Ready to apply
for a grant?

The Reser Family Foundation has two grant deadlines each year, February 1st and August 1st. 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:

Available Grant Programs

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. (Preview the application.)

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 submitting a letter of intent (LOI) online. After a review, selected organizations are invited to provide a full grant proposal, and Foundation representatives may schedule a site visit. (Preview the application.)

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Grant Cycles

The Reser Family Foundation has two grant cycles each year.

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

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

We will consider only one grant request from the same organization in a twelve-month period. You need only be a good 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 Mid-Size Grant Program Calendar

CYCLE 1
CYCLE 2
Letters of intent
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.
Apr
Sep
Full grant proposals
The due date is provided for full grant proposals when invitations are sent.
tbd
tbd
Due-diligence
Foundation staff perform due diligence on applicants.
May
Oct
Site visits
Foundation staff conduct onsite visits with applicants.
May/Jun
Oct/Nov
Grantee selection
Trustees determine which
organizations receive a grant
July
Dec
Acceptance letters and agreements
Grant acceptance letter and agreement are sent to grantees.
July
Dec
Grant checks
Grant checks are distributed by the Foundation.
July
Dec

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

Limitations

  • 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.

Grant Renewal

Current grantees must reapply each year and follow the same process as new applications. 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 each June and December. 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 a 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 due on the grant award anniversary date.

Where to Apply

To get a taste of the application process, preview our application questions here. When you’re ready to apply, access The Reser Family Foundation Grant Portal, which collects information and support materials to help streamline your application process.

If you have questions or issues while using the Portal, please contact Lacey Sortman at lacey@thereserfamilyfoundation.org or 503-526-5793.

How the portal works

Each grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grant Portal. Once logged in, you can 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.

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

Creating your online account

All grant applicants are required to create an account — and we suggest doing this well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last-minute issues. 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.

How to Reach Us

To get a taste of the application process, preview our application questions here. When you’re ready to apply, access The Reser Family Foundation Grant Portal, which collects information and support materials to help streamline your application process. If you have trouble logging in or need assistance, contact Grant & Program Coordinator Lacey Sortman, 503-526-5793.

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