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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Locations to Address Homelessness

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

Deadline Date:

11/25/20 3:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for building acquisitions that benefit the homeless. Funding is intended to purchase hotels or motels for use as shelters for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of wildfires. Fire-impacted areas include Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, and Marion counties and tribal communities impacted by wildfire. The goal is to provide up to 500 units of non-congregate shelter for the winter 2020-2021 season and beyond.

The following are priority populations for this project: unsheltered and high-needs populations, including veterans, people with disabilities, families, communities of color, people with serious mental illness, people experiencing chronic homelessness, people vulnerable to COVID or diagnosed with COVID who need to quarantine or isolate. Additionally, survivors of the 2020 wildfires will be prioritized for support through the project. 

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds

  • With pre-approval by OCF on a transaction-by-transaction basis: pre-acquisition costs related to the due diligence of properties and real-estate related transactions.
  • Acquisition costs and/or funds for minor retrofitting, rehab, or renovation of properties to make property operational as non-congregate shelter. Funds for retrofitting, rehab, or renovation will be primarily for safety and accessibility purposes. (Note: If a non-congregate property is already owned by an eligible entity, funds could support the renovation or retrofit of the property.)
  • Operational costs for acquired property (if the applicant has applied for and received approval) such as utilities, laundry equipment, grounds maintenance, staffing, food.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193330

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 9-12 properties are expected to be acquired by local communities through this project.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5 million of the Fund may be spent on operational costs for acquired properties.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include local government entities such as cities, counties, housing authorities, or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Co-applicants comprised of two entities are allowed. In cases of co-applicants (one as owner/one as operator), the intended owner of the proposed property should serve as the primary applicant on the RFA.

Fire-impacted counties including Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, and Marion counties and tribal communities impacted by wildfire.

In order to qualify for a grant an organization must:
- Be physically located in and serve populations in Oregon;
- Intend to acquire a property located in the Eligible Regions defined above;
- Have been in operation since at least October of 2019;
- Have registered government or not-for-profit status (501c3) or have a fiscal agent: a. Demonstrate ability and experience in working and providing housing-related services to underserved populations including people from communities of color;
- Agree to utilize the State’s funding for non-congregate shelter; and
- Complete the Application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will close on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 3 pm or when 100 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.

The application process will be phased. Phase 1 will evaluate base requirements. If an application meets base requirements, the applicant will receive notification to enter into Phase 2, including due diligence. If an application meets Phase 2 requirements, the applicant will receive notification of grant award recommendation for the acquisition of the identified property, pending approval of the OCF Board.

Applicants must be a registered user to access OCF’s Grants Portal. If you don’t have an account, you can create one by following the instructions on the MyOCF login screen.

Contact Information:

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

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Questions about eligibility or qualification for the grant program can be directed to Megan Loeb, Associate Program Officer at

Questions about technical help with the application process can be directed to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, and Marion counties

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