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Grants to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Nonprofits to Benefit Local Residents and Communities

Community Grant


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Funding Source
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: CaliforniaIdahoNevadaOregonWashington

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/03/23 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents and communities in the funding source's service area. Funding is intended for programs serving low-to-moderate income populations, and priority will be given to proposals benefitting under-resourced communities.

Umpqua Bank, through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, continues to believe in the power of partnership by leading with a Community Giving Strategy and Community Grants program that reflects a deep commitment to improving economic prosperity for under-resourced individuals, families, and small businesses. Umpqua is dedicated to building healthier, more resilient, better connected, and inclusive communities throughout the Foundation's footprint. Through grantmaking and the deployment of other charitable resources—both financial and human, Umpqua invests in nonprofit organizations, communities, and leaders with the intent of supporting direct-service programming that incorporates a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus. 

Priority Impact Areas:

  • Economically Empowered Individuals
    • College, Career, Technical Readiness
    • Housing Stability and Home Ownership
  • Vibrant Business Ecosystems
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Expansion
    • Small Business Support and Financial Guidance
  • Thriving Communities
    • Family Engagement and Resiliency
    • Vibrant and Equitable Neighborhoods
    • Technical and Digital Connectivity

For more information on impact areas, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will:
• Accept applications only from qualified, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
• Accept applications from nonprofits serving counties where Umpqua Bank maintains a physical presence (The list of eligible counties is provided within the grant application)
• Only fund programs that serve a majority low-to-moderate (LMI) population
• Prioritize nonprofit organizations that engage current Umpqua Bank associates in a volunteer capacity
• Prioritize programs benefitting under-resourced communities

Additional Geographic Information:


The Foundation is unlikely to:
• Grant to the same nonprofit organization more than three consecutive years, regardless of history or partnership
• Approve requests for more than 50% of the program budget
• Make grants directly or indirectly to government entities, including municipalities, school districts, and universities/colleges

The Foundation will not support Community Grant applications for:
• Individual schools
• Animal adoptions/care/training
• Sports/athletics/recreation
• Medical/dental/mental health
• Political advocacy/campaigns/lobbying
• Religious activities or organizations that include religion in programs
• Multi-year commitments
• Generating operating support
• Capital requests, including new or upgraded buildings
• Capital/fundraising campaigns
• Event sponsorships
• Scholarships
• Association membership fees
• Endowment funds or re-granting programs
• Debt retirement or deficit funding
• Activities providing Umpqua Bank or the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation with any tangible benefits in exchange for the grant

Pre-Application Information

- Application opens at 5:05 PM Pacific on: January 16
- Application closes at 5:00 PM Pacific on: Friday, March 3
- Decisions will be communicated via email by the end of: May



After the application deadline closes, the Corporate Responsibility Team begins a multi-stage review process of all received applications. If the team needs additional information during the review period, they will request a revision through the application portal or contact the applicant directly. The entire process— from application deadline, through review, to formal decisioning—will take up to 12 weeks.

Due to high demand and budgetary considerations, requests received in one grant cycle may be pushed to a later grant cycle.

Generally, nonprofit organizations may submit only one application per calendar year. An exception may be made in smaller communities where one organization serves as the fiscal sponsor for multiple programs. Please contact the Foundation if you believe your organization qualifies for this exception.

Number of Grants
Grants awarded: Around 175 annually

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant range $5,000 - $10,000

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Cover letters can be addressed to:
Board of Directors
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

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