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Responsive Grant Programs
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.
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 significant projects that hold promise to accomplish a measurable impact in the area of Education, Health, Arts, and Environment. We provide funding to applicants that possess the ability to achieve uncommon results.
If you’ve reviewed our Funding Priorities 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. The Fast Track 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. The Mid Size grant process is open to eligible organizations whose operating budgets are $500,000+ and requires a site visit. Applications are reviewed then selected organizations are advanced. Selected organizations will have a site visit with Foundation representatives (in person onsite or via video call – at the organization’s discretion).
Our grant portal includes a detailed eligibility quiz highlighting current priorities and exclusions. This quiz will help direct eligible organizations to an application. Completing the eligibility quiz is the first step for anyone with questions about applying.
General Eligibility to Apply
- Eligible organizations need to be established 501(c)(3) organizations for more than 3 years.
- The organization, operations, services and staff should be based in Oregon, conducting Oregon activities.
- Public schools, Oregon municipalities, and Tribal entities are also eligible to apply.
- Programming needs to be established & ongoing, with an implemented measurement tool or process.
- Before applying, other funding partners must be committed and listed on the application.
- A letter of support(s) from a partner or collaborator is required on the application. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) or contract can also be uploaded in lieu of a letter of support.
- Applications are accepted once per 12-month period, on February 1st and August 1st each year in our grant portal.
- Grant funding is expected to be spent within one year of disbursement to support ongoing programming.
- Organizations affiliated with active litigation are not eligible for funding.
- New programs, pilot programs, or research projects are not eligible for funding.
- One-time events or short annual events are not eligible for funding.
- Other specific exclusions are listed under our Education, Health, Arts, and Environment funding priorities.
Examples of what we look for in our applications:
- Requests with broad public benefit.
- Requests for community work in small populations where impact is long-term or generational.
- Established programs with measured results and ongoing tracking.
- Requests that fit with multiple funding priorities.
- Requests that have long term, generational impact.
- Ongoing programs supported both by community and proven viable with established funding streams & partners.
- Requested amounts that are consistent with other funding already received from other supporters or foundations.
- Capital fundraising campaigns that are more than 70% funded.
The first step for any interested applicant is our Eligibility Quiz.
Please complete the quiz before reaching out with eligibility questions.
Our grant portal includes a detailed quiz highlighting current priorities and exclusions. When a grant cycle opens online, this quiz is required 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. 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
The Mid Size Grant Program Calendar
organizations receive a grant.
Current grantees can re-apply 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. Final reports must be submitted before re-applying. If funding has been approved multiple years in a row, we may ask that you wait to apply until the future.
Grant Notification & Reporting
We notify applicants of the Foundation’s decision via email and our grant portal. Those awarded grants receive instructions on how to access the grant agreement with the notification. The Grant Agreement is to be completed in 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.
Grant Report due dates are flexible so please email Lacey if you would like to change the due 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.
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 available grant program(s) and start a new grant request. An application can be saved as a draft and continued later. When you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, saved on your Dashboard, to 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.
To view tutorials on how to use our grant portal, please use the links below:
- Written Tutorial
- Apply for a Grant – Applicant Overview Video
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, a confirmation email is sent to you. Please check your spam folder.
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 with your current information if your organization needs further edits. Foundation staff will add any new staff to your Organization for you when there are staff changes.
How to Reach Us
When you’re ready to apply, access The Reser Family Foundation grant portal, and complete the Eligibility Quiz which confirms your current eligibility. If you have trouble logging in or need assistance, please email our Grant & Program Coordinator Lacey Sortman. Please log in and take the eligibility quiz before reaching out to our staff with eligibility questions.
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 and have updated our Funding Priorities for 2022-2024 to help provide more clarity. Foundation contact information is listed here.
Please note that unless initiated by the Foundation Director, personal communication with individual Foundation Board Members 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