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JW and HM Goodman Family Foundation Grant

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

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JW and HM Goodman Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/09/19 Receipt by End of Day - For Arts and Culture and Education programs only.


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Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 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 and Culture, Education, Environment, and Health and Human Services) yearly. Applicants are advised to visit the Foundation's website regularly.

Program Areas for the Fall Grant Cycle 2018:


All requests should include an eco-systems management approach. The Foundation intends to award 5-6 two-year grants at $10,000 each ($5,000 per year) for the restoration of scenic areas in sensitive environmental zones that were recently damaged due to wildfires. The Foundation is specifically interested in providing grants in the Columbia River Gorge as related to the Eagle Creek fire and in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties.

Health and Human Services:

The Foundation supports direct services and programs that serve the elderly population to improve their ability to live independently, safely, and comfortably in their own home and community. Organizations that work directly with the elderly population will be given priority consideration.

Example programs include: meals or grocery shopping assistance, food as medicine education and programs, transportation to appointments, home modifications, assistive technologies, housing assistance, etc.

Program Areas for the Spring Grant Cycle 2019:

Arts and Culture: The foundation intends to award $10,000 grants to performing arts organizations in support of the following activities:

1) Outreach programs that distribute free tickets to music and theater performances for K-12 grade age children and young adults with the purpose of expanding the diversity of the audience, increasing the younger generation's appreciation for the arts, and providing an experience to children and young adults who may not have had the opportunity to attend performances in the past.

2) Classical music lessons (instrument only) for disadvantaged youth in K-12 grades. Examples include: free or reduced-cost music lessons, musical instrument loaner programs, and/or scholarships to participate in orchestras or symphonies.​

Education: The Foundation wishes to encourage paid internships, providing an above minimum wage stipend, at nonprofits for college undergraduate and/or graduate students (grants distributed in 2019 may be utilized for 2020 internships as needed). The internship experience should include enrichment opportunities which may include skill building, visibility into how a nonprofit functions, peer networking, professional seminars, capstone project/report, etc. Average size grants in this area of focus are $5,000-$7,000 per internship. You are welcome to request funding for more than one internship in an application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176670

Number of Grants:

In the Environment Program area, the Foundation intends to award 5-6 two-year grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The typical grant size is $5,000 - $10,000.

- Arts and Culture: The Foundation intends to award $10,000 grants.
- Education: Average size grants in this area of focus are $5,000-$7,000 per internship.
- Environment: The Foundation intends to award grants in the range of $10,000 each ($5,000 per year for two years).

Term of Contract:

Environmental grants may be two years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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: Grant recipients who received grant awards this focus area each year for the last 3 consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018) are not eligible for a grant in 2019. You will be eligible to reapply in 2020.​​

Environment: The Foundation will not fund work associated with the restoration of private lands, residential, nor commercial properties.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Fall Grant Cycle 2018, for Environment and Health and Human Services - (grants made in October/November timeframe) - the Foundation is no longer accepting new LOIs.

Spring grant cycle 2019 (grants made in May/Jun timeframe) - LOIs must be received by end of day Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

LOIs for the Spring Grant Cycle 2019 will be accepted in the following areas only:
-Arts and Culture

How to Submit an LOI:

How to Submit a Grant Proposal:

Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI here:

If invited, submit full proposals here:

Michele A. Goodman, Executive Director

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

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Geographic Focus:

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