General Purpose Grants

We are a responsive, general purpose funder. We have two main grant programs, aptly named Small and Large.

Our General Purpose Grants

Small Grants

Small grant proposals are accepted and funded monthly. Requests may not exceed 50% of the project budget.


Large Grants

Large grant proposals are accepted and funded quarterly. Requests may not exceed 50% of project the budget.

  • $50,000 Programmatic request limit
  • $100,000 Capital request limit

How to Apply for a Grant

Our application process is straightforward, and we hope, somewhat simple. It is important that your project is well planned before approaching us for funding, and that your budget is finalized.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Check Eligibility

We fund:

  • 501(c)3 organizations in our 11 county service area-Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill
  • Government agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties
  • Projects that fall into one of our seven program areas: Art & Culture, Education, Environmental Preservation, Health, Historic Preservation, Problem Gaming, or Public Safety
View all eligibility requirements

Submit Letter of Inquiry

The Letter of Inquiry, or LOI, is your gateway to funding. It will be reviewed by staff (small grants) or the Board of Trustees (large) and you will either be invited to submit a full application, or be declined. This process includes a short eligibility quiz, contact information, a brief description of your organization, your proposal and a budget overview. You will be notified if you are accepted within a few days of the deadline.

Get started with your Letter of Inquiry

Step 2: Full Application

Attend Grant Writing Workshop (optional)

Throughout the year, SMCF holds pre-application workshops at various locations. This step-by-step walk through of our application is free and all are welcome. Attendance is not required, but encouraged, especially for newer organizations or grant writers.

Submit Full Application

If your Letter of Inquiry is accepted by our team, you will receive an email invitation to submit a grant application. The invitation will contain instructions, deadlines, and staff contact information. We strongly advise that you review the instructions immediately. There are items that must be addressed in advance of your submittal.

The majority of the full application is comprised of templates that you will download, complete, and upload back to the application in the same manner as the budget template for the LOI.

Get started with your Application