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Oregon Parks Foundation Fund (OPFF)

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies
for the Improvement of Outdoor Recreational Spaces

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the improvement of outdoor recreational spaces. Preference will be given to smaller, community-based organizations. Organizations with a demonstrated track record in planning and implementing park-related projects will also receive preference. This fund supports the acquisition, preservation and restoration of Oregon's native landscape, as well as environmental, recreational and educational improvements to public parks throughout Oregon.

The following types of expenses will be considered:

  • Land protection and acquisition
  • Habitat restoration
  • Enhancing 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 and undeveloped native land
  • Strong park-related educational component for youth and/or adults
  • Promotes connectivity (land acquisition and trail projects)
  • Strong community-based support (e.g., participation from other donors; volunteers; in-kind donations; collaboration with other agency partners, school districts, etc.)
  • Provides park opportunities and access for underserved communities (e.g., low-income, minority and rural 
  • populations)
  • A grant from OPF will clearly make a difference (e.g., close the funding gap or leverage other sources of support)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179269

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants disbursed by the OPF Fund 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 nonprofits and public agencies within the state of Oregon, with a preference for smaller community-based organizations. Organizations with a demonstrated track record in planning and implementing park-related projects will also receive preference.

The OPF Fund does not make grants for the following types of activities or expenses:
- Projects based outside Oregon.
- Requests for operating support—including ongoing administrative and program expenses—unless a compelling case can be made that OPF support will strengthen or stabilize the organization and/or programs in a clear way.
- Large capital projects where a $1,000 to $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:

The application window opens annually on January 1. Applications are due by February 21.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For more information, please contact Michael Achterman, program officer:
(503) 227-6846

For other questions, contact:

Portland Office
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100
Portland OR 97205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon

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