The Gray Family Foundation Grant Program awards about 90 grants per year. The average grant amount is $13,000. We typically receive about 125 applications each year.


Grants Checklist

• Are you a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization?
• Does your project fall clearly into one of our grant categories?
• Is your project primarily benefiting Oregon communities?

Grant Applications include:

  • Organizational and project background
  • Program description
  • Narrative questions
  • Project timeline and other supporting documents as requested
  • Detailed project budget (including funding sources; optional template provided)

Application Procedures

  • Applications for grants must be submitted online, and should be as brief as appropriate to present the necessary information.
  • Foundation staff acknowledges each request received and informs eligible applicants of the date anticipated for consideration by the trustees.
  • The grant review process begins after receiving a completed application and usually takes three months.
  • A volunteer committee reviews all completed and eligible applications and makes recommendations to the Gray FF board.
  • Applications will be reviewed and scored based on their demonstration of excellence, project feasibility and fit, and consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • During the grant review, Gray FF staff, volunteers or board members may request an interview, site visit or written materials in order to gain more information about the proposal. Throughout this time, applicants are encouraged to notify the Foundation of any changes in the status of the project under review, including its funding.
  • Once a request has been funded or declined, the applicant is notified promptly.
  • The Gray Family Foundation endeavors to serve people throughout Oregon. Despite this commitment, the Foundation is unable to support every request received. Denial of a grant should not necessarily be considered a reflection on the quality of a project or the worthiness of its sponsor.

Grant Reporting

Every organization receiving a grant from The Gray Family Foundation has a responsibility to report on the use of the funds granted. Reporting guidelines are provided with each of the Foundation’s grant awards and are available for review. Unless otherwise indicated at the time disbursement is made, reports are required one year after disbursement. Failure to report as required by the Foundation could influence future grant decisions by the trustees.