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Grants to Northwest Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Counties for Projects Benefitting Local Communities

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Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF)

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Grants to Northwest Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible counties for projects benefitting local communities. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs and capital projects in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, environmental preservation, problem gaming, historic preservation, and public safety. Nonprofit organizations may apply from the following counties: Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill. Government agencies from Polk and Yamhill counties may apply.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits. Through competitive grant programs, the SMCF endeavors to strengthen and enrich communities, supporting a wide variety of organizations doing remarkable work within those communities.

SMCF supports a wide range of programs and projects. Program areas are broad and left intentionally undefined to allow applicants the greatest flexibility in seeking funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177339

Estimated Size of Grant:

Large grants have a $50,000 limit for program requests and a $100,000 limit for capital requests.

The SMCF will not fund more than 50% of the project budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, and be located in one of the following 11 counties in Northwest Oregon: Benton County, Clackamas County, Lane County, Lincoln County, Linn County, Marion County, Multnomah County, Polk County, Tillamook County, Washington County, and Yamhill County.

The SMCF is able to fund government agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties.

Education Category Grants: It is the policy of the Fund that Universities, Colleges, or Public School District Level Programs or their affiliates having an IRS 501(c) 3 designation, including individual schools owned or operated by a federally recognized Tribe located within the State of Oregon, are eligible to apply for grants from SMCF under the “education” category. However, restrictions apply. Please see the Eligibility Guidance Policies page listed in Pre-Application Information below.

Religious Affiliated Organizations: It is the policy of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund that all grants to religious groups/organizations are conditional. Religious groups/organizations receiving grants from SMCF acknowledge that the clients/recipients will not be required to adopt the doctrines or beliefs of their entity nor require their clients/recipients to be exposed to proprietary media nor participate in rites or ceremonies or any other religious activity as a prerequisite for receiving service or benefit. For further details, please see Eligibility Guidance Policies listed in Pre-Application Information below.

When addressing funding priorities, the SMCF remains mindful of their commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the nonprofit and government communities. Accordingly, the SMCF seeks to partner with and support those organizations that embrace the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership.

The SMCF will accept sponsorships. For assistance, contact the Spirit Mountain Casino Sponsorship Coordinator. (See Contact Information below.)

SMCF does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical circumstances, national origin or any other characteristic protected by law. Grant applicants must hold similar standards. Grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.


- Organizations that have not completed their previous SMCF grant
- Debt retirement
- Domestic animal programs (shelters)
- Economic development or community revitalization
- Events including fundraisers, conferences, concerts, and sponsorships
- Indirect or overhead costs, except those expenses that specifically and essentially relate to the grant project These costs should be a small percent of the total request
- Institutions that in policy or practice unfairly discriminate based on race, ethnic origin, sex, creed or religion
- Multi-year funding
- Pass-through funding to organizations that are not tax-exempt
- Projects or organizations that propagandize or influence elections
- Projects within sectarian or religious organizations that primarily serve their own members or adherents
- Replacement funding for activities or materials previously supported by federal, state or local public funds
- Sporting complexes, equipment, or other sports related projects

Pre-proposal Conference:

SMCF holds pre-application workshops throughout the year. Attendance is not required, but encouraged.

Workshop Date: 03/04/2021
Online via Zoom 10:00am - Noon
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Workshop Date: 04/01/2021
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Workshop Date: 05/06/2021
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Workshop Date: 06/03/2021
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Pre-Application Information:


LOI Deadline: 01/07/2021
Application Deadline: 03/01/2021
Notification: 04/19/2021
Check Presentation: 06/09/2021

LOI Deadline: 04/05/2021
Application Deadline: 05/27/2021
Notification: 07/19/2021
Check Presentation: 09/08/2021

LOI Deadline: 07/01/2021
Application Deadline: 08/23/2021
Notification: 10/18/2021
Check Presentation: 12/08/2021

Requests for Large Grants are accepted and funded quarterly. The application process includes 2 stages - submittal of an LOI (Letter of Inquiry) and, if the LOI is approved, submittal of the full application.

Both the LOI and the full application are submitted through an online system. (Only online submittals are accepted.)

The Letter of Inquiry, or LOI, is required for the first stage of the process. It will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees and you will either be invited to submit a full application, or be declined. The LOI process includes a short eligibility quiz, contact information, a brief description of your organization, your proposal and a budget overview. This process can take several weeks to complete. You will be notified within a few weeks of the deadline whether or not you are moving to the next stage. If your LOI is declined, you may reapply with the same project as soon as the next deadline.

Applicants may apply only for one grant at a time, and may not apply concurrently for both a small and large application.

The SMCF will only review or fund one project per organization at a time.

Be prepared for a site visit. You may be contacted by staff to schedule a site visit to learn more about your agency and proposal. A site visit is not indicative of funding.

About the SMCF:

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online at:

Jim Holmes, Grants Coordinator
tel: 503-879-1637

Spirit Mountain Community Fund
9615 Grand Ronde Road
Grand Ronde, OR 97347
Phone: (503) 879-1400
Fax: (503) 879-1402

For sponsorships, contact:

Jocelyn Huffman, Spirit Mountain Casino Sponsorship Coordinator
(503) 879-3054

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