Oregon Tribal Grants Program

Tribes We Fund

Because of the deep connections between our communities, Spirit Mountain Community Fund accepts proposals from Oregon's nine federally recognized Tribes for our annual Oregon Tribal Grant:

  1. Burns Paiute Tribe
  2. Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw
  3. Coquille Indian Tribe
  4. Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians
  5. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  6. The Klamath Tribes
  7. Confederated Tribes of Siletz
  8. Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  9. Confederated Tribes of Umatilla

Current Maximum Grant Amount:

$100,000 (NTE)

  • Program Intent
  • Eligible Projects
  • Grant Timelines
  • Indirect Rate
  • Application Process
  • Tribal Resolution
  • Review Process
  • Selection Criteria
  • Grant Requirements
  • Contact

The Letter of Inquiry is NOW OPEN. LOI submissions for 2021/22 ACCEPTED April 22 - May 7, 2021

Program Intent

SMCF’s broad categories of funding include: Arts & Culture, Education, Health, Historic Preservation, Public Safety, Environmental Preservation and Problem Gaming. Priority consideration will be given to those project that focus on SMCF’s priority funding areas; Health, Education, or Environment and/or support innovative programs or program enhancements that meet one or more of the following criteria:

Eligible Projects

Program support or capital projects. If the proposed project is a construction project, all pre-planning activities, including permitting, along with firm construction estimates must be completed. Grant funding awarded for the proposed project shall not be expended for the cost of goods, services, or activities encumbered prior to the grant award date.

Grant Timelines

 SMCF grants will be for a 12- month period. SMCF is a one-year funder, and we will not make multi-year grants.


Indirect Rate

SMCF grant funds may be used for Tribal indirect costs but shall not exceed the tribes currently approved indirect cost rate.

Application Process

SMCF utilizes an online grant application process where all application instructions, materials and forms are accessible.

SMCF’s two-stage application process begins with the tribe submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Following review of the LOI a determination will be made to either invite the applicant to submit a full grant application or not; based on the merits of the proposed project/program and it’s alignment with SMCF’s funding priorities.

Tribal Resolution

Tribal grant LOI's must include an approved Tribal Resolution in support of the specific proposed project/program to be undertaken.

Review Process

Staff will perform an initial review of all LOI submissions. Grant award decisions will be made by the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trustees.

Selection Criteria

Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trustees will review the each application and make their funding determinations based on the intent and merit of proposed program/project and the grant funding available.

Grant Requirements

Tribes awarded a grant will be required to file a mid-year progress report and a final report to be submitted within 30 days after the completion of the project (Due 13 months after the grant award).

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If you have questions about this grant opportunity or the application process, please contact Program Coordinator, Angela Sears