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J.W. and H.M. Goodman Family Foundation Grant

Grants to California and Oregon Nonprofits for
Environment, Health, Human Services, Arts, and Education

GrantWatch ID#: 176670
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

J.W. and H.M. Goodman Family Foundation

06/01/17 Receipt by End of Day - Environment; Health and Human Services

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Grants to Bay Area, California and Greater Portland Area, Oregon nonprofit organizations for activities in the areas of environment, health and human services, arts and culture, and education. Funding may be requested for specific projects and general support.

The Board selects new grant focuses in each of the four categories (Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services) yearly. Applicants are advised to visit the Foundation's website regularly.

Program Areas for the Spring Grant Cycle 2017:

Arts & Culture:

The Foundation intends to provide grants to arts organizations for capacity building projects that improve the infrastructure of organizations with an emphasis on reaching more people. Capital campaigns and building expansion projects will also be considered.

Examples include: a) software and/or hardware technology to improve the infrastructure of the operations and to reach more people; b) building renovations and new building purchases for expansion projects.


The Foundation wishes to encourage internships at nonprofits for college undergraduate and/or graduate students (grants distributed in 2017 may be utilized for 2018 internships as needed). The Foundation encourages nonprofits to provide an above minimum wage stipend to interns.

Program Areas for the Fall Grant Cycle 2017:


All requests should include an eco-systems management approach.

The Foundation intends to support science-based work to improve the Oregon and San Francisco Bay marine systems through protection, planning, and/or restoration.

Examples include: a) studying and mitigating climate change and how it affects marine life, shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, and/or water pollution; b) protecting and restoring tidal wetlands; and/or c) estuary restoration.

Health & Human Services:

The Foundation supports programs or services that improve the elderly population's ability to live in their own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably.

Example programs or services might include: meals or grocery shopping assistance, rides to appointments, home modifications, assistive technologies, etc.

The Foundation intends to award 2-3 grants in the Environment program area.

The typical grant size is $5,000.

Arts and Culture: The Foundation intends to award $10,000 grants.

Education: Average size grants in this area of focus are $5,000 each.

Environment: The Foundation intends to award grants in the range of $10,000 each.

The Foundation makes grants to nonprofits doing work in California (Bay Area) and Oregon (Greater Portland area).

The Foundation does not make grants to religiously affiliated organizations nor to organizations that have a religious curriculum.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.

The Foundation is not currently accepting applications for international work.

Education and Health and Human Services: Please note that grant recipients who received grant awards in these focus areas each year for the last 3 consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016) are not eligible for a grant in 2017. You will be eligible to reapply in 2018.

The first step is to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before the appropriate deadline. The Board of Directors will review your Letter of Inquiry and will contact you, after the board meets, to let you know if it is appropriate to submit a grant proposal. If you are invited to submit a grant proposal, staff will give you a deadline of approximately one month to make that submission.

Spring Grant Cycle 2017 (grants made in May/June timeframe) - LOIs must be received by end of day Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

LOIs for the Spring Grant Cycle 2017 will be accepted in the following areas only:
-Arts & Culture

Fall Grant Cycle 2017 (grants made in October/November timeframe) - LOIs must be received by end of day Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

LOIs for the Fall Grant Cycle 2017 will be accepted in the following areas only:
-Health & Human Services

How to Submit an LOI:

How to Submit a Grant Proposal:

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

LOI Form:

Grant Proposal Form:

Michele A. Goodman, Executive Director

J.W. & H.M. Goodman Foundation
PO Box 5756
Portland, OR 97228-5756

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USA: California: Bay Area;   Oregon: Greater Portland Area

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