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Responsive Grant Programs

Our applications are currently closed while our Board is in their strategic planning process. The grant portal will re-open in January with updated applications and funding priorities.


The Reser Family Foundation has two responsive grant deadlines each year, February 1st and August 1st. These deadlines are for the Fast Track and Mid-Size programs. If you’ve reviewed our four Cornerstone giving areas and believe your organization might be a good fit for one of them, here’s what you need to know to get started:

The Fast-Track Grant Program is for requests $12,499 and under. Our one-step application process is designed to provide eligible organizations with streamlined access and support to organizations with operating budgets under $500,000. (Larger organizations are welcome to apply if they prefer this opportunity.)

The Mid-Size Grant Program serves requests from $12,500 to $50,000. It’s a two-stage grant process that begins with eligible organizations (whose operating budgets are $500,000 and over, or Capital Campaigns) submitting a letter of intent (LOI) form online. After a review, selected organizations are invited to provide a full grant proposal, and Foundation representatives may schedule a site visit.

Our grant portal includes a detailed eligibility quiz highlighting current priorities and exclusions. This quiz is the first step before accessing an application.

Responsive Grant Cycles

The Reser Family Foundation has two responsive grant cycles each year for the Fast-Track Grant Program and the Mid-Size Grant Program.

Grant requests are due by February 1st and checks are distributed by June.

Grant requests are due by August 1st and checks are distributed by December.

We will consider only one grant request from the same organization in a twelve-month period. You need only be an excellent fit for one of our Cornerstones to re-apply.  If funding has been approved multiple years in a row, we may ask that you wait to apply until the future.

The Fast-Track Grant Program Calendar

Application & Letter(s) of Support due
Applications are due by 11:50 p.m.
Feb 1
Aug 1
Foundation staff perform due diligence on applicants.
Site Visits
Foundation staff may conduct site visits at their discretion.
Not Required
Not Required
Grantee Selection, Agreements and Checks
Trustees determine which organizations receive a grant.

The Mid-Size Grant Program Calendar

LOI form & Letter(s) of Support due
Letters of intent are due by 11:50 p.m.
Feb 1
Aug 1
Invitations for proposals
Trustees determine which
organizations are invited to submit a full grant proposal.
Full grant proposal due
The due date is provided for full grant proposals when invitations are sent.
Foundation staff perform due diligence on applicants.
Site visits
Foundation staff conduct onsite visits with applicants.
Grantee selection
Trustees determine which
organizations receive a grant
Acceptance letters and agreements
Grant acceptance letter and agreement are sent to grantees.
Grant checks
Grant checks are distributed by the Foundation.

Assessment Criteria

While our funding priorities have a broad base, they all share a single purpose — to improve and strengthen communities throughout Oregon. In considering grant applications, we look for:

  • Projects or programs specifically related to one of our Funding Priorities; programs consistent with The Reser Family Foundation identified areas of giving
  • Significant projects that hold promise to accomplish a measurable impact in the area and for the purpose for which the applicant requests support and possess the ability to achieve uncommon results
  • Capital fundraising campaigns that are more than 70% funded


  • Projects and programs must focus their mission and activities in Oregon.
  • Grants will not be provided to defray deficits, for debt or mortgage retirement, for political campaigns, for lobbyist groups, for single events, for projects involving litigation.
  • Recipients must have a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified nonprofit organization, or municipality, and be currently registered and in good standing with the appropriate State and Federal Agencies.

During the ongoing pandemic, the following eligibility criteria must be met:

    • Eligible organizations need to be established 501(c)(3) organizations for more than 5 years.
    • The organization, operations, services and staff should be based in Oregon.
    • Before applying, other funding partners must be committed.
    • A letter of support from a partner or collaborator is required to complete the application before submission.
    • Please apply only once per 12-month period. Grants are expected to be spent within 1 year of disbursement to support ongoing programming or operations (not one-time events). All reporting on any previous funding must be submitted prior to any new requests.
    • Our detailed eligibility quiz will walk you through the current priorities and exclusions.

