Welcome! 

If we are accepting applications, the opportunities will be listed below. 

IMPORTANT

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit applications to MRG. Here is a quick guide on how to get started: https://submittable.help/submitters/making-new-submissions/how-do-i-submit
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date. Your application is not considered submitted until you hit the Submit button, however. 
  • We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure the email address you used to sign up for your Submittable Account is one that you check regularly. 
  • Please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at support@submittable.com

General Fund Grant Opportunity | Spring 2020

INTRODUCTION
MRG Foundation's mission is to inspire people to work together for justice and mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world. 
We fund Oregon-based, grassroots organizations that believe, like we do, that those most impacted by injustice are the ones best equipped to come up with solutions to the problems that affect them. 
Starting in 2020, we are accepting applications from organizations of all sizes; however, we will continue to prioritize funding for smaller and emergent organizations.
ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for funding, organizations must:  
  • Be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home; and
  • Preferably, have 501(c)(3) tax exemption or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. If a group has neither federal tax exemption nor a fiscal sponsor, its work must be considered “charitable” or meet tax-exempt criteria per the IRS; and

If you are a current grantee, your previous grant must be spent down completely and the final report must be completed before the new grant begins. 

Please review the full eligibility requirements here

ALIGNMENT
A successful grant applicant will demonstrate that they:
  • utilize community organizing, leadership development, advocacy and/or other strategies that build people's collective power to effect long-lasting, systemic change; and
  • have a strong understanding of, and intentional practice against, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other oppressions; and
  • are intersectional in their approach; and 
  • address the root causes of injustice, not just its effects; and
  • are led by the people most impacted; and
  • understand their individual role within, and are actively fighting against systems of oppression, violence and injustice.
GRANT TYPES & AMOUNTS

Our General Fund grants can be used for operating or project support, depending on a few criteria. All of our grants are for one year. 

  • Operating Support: Operating support grants are reserved for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups whose budgets don't exceed $500,000. The maximum request allowed is $15,000.
  • Project Support:  Project support grants are available to exempt groups, non-exempt groups, and fiscally sponsored groups, regardless of budget size. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fiscally sponsored and 501(c)(3) groups and $7,000 for groups that have neither federal tax-exempt status nor a fiscal sponsor.    

Please note that while project grants are open to large-budget organizations, funding priority will be given to smaller, grassroots groups that are led by the communities most impacted.  

MRG strives to fund grants as requested; however, our limited budget and the large number of applications received sometimes mean we must fund at slightly lower amounts.   

PROCESS & TIMELINE

All of our grant applications are now accepted through our Submittable platform. To use the platform, groups will need to create an account, which is a fairly simple process. 

From their account, they can submit applications, track their progress, send us additional documents, communicate with us, and submit reports, if we ever required any. 

After groups submit their applications, our volunteer Grantmakers will select up to 20 groups that will be asked to provide additional information and receive site visits. The timeline in this cycle looks like this: 

  • Monday, March 16 - Applications open
  • UPDATED: Friday, April 24 - Deadline to apply
  • Late May - Applicants who make it to the next round (AKA finalists) will receive a phone call and should be ready to schedule a site visit. Applicants who don't make to the next round will receive a decline email
  • Late May/Early June - Finalists receive a site visit (in person, over the phone or via video chat) from grantmakers
  • UPDATE: Saturday, June 20 - Presentation Day in Eugene is cancelled. Various—though not all—finalists participate in Presentation Day. Please plan on having one or two representatives there in case you are invited to attend. 
  • End of June - Final notifications, grant agreements sent, and checks mailed 

Once groups receive an award, they have one year to spend the funds. At the end of that year, they will be required to meet (in person or over the phone) with our Grants Program Director to give us their final report. That’s right—no more written reports! 

PRINTED APPLICATIONS

We strongly encourage you to submit your application online. If you must, you can fill out a "paper" application (available here for download) and once completed, send it electronically to grants@mrgf.org or via regular mail to:   

MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212

Applications must be received by the deadline. 

BEFORE YOU START…

Please read the following information carefully: 

QUESTIONS?

Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, we ask that you do the following before contacting us.

If you still have questions, please send an email to grants@mrgf.org and we'll get back to you within 48 hours. 

If you experience technical difficulties with this site, please contact support@submittable.org

MRG Rapid Response Grant Opportunity

INTRODUCTION

MRG Foundation's mission is to inspire people to work together for justice and mobilize resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world. 

