the organization as well as in the broader community. Again, the Foundation recognizes that this commitment looks different across different communities and issue areas, but funding is prioritized to groups led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color, womxn and nonbinary folks, low-income people, immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ folks and youth.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169131

Number of Grants:

MRG awards 15-20 General Fund grants each cycle (there are two cycles a year).

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Operating Support: The maximum request allowed is $15,000.
- Project Support: The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fiscally sponsored and 501(c)(3) groups and $7,000 for groups that have neither federal tax-exempt status nor a fiscal sponsor.

The average award tends to fall in the $10,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Once groups receive an award, there is one year to spend the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for funding, organizations must:
- Be based in Oregon and/or work must benefit those who call Oregon home; and
- 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, i.e. it must be for the benefit of the larger community, not individuals or businesses.

Current General Fund grantees must:
- Be current on grant reports by the time the new grant starts (so for example, if your current grant is scheduled to end in June, your final report must be completed before you start work under the new grant in July); and
- Not have received a General Fund grant in the previous grant cycle.

Please note that while project grants are open to large-budget organizations, funding priority will be given to smaller, grassroots groups that are led by the communities most impacted.

MRG does not fund:
- Individuals of businesses
- Animal welfare organizations
- Capital campaigns
- Cooperatives, health clinics, or schools
- Direct services
- Organizations that require clients of or participants in programs to be faith or religiously affiliated
- Personal hobby, mutual benefit, and for-profit groups
- Previously funded groups that have overdue grant reports
- Scholarships to or projects by individuals*
- Social service agencies without a clear social change organizing focus
- Unions or direct labor organizing
- Work that has already happened or will be completed before funding would begin
- Work defined by the IRS as being non-tax-exempt, including:
- Illegal activities
- Lobbying
- Partisan activity that supports or opposes specific political parties and/or candidates for public office
- Work that has already happened or will be completed before funding would begin

Pre-Application Information:

The timeline in this cycle looks like this:
- Monday, August 24, 2020: Applications open
- Friday, October 2: Deadline to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.
- Late October: Applicants notified whether they move to the next round or are declined.
- November: Finalists receive a site visit (likely via Zoom) from grantmakers.
- December 5: A few applicants may be selected to make a short presentation during Presentation Day. Please save this date on your calendar just in case.
- End December: Final notifications, grant agreements sent, and checks mailed

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Direct other questions to Violeta Rubiana, Grants Director, at

MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212

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