Grant Renewal

Current grantees must reapply each year and follow the same process as new applicants. The Foundation will consider only one grant request from the same organization in a twelve-month period.

Grant Notification & Reporting

We notify applicants of the Foundation’s decision via email and our grant portal. Those awarded grants also receive a grant agreement with the notification. The Grant Agreement is to be completed on our Grant Portal. Grants must be paid to a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit or to an eligible public entity, such as a town, public school or state agency. Grantee organizations are responsible for reporting on the use of the funds using the follow-up Grant Report, available on our Grant Portal. The Grant Report is typically due on the grant award anniversary date.

Where to Apply

When you’re ready to apply, access The Reser Family Foundation Grant Portal, which collects information to help you determine your current eligibility, and is where you will complete the application process.

If you have questions or issues while using the Portal, please email Lacey Sortman at

How the portal works

Each grant applicant creates an account in the Grant Portal. Once logged in, you can submit your Eligibility Quiz to access the list of available grants and start a new grant application. An application can be saved as a draft — when you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits and submit the application when ready. Each account maintains a record of your application history, accessible at any time using the Organization History feature.

Once an application is started, you can also invite coworkers or necessary contacts to help complete the application. This feature is accessed using the Collaborate button at the top of the application form.

Once a grant is awarded, the Grant Portal allows grantees an easy way to quickly submit the electronic grant agreement form, as well as view their grant status, check report due dates and submit grant reports directly from their account.

To view tutorials on how to use our grant portal, please use the links below:

Creating your online account

All grant applicants are required to create an account — and we suggest doing this at least a few weeks in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last-minute issues. Organizations, including past grantees, will want to submit the current Eligibility Quiz before working on a grant request to us. When you register, you are required to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s information, including the required EIN/Tax ID number (Important note: Grants must be paid to a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, qualified charity, or to a municipality or public entity, such as a town, public school or state agency.)
  • Contact information for your organization’s executive officer

Once you create your account, you’ll see your account dashboard on screen every time you log in. From the dashboard, you can:

  • Edit your contact information;
  • Begin the application process;
  • Access application drafts and submitted applications; and
  • View details and complete the report process for grant awards

Please note that a user account can only be connected to one organization at a time. Access the “Organization History” section to view all registered users for your organization and confirm correct contacts. Please email Lacey Sortman with your current information at if your organization needs further edits.

How to Reach Us

When you’re ready to apply, access The Reser Family Foundation Grant Portal, and complete the Eligibility Quiz which determines your current eligibility. If you have trouble logging in or need assistance, please email our Grant & Program Coordinator Lacey Sortman.  We highly recommend you log in and take the eligibility quiz before reaching out to our staff.

Due to a high volume of grant requests, we are unable to meet with everyone in advance. Please log in and take the Eligibility Quiz if you have concerns or questions about your request fitting into our current funding priorities. If you have further questions after taking the quiz, we are happy to provide a candid response via email with as much clarity as we have before you put resources into completing our application process. We value your staff time immensely.  Foundation contact information is listed here.

Please note that unless initiated by the Foundation Director, personal communication with individual Foundation Trustees by representatives of any applicant organization is not encouraged.

The Reser Family Foundation adopted a stated policy of nondiscrimination in regard to all persons, irrespective of their race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, gender expression, age, citizenship status, physical or mental ability, marital status, ancestry, disability, military obligations, or veteran’s status, or any other status protected by law, and compliance with all requirements of law and regulations.

“The Reser Family Foundation’s support has been life changing for Park Academy students. Their ongoing commitment to education for students struggling with dyslexia creates a more equitable and inclusive community. We are grateful!”

Elizabeth Dove, Development Director, Park Academy

“The Reser Family Foundation is ‘family’ to us. Their investment in our mission and vision has been incredible; helping us go further than we could have imagined.”

Donell Morgan, Executive Director, Elevate Oregon