The Portland Clinic Foundation: Apply for a Grant

Find out how your nonprofit organization can apply for a grant

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.  We want to support your work rather than get in the way of it. That’s why we keep our grant application straightforward, our grant making priorities broad, our reporting requirements simple and our funding unrestricted.

The Portland Clinic Foundation’s goal 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 opens on March 31, 2017 at 8 a.m. and closes on May 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. (noon).
  • Successful grant applications will be notified in early June.
  • Checks will be dispersed before June 30, 2017.

We realize that this is a shorter-than-optimal window for applications.  In future grant cycles, we will give you at least two months.  We apologize for the shorter timeline:  2017 is our first year of operations, and we are eager to begin granting!

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. 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; and/or
  • 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.



If you have any questions or problems, please reach out to or or call Foundation Executive Director Kris Anderson at 503.221.0161×2154. (Please note: she only works one day a week; responses may be delayed. Apply as early as possible.)

Contact Us

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


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