We believe that a diverse and open community is a strong one! We support organizations that promote diversity among their leadership and employees.

Eligible Projects

Who We Fund

You must be a 501(c)3 organization, and your project's work must 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.

  • Arts & Culture
  • Historic Preservation
  • Education
  • Environmental Preservation
  • Health
  • Public Safety
  • Problem Gaming

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.

General Purpose Grants

As a responsive funder, SMCF supports a wide range of organizations and projects. We have two general purpose grant programs, Small and Large Grants.

Small Grants


Small Grant requests now include a Proposal (an abbreviated version of our Large Grant LOI) as the first step. Invitations to submit a full application will be sent out based on the evaluation of the Proposal.

Small Grants will be awarded quarterly

$7,500 Limit

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Large Grants

Large grants are more for programmatic proposals and capital projects. These are accepted and funded quarterly, and can be extremely competitive.

$50,000 Programmatic Limit
$100,000 Capital Limit

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