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Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF)

Grants to Oregon and Washington Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools, and Agencies
in the Portland Metro Area for Sports and Community Benefit Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) - Nike Community Impact Fund

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Oregon and Washington nonprofits, tribes, schools, and public entities for sports and physical activity programs as well as community benefit programs in the Metropolitan Portland region. Priority funding is intended for inclusive programs that serve underrepresented populations.

Grant applications are accepted from nonprofits and schools in the Portland metro area, specifically Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, Columbia and Clark Counties.

Nike works to get kids active early and for life, because active kids are happier, healthier and more successful. Together with its employees, partners, consumers and athletes, Nike supports important causes that strengthen communities everywhere.

Funding Priorities:

- 80 percent of grant awards support projects that promote sport or physical activity in the community (about 40 grants per year).
- 20 percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative or proven community-based solutions (about 10 grants per year).

Grants are awarded for operating support, but applicants must demonstrate a compelling need for support and detail how funds will be raised the next year.

Competitive grant proposals demonstrate the following:

- Emphasis is placed on inclusive programs that serve underrepresented populations
- Employs a creative approach to, or a proven method for, addressing local needs
- Reflects careful planning, clear goals, and a plan for sustainability
- Project budget is reasonable
- Need is clear, well established
- Resources have come from a variety of sources and may include dollars, in-kind donations or partnerships
- Amount requested in proportionate to the likely impact on the community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179264

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

50 (About 40 sport or physical activity grants and about 10 community benefit grants)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from organizations that are a 501(c)(3) public charity; an IRC 7871 Federally-Recognized Indian Tribe; or a government entity (such as a school).

Organizations can apply using a fiscal sponsor. If you are expecting to be granted nonprofit status soon and do not have a fiscal sponsor, you are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must be located in:

- Oregon: the Portland metro area, specifically Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia Counties
- Washington: Clark County

Not Eligible for Funding:

- Organizations (including discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity/race, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or other disability, or national origin.
- Individuals (including scholarships, stipends, fellowships, and personal assistance).
- Group or individual travel.
- Research or project planning activities.
- Support for elite or private sports camps, programs, or teams.
- Publications or audio-visual projects.
- Endowments, memorials, budget deficits, or fundraising activities.
- Religious organizations whose programs do not have a secular and community focus.
- Lobbying, political, or fraternal activities.
- Capital projects unless Nike’s award would be the final funding needed.
- Projects and events that occur prior to a Nike grant award.
- One-day events, unless the focus of project is on program(s) leading up to a culminating event.

If you receive an NCIF award, you may not seek NCIF funding for the same project for three years. Example: if you received an NCIF award spring of 2017, you may not seek funding for the same project until spring of 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Deadlines:

- Cycle 1
April 16: Application Opens
June 1: Application Closes at 11:59 PM
September 30: Grant Decision and Payment

- Cycle 2
October 15: Application Opens
December 1: Application Closes at 11:59 PM
March 30: Grant Decision and Payment

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Portland metro area: Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia Counties;   Washington: Clark County