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Oregon Parks Foundation Fund (OPFF)

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies for
Public Park Preservation and Improvements

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 5:00 PM


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Grants generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies for park land acquisition and preservation. Funding is also intended for environmental, educational, and recreational improvements to Oregon's public parks. Preference is given to smaller, community-based organizations. Organizations with a demonstrated track record in planning and implementing park-related projects will also receive preference.

The following types of expenses will be considered:
- Land protection and acquisition
- Habitat restoration
- Enhancement of the outdoor experience, e.g., trail construction and interpretive signage
- Park-related ecological education programs

Competitive proposals should demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:
- Strong connection to parks and/or publicly-accessible, native undeveloped land
- Strong park-related educational component for youth and/or adults
- Promotes connectivity (land acquisition and trail projects)
- Strong community-based support (participation from other donors, volunteers, in-kind donations, and collaboration with other agency partners, school districts, etc.)
- Provides park opportunities and access for underserved communities (e.g., low-income, minority, rural populations)
- A grant from OPF will clearly make a difference (i.e. close the funding gap, leverage other sources of support)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179269

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. Larger grants may occasionally be considered for unique or special projects.

Term of Contract:

Grantees will be expected to report on the use of the funds nine months following the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The committee accepts applications from private, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies within the State of Oregon, with a preference for smaller, community-based organizations.

The OPF Fund does not make grants for the following types of activities/expenses:

- Projects based outside of Oregon
- Requests for operating support, including ongoing administrative and program expenses, unless a compelling case can be made that support from OPF will strengthen or stabilize the organization and/or programs in a clear way
- Large capital projects where a $1,000 - $5,000 grant would have a lesser impact
- One-time excursion activities
- Deficit financing and debt retirement
- Recreational facilities such as fencing, soccer fields, swimming pool construction, ball field lighting, sewer and water systems, landscaping or maintenance
- Projects likely to be long delayed

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM (Friday) February 15, 2019.

The applicant will be notified in writing when the application has been acted upon by the board of directors of The Oregon Community Foundation in April.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions, please contact Marcy Houle at 503.621.1018 or Michael Achterman at or 503.227.6846.

For troubleshooting and questions about the online application process, email, or call Michael Achterman.

Portland Office
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100
Portland OR 97205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon