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The Portland Clinic Foundation: Grants

Find out how your nonprofit organization can apply for a grant

About Our Grants

We provide unrestricted, small ($1,000–$5,000) grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. See our 2022 grant recipients.

At The Portland Clinic Foundation, we know that you — local nonprofits working to meet our region’s most urgent needs — are the experts. 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.

Grants Timeline

  • Our 2023 grant application cycle will be open from February 20 to March 24.
  • Successful grant applicants for 2023 will be notified and checks will be mailed by the end of May 2023.
  • Our 2024 funding cycle will open next spring. Please join our mailing list to receive updated information about The Portland Clinic Foundation and our cycle dates.

Grant Priorities

The Portland Clinic Foundation wants to learn from you — the nonprofit community — about where our funds are most needed. Because of this, our grantmaking priorities are broad and cross-sector. Any Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas County 501(c)(3) organization that advances community wellness, satisfies the standards of Our Commitment to Equity and meets the terms of our grant restrictions is welcome to apply.

We support nonprofits 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 needs that impact community wellness

Our Funding is NOT a Match For:

  • Organizations that do not meet the standards of Our Commitment to Equity.
  • Organizations with budgets in excess of $2 million in annual revenue.
    • Many of our grants go to organizations with budgets under $1 million.
  • Organizations that are disease/diagnosis-specific.
  • Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.
  • Organizations not headquartered in our tri-county service area. As a note, we will fund organizations headquartered in Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington counties that serve a wider area as long as our grant funds are directed locally.
  • Organizations that fail to comply with The Portland Clinic Foundation’s nondiscrimination 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.
  • Additionally, 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 or 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. Individuals, including those seeking scholarships or fellowship assistance.
    7. Travel and related expenses including student trips and tours.
    8. Hospital systems and their affiliate clinics or provider groups.
      (NOTE: We will consider applications from stand-alone 501(c)(3) community clinics.)
    9. Private or public schools and universities
      (NOTE: 501(c)(3)-run educational programs will be considered if they operate across multiple schools.)
    10. Athletic teams, school bands, and choirs, including equipment and uniforms.
    11. Organizations that discriminate or otherwise violate The Portland Clinic Foundation’s equity and nondiscrimination statements.
    12. Any cause from which The Portland Clinic or an employee or their family or business partners would benefit financially, professionally, educationally, or otherwise (e.g. sponsorship requests, extracurricular clubs, professional memberships, corporate awards).
    13. Any other activities or organizations for which support would violate IRS regulations governing private foundations.

How to Submit a Grant Application

Once you have reviewed the eligibility requirements and restrictions, please follow our submission process:

    1. Go to our grant application site >
    2. Log in with your existing account or set up a new account.
    3. Access the main grant application.
      (NOTE: The application can be saved mid-process.)
    4. Attach the following three mandatory documents in the application form:
      (NOTE: Send an email to [email protected] if you need to request that we waive any of these documents)

      • a photograph of your work in action that we have permission to use
      • a list of your board of directors and their primary affiliations
      • your most recent full year’s budget summary
    5. Attach three optional attachments to help us understand your organization. Some examples include:
      • Additional photos
      • Brochures
      • Testimonials
      • Other financial documents
    6. When you are finished with your application, please go back through to 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.
    7. Select “Submit.”
      (NOTE: You will receive an email confirmation.)

We encourage you to submit early as late submissions will not be accepted and our foundation staff is part-time and unable to respond to last-minute requests.

All grant applications for 2023 must be received by March 24, 2023.

If you have any questions or problems, please email [email protected].

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