Eligibility

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.

Eligible Projects

Who We Fund

You must be a 501(c)3 organization, and be located in one of the following 11 counties in Northwest Oregon:

  1. Benton County
  2. Clackamas County
  3. Lane County
  4. Lincoln County
  5. Linn County
  6. Marion County
  7. Multnomah County
  8. Polk County
  9. Tillamook County
  10. Washington County
  11. Yamhill County
  • We are able to fund government agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties. Please call us for a special link to our Letter of Inquiry process. 503-879-1400

What We Fund

Our program areas are broad and left intentionally undefined to allow our applicants the greatest flexibility in seeking funds. If you aren't sure where your project fits, please contact us.

  1. Arts & Culture
  2. Education
  3. Environmental Preservation
  4. Health
  5. Historic Preservation
  6. Problem Gaming
  7. Public Safety

Priority Funding Areas

The Board of Trustees has established eight priority funding areas that we call P8's. Although projects from all of our program areas are funded, these priority areas receive special attention. Staff will designate P8 status to applications upon review.


Health

  1. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children
    We believe that by supporting programs that focus on women’s health needs, pre and post natal care, and the early health, domestic violence, and child abuse or neglect, we may have positive impact on the health of our children over the course of their lives.
  2. Overcoming Obesity
    We support programs that promote healthy diets, fit lifestyles and are characterized as preventative verses reactive. Projects that fit this category will focus on healthy lifestyle changes and support. This is not targeted to simply support sports teams or facilities.
  3. Oral Health
    Research continues to reveal the intrinsic role that oral health plays in overall physical and mental health and development of persons of all ages.

Education

  1. Ready for School
    We support programs that improve early childhood learning and development to empower each child’s learning to their full potential.
  2. Reading Success
    One of the most foundational requirements of a successful education is reading proficiency. Too many children who do not accomplish reading proficiency in the early grades are left behind and are hampered in the rest of their leaning. We support programs that create and support young successful readers.
  3. Effective Education for All
    We desire that all children, including those who experience challenges to their learning success, have the support they need to reach their best academic abilities. Children who struggle in school and those considered at risk need and deserve additional support. We believe that programs that build on the school experience are often necessary to help these children. Valued programs include after school programs, tutoring, summer school and year-round education programs.

Environment

  1. River Health
    Our rivers are the life blood of our lands and the home of the salmon and skaqual (lamprey). It is our responsibility to help our rivers heal and restore the fish that have always fed the people. We support projects that protect and restore our rivers and the ecosystems that they support.
    • Water Quality - The water quality of our rivers must be able to support a recovering and one day thriving fish population.
    • River Habitat Conservation and Restoration - We support programs that will restore and protect a living, moving and healing aquatic system.
    • Fish Restoration - We support efforts to restore healthy, wild fish populations.
    • Reducing Toxic Pollution - We support projects that reduce toxic pollution in our environment and reduce or prevent the delivery of toxic chemicals to our waters.
  2. Environmental Justice
    Persons of color and the economically disadvantaged are more likely to live in polluted neighborhoods and bear the harmful impacts of environmental degradation. SMCF supports projects that promote the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. We also believe that the voices and experiences of those who bear the burden of environmental damage must inform how our environment is maintained, managed, and regulated.

Guidance Policies

We try not to limit our funding as much as possible, but we do follow some set guidelines. If you are a religious group, a school, a fiscal sponsor, or are applying for a capital grant, please review our guidance policies. Please feel free contact us with any questions or concerns.

View our Guidance Policies

Ineligible Projects

As a relatively small funder, there are some projects that simply fall out of our funding scope and are not eligible:

  • Organizations that have not completed their previous SMCF grant.
  • Debt retirement
  • Domestic animal programs (Shelters)
  • Economic development or community revitalization
  • Events including fundraisers, conferences, concerts, and sponsorships.
  • Indirect or overhead costs, except those expenses that specifically and essentially relate to the grant project. These costs should be a small percent of the total request
  • Institutions that in policy or practice unfairly discriminate based on race, ethnic origin, sex, creed or religion.
  • Multi-year funding.
  • Pass-through funding to organizations that are not tax-exempt.
  • Projects or organizations that propagandize or influence elections
  • Projects within sectarian or religious organizations that primarily serve their own members or adherents.
  • Replacement funding for activities or materials previously supported by federal, state or local public funds.
  • Sporting complexes, equipment, or other sports related projects.

We value this work, but in the interest of funding a range of programming, the Board has chosen some limits.