- Applicants must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and be classified as a public entity rather than a private foundation as defined by section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Alternatively, they must have a qualified fiscal sponsor (i.e., a sponsoring tax-exempt organization that is tax-exempt).
- Applicants must have submitted required evaluation reports for all prior grants from the Foundation.
- The applicant’s organization must not require attendance at or participation in religious/faith activities as a condition of service delivery nor require adherence to religious/faith beliefs as a condition of service or employment.
- Work must be performed in Oregon or benefit Oregon communities
- Grants in which the Gray Family Foundation is asked to provide more than 40% of a total project budget are typically less competitive.
- The Gray Family Foundation gives extra consideration to under-served communities, rural communities, and communities of color (programs that lack attention to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness will not be competitive)
- If you have received funding from the Gray Family Foundation for 3 consecutive years, your application may get less consideration
- The Foundation tends to support 47% Portland metro region, 53% “rest of the state” including rural areas. The metro area tends to represent more program opportunities focused on demographic equity, while the less urban areas and rural areas provide more opportunities for socioeconomic equity programming.
- The Foundation tends NOT to make urban versus rural comparisons and works to see the unique strengths that communities bring to the table wherever they are located.
- The Foundation tends to try to support new projects in areas that we haven’t heard from before, in order to help them get started.
- The Foundation tends to provide as much support as we can for programs that address equity issues in communities and regions. We have fewer project applicants who identify equity as a program focus.
- The Foundation tends to “shave and spread” our dollars thinner, and provide partial funding as opposed to cutting a project.
- The Foundation tends to fund projects for three – four years, then want the organization to show that it can make it without us for a year or two.
Activities Not Eligible for Funding
- Annual fund appeals or endowment funds
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Deficit funding or elimination of operating deficits
- Religious activities
- Grants or loans to individuals
- Acquisition of Land for conservation purposes
- Capital campaigns for new buildings
Gray Family Foundation Anti-Discrimination Policy
The Gray Family Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, political or union affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status recognized by local, state or federal law. Grant applicants must hold similar standards. Grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.