Foundation / Corporation
The Collins Foundation
Grants to Oregon nonprofits, agencies, and tribal organizations for programs that improve the quality of life and well-being of local communities, both urban and rural. Funding is intended to promote access to culturally responsible and high-quality services in education, health, housing, social services, and employment.
The Foundation also envisions vibrant neighborhoods and communities where residents enjoy access to healthy food, a rich variety of artistic and cultural expression, and the benefits of Oregon’s natural environment.
The Foundation welcomes the multiple perspectives that diversity brings and believes that difference enriches all. The Foundation also values equity, which is understood to mean fair and inclusive access to resources and opportunity for all of Oregon’s people and communities to achieve their full potential. The Foundation is committed to incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the organizational policies and grantmaking practices.
Types of grants awarded:
Challenge or Matching Grants: A challenge match can be used to inspire new and increased donor contributions for a specific project or priority, or to help an organization expand its donor base to increase its sustainability. If applying for a challenge grant, you should identify the amount of the challenge match, a start and end date for the challenge period, and the target donors. In most cases, the Foundation provides a 1:1 match after the entire challenge amount has been raised. For project and operating support challenge match grants, the Foundation strongly prefer to match donations from new donors and current donors increasing their contributions.
Operational support is funded under certain circumstances. The Foundation is most inclined to provide general operating support to organizations that are starting a new initiative or new area of work, implementing a multi-year strategic plan, experiencing shifts in major funding sources, or are in a period of growth or leadership transition. The focus is on providing stability and support and alleviating some annual fundraising pressure during transitional or growth periods.
Capital Projects are funded. However, the funding source prefers to participate with other funders and look for strong community support of a project. Proposals are most successful when submitted after 35-50 percent of funds are already committed.
In considering applications for substantial projects, the Foundation prefers to participate with other donors, and encourages the applicant to seek support from other sources to share in the total project.
GrantWatch ID#: 167760
For reference purposes, in 2015 the average grant was about $35,000, but award sizes ranged from $5,000 for a one-time project at a small organization to $750,000 for a large, three-year capital campaign.
Multi-year grants are made if the proposal provides a strong rationale for a multi-year award, and, if appropriate, a clear plan to support the project after the grant period ends. Two- or three-year grants are most often awarded for (1) well-defined projects that need an extended amount of time to become established and sustainable; and (2) large-scale capital projects. Multi-year awards are generally paid in declining amounts each year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application timelines or registering with the Foundation’s grant portal:
Eligibility, including fiscal sponsorship requirements and allowable advocacy activities:
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