The Portland Clinic Foundation: Apply for a Grant

Find out how your nonprofit organization can apply for a grant

Our grant application submission is now closed.  Thank you to all who applied. Our grant application system will reopen on February 21, 2018 and will be open for seven weeks.

At The Portland Clinic Foundation, we know that you—the nonprofits working on the frontline to meet some of our greatest societal needs—are the experts. You know your communities, and your needs, better than we do. We also know that your success should be determined by your impact, not by your capacity to fill out complicated forms.  That’s why we keep our grant application straightforward, our grantmaking priorities broad, our reporting requirements simple and our funding unrestricted.

The Portland Clinic Foundation is a new regional grantmaker that seeks to partner with nonprofits across Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties.  Through evidence-driven, results-oriented philanthropy, The Portland Clinic Foundation will support nonprofit organizations that improve community wellness and advance the social determinants of good health—whether it’s a clean water program, domestic violence prevention, a mobile low-income dental clinic, a literacy initiative, a groundbreaking local theater company, or any other program or organization that helps create and sustain healthy communities!

We are pleased to provide unrestricted (with some exceptions*) small grants to registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations located in Washington, Multnomah, or Clackamas counties.  Our grants range from $500 – $5,000.

Grants Timeline:

  • Our 2017 grant application period opened on March 31, 2017 at 8 a.m. and closed on May 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. (noon).  Our 2018 grant period will be longer, running from February 21st at 8 a.m. through April 16 at 12 p.m. (noon).
  • Successful grant applicants will be notified in early June 2018.
  • Checks will be mailed before June 15, 2018.


Grant Priorities:

The Portland Clinic Foundation is new to the funding scene and wants to learn from you—the nonprofit community—about where our funds are most needed. Because of this, we are currently leaving our grantmaking priorities broad and cross-sector. Any organization that advances community wellness and meets the terms of our grant restrictions (below) is welcome to apply.

For us, community wellness goes beyond physical health. We support organization that address:

  • The social and cultural needs that impact community wellness;
  • The environmental and economic needs that impact community wellness;
  • The intellectual, artistic, and spiritual (quality-of-life) needs that impact community wellness;
  • Inequities in the provision of any of these needs.

Our grants are unrestricted and can go to support general operating, capital improvements, capacity building, programs/projects, or various other needs. We cannot fund endowments or events; additional restrictions are listed below.

*Grant Restrictions:

  • We only fund Section 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations that are classified as a public charities under Section 509(a) 1 or 2 of the IRS tax code.
  • We only fund organizations that are headquartered in Washington, Multnomah, or Clackamas counties. It is wonderful if you provide services to a wider area, but we request that our grant funds only be directed for use within one or more of those three counties.
  • To ensure adherence to IRS standards for private foundations, we will not consider grant requests for:
    • 1. Contributions to or memberships in fraternal organizations, service clubs, labor organizations, merchant associations, chamber memberships or programs.
    • 2. Section 501(c)(4) or (6) organizations or 509(a)(3) supporting organizations.
    • 3. Private foundations or “pass through” organizations.
    • 4. Endowments, debt retirement, deficit reduction, memorial campaigns, fundraising events or sponsorships.
    • 5. Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes.
    • 6. Political organizations or organizations designed primarily to lobby or advance legislation or political philosophies.
    • 7. Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance.
    • 8. Travel and related expenses including student trips and tours.
    • 9. Hospital systems and their affiliate clinics or provider groups. (Note: we will consider applications from stand-alone 501(c)3 community clinics.)
    • 10. Private or public schools and universities (however, 501(c)3-run educational programs will be considered).
    • 11. Athletic teams, school bands and choirs, etc., including equipment and uniforms.
    • 12. Organizations that discriminate or otherwise violate The Portland Clinic Foundation’s equity and non-discrimination statements.
    • 13. Any cause from which The Portland Clinic or an employee or their family or business partners would benefit financially, professionally, educationally, or otherwise (eg. sponsorship requests, extracurricular clubs, professional memberships, corporate awards, etc.)
    • 14. Any other activities or organizations for which support would violate IRS regulations governing private foundations.
  • We will not grant to organizations that fail to comply with The Portland Clinic Foundation’s non-discrimination policy that ensures the organization does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

How to Submit a Grant Application

Please review our grant restrictions above* and for future grant applicants, you may review the following submission process:

First you will set up an account, which you can use for current and future grant cycles.  You will then be able to access the main grant application.  After creating your initial account, you can save your application of you choose to work on it in stages.

You will need to attach the following three mandatory documents within the application form: your organization’s 990;  a list of your board of directors and their primary affiliations; and your most recent year’s budget summary. We also give you the option of three additional attachments if there’s anything else you’d like us to consider. If you lack any of these documents, please reach out to us – we may be able to waive certain requirements.

When you are completely finished with your application, please go back through make sure you have ticked all the relevant boxes and filled in all the mandatory fields. We strongly suggest you save your application elsewhere before you submit it. Once you have clicked “Submit”, you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.  We strongly encourage you to submit early, as late submissions will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or problems, please reach out to or or call Foundation Executive Director Kris Anderson at 503.221.0161 x2154. (Please note: she only works one day a week; responses may be delayed.)

Contact Us

The Portland Clinic Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste. 400
Portland, OR 97205
503-221-0161, x2154


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