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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Programs and Services to Benefit Low-Income Residents in Eligible Locations

Reed and Carolee Walker Fund Grant Program


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Funding Source
The Oregon Community Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon: Jackson County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes serving eligible locations for programs and services that benefit low-income residents, with an emphasis on children. Funding is intended for new and existing programs, as well as for capacity building support and general operations. Funds may be used for food, shelter, mental and dental health services, and other purposes that address community needs. Funds must benefit Jackson County.

The Reed and Carolee Walker Fund awards grants to support programs for people living on low incomes, especially children, in Jackson County.

Priorities - After assessing community needs and the donors’ intent, OCF established the following funding priorities for the Walker Fund:

  1. Mental health services for children
  2. Food, shelter, and other emergency assistance for children and families
  3. Substance use treatment for pregnant people and/or children and families
  4. Programming for children
  5. Food, shelter, and other emergency assistance for individuals
  6. Dental health services for children
  7. Otherwise address the focus of the Walker Fund

Guiding Principles:

  • The Walker Fund believes that creative and sustainable solutions come from people who work in partnership to address common needs and aspirations.
  • The Fund gives high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
  • The Fund recognizes and respects Oregon's diverse regions and populations, and seeks to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs.

The OCF Walker Fund offers grants for:

  • General operating support
  • Program support for ongoing, new, or expanded programming
  • Capacity building and organizational enhancement


Additional Eligibility Criteria
501(c)(3) organizations, Tribal entities and government entities are eligible to apply. Additionally, other types of organizations may work with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Applicants must submit formal paperwork confirming the fiscal sponsor relationship.

Organizations with an active OCF grant are eligible to apply. This includes active OCF Walker Fund grants and active Community Grants.

IMPORTANT: Organizations, except for religious organizations, must be registered with the Oregon Department of Justice in order to be eligible to apply for grants from OCF.

Ineligible grant types include:
- Capital purchases (construction, furniture, equipment, technology, etc)
- Annual fund appeals
- Endowment contributions
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Lobby to influence legislation
- Religious activities

Pre-Application Information
OCF offers one grant cycle for the OCF Walker Fund each year. Applications are open January 3, 2024 through February 12, 2024 at 3 pm annually.

All applicants will receive notification of their funding status by mid-May 2024

Applicants are encouraged to re-apply for funding as needed; there is no mandatory sit-out period.

Generally, one application per organization per year is accepted. Large organizations with distinctly different program areas may submit more than one application. However, OCF encourages multiple requests to be combined into a single application when possible. (If you have questions about multiple applications, please contact Amy Drake at the Foundation.)

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract
Starting in 2023, the OCF Walker Fund began offering multi-year grants. Grants can range from one to three years.

Contact Information
Apply online (from January 3, 2024):

For questions, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Amy Drake, Program Officer
(541) 245-8796

For questions about the online application system, please contact

Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 227-6846

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