We fund primarily grassroots, Oregon-based organizations that believe, like we do, that those most impacted by injustice are the ones best equipped to come up with solutions to the problems that affect them. 
A successful Rapid Response grant applicant will demonstrate that they:
  • utilize community organizing, leadership development, collective action and/or other strategies that build the power of everyday people to effect long-lasting, systemic change; and
  • have a strong understanding of, and intentional practice against, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other oppressions; and
  • are intersectional in their approach; and 
  • address the root causes of injustice, not just its effects; and
  • are led by the people most impacted; and
  • understand their individual role within, and are actively fighting against systems of oppression, violence and injustice.

Our Rapid Response grants program is designed to provide grassroots organizations and community organizing projects, with rapidly deployed small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities. 

Proposals for Rapid Response grants must clearly articulate the urgency for funds or immediate need of the organization. If the request is not urgent, we encourage groups to apply for our General Fund grants.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for Rapid Response grants, groups must:  

  • have an annual budget of less than $500,000; and
  • be based in Oregon and/or their work must benefit those who call Oregon home; and
  • preferably, have 501(c)(3) tax exemption or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. If a group has neither federal tax exemption nor a fiscal sponsor, its work must be considered “charitable” or meet tax-exempt criteria per the IRS; and
  • not have received another Rapid Response grant in the same fiscal year (MRG's fiscal year is from July to June)

Please read the full eligibility requirements here.  

GRANT TYPES & AMOUNTS

  • Critical Response grants: Maximum of $2,000 for immediate and critical needs. For example, community gatherings/meetings in response to local or national events or emergencies; unexpected challenges within the organization, such as an executive transition; or unique and timely opportunities, such as participating in a conference or urgent direct action.  
  • Travel grants: Maximum of $1,000 for grassroots organizations based in rural Oregon that are faced with unexpected travel expenses. Examples of the activities we would consider funding include travel to conferences, meetings or events that are unexpected but that present a unique opportunity for the organization to network, learn and grow. 

PROCESS & TIMELINE

Organizations may apply for Rapid Response grant funding on a rolling basis provided that funds are available. MRG replenishes the Rapid Response grant funding each fiscal year on July 1. 

To the extent possible, we try to make Rapid Response grant funding available quickly, but we encourage groups, if at all possible, to plan ahead and apply for funds at least two weeks before they need the funds.

PRINTED APPLICATIONS

We strongly encourage you to submit your application online. If you must, you can fill out a "paper" application (available for download here). Once completed, you can send it electronically to grants@mrgf.org or via regular mail to:

MRG Foundation
P.O. Box 12489
Portland, OR 97212 

BEFORE YOU START...

Please go over the following information carefully:

QUESTIONS?

Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, we ask that you do the following before contacting us.

If you still have questions, please send an email to grants@mrgf.org and we'll get back to you within 48 hours. 

If you experience technical difficulties with this site, please contact support@submittable.org

LILLA JEWEL FUND FOR WOMXN ARTISTS

INTRODUCTION

The Lilla Jewel Fund for Womxn Artists—created in honor of Lilla Jewel, an artist, mother, and radical suffragist active during the turn of the 20th century—amplifies the work of womxn artists in Oregon who advance a social change message through their work. 

Created nearly 25 years ago, Lilla Jewel grants have funded poets, choreographers, singers, painters, photographers, and more. 

There are two $10,000 awards available at this time for individual artists only.

Please note that MRG Foundation cannot make grants to individuals, so this award will be considered taxable income.

GUIDELINES & ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for funding from the Lilla Jewel Fund, individual artists must live in Oregon, be at least 18 years old, and identify as womxn or femmes. This includes trans women, genderqueer women, and nonbinary people. 

The artist's overall work must: 

  • Address progressive social, racial, economic, disability, gender and/or environmental justice issues; and
  • Be timely and relevant to the struggles of social justice movements and communities most impacted by injustice.

If selected for an award, the artist must be willing to serve in the Lilla Jewel Award Committee the year following their selection. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

This opportunity is open to individuals (not organizations) and we'll be accepting applications from musicians, performers, filmmakers, dancers, writers, poets, photographers, print makers, sculptors, and multi-disciplinary and spoken-word artists, among many others. 

For our purposes, artists do not need to be considered "professionals" or work full time as artists in order to qualify. 

PROCESS & TIMELINE
Applications open on March 16 and close on April 17, 2020 before midnight.

If an artist is selected to receive an award, they will be notified by May 20. 

At that time, we will ask for:

  • A complete W9 Form;
  • A picture and short bio;
  • Confirmation that the artist, along with a guest, will join us at Justice Within Reach, MRG's annual fundraiser, on June 24 in Portland. (We will take care of any travel associated with attending.)

QUESTIONS?

Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, please watch the recording of the March 12 informational webinar

If you still have questions, please send an email to violeta@mrgf.org and we'll get back to you within 48 hours. 

If you experience technical difficulties with this site, please contact support@submittable.org

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