Collins Foundation Grants

Collins Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Feb 22, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 9, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Apr 19, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Jun 21, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Aug 16, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Oct 19, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Dec 14, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Our Mission toward an Equitable Future

Formed in 1947 by Truman W. Collins Sr. and other members of the family of E.S. Collins, The Collins Foundation invests in Oregon nonprofit organizations, both rural and urban, that are dedicated to improving quality of life and well-being for the people in their communities. As a funder and partner, we are committed to the pursuit of equity, both in how we allocate resources across Oregon’s diverse communities and how we shape our internal structures.

Our Vision for Oregon 

We want the state of Oregon to be a place where all people have access to high quality, culturally responsible services in sectors such as health, social services, education, housing, and employment. We also envision vibrant neighborhoods and communities where residents enjoy access to healthy food; a rich variety of artistic and cultural expression; and the benefits of Oregon’s natural environment. 

How we Understand Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • We welcome, and work to include, the multiple perspectives that diversity brings.
  • We know that diversity and inclusion are essential to equity.
  • We define equity as the practice and promotion of justice and the fostering of conditions necessary for all people to achieve their full potential.

Submission Guidelines

The Collins Foundation has a long tradition of service to Oregon and we recognize that serving Oregon today, and in the future, requires new ways to engage diverse communities across the state. We welcome the multiple perspectives that diversity brings and believe that difference enriches us all. We also value equity, which we understand to mean fair and inclusive access to resources and opportunity for all of Oregon’s people and communities to achieve their full potential. The Foundation is committed to incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our organizational policies and grantmaking practices.

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  • Requests are considered only from organizations that meet the following requirements:
    • Organizations with staff and leadership in Oregon and a proposed project or scope of work that directly benefits the residents of Oregon.
    • Organizations that are committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, disability, or any other legally protected status.
    • Organizations that either
      • have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not "private foundations" as defined under section 509(a) of the Code; or
      • have tax exemption as a governmental, Tribal, or other publicly-funded entity; or
      • have a qualified, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
    • Organizations that have current registration with the offices of the Oregon State Attorney General and the Secretary of State, as required by law.


  • In considering applications for substantial projects, the Foundation prefers to participate with other donors, and encourages the applicant to seek support from other sources to share in the total project.


  • Grants are not made to specific individuals.
  • The Foundation normally will not consider an additional grant request from an organization receiving a multi-year grant until twelve months following the final payment of the multi-year grant.
  • Grants normally are not made to elementary, secondary, or public higher education institutions; or to individual religious congregations.
  • Grants are not normally made for the following:
    • Elementary schools, secondary schools, or public higher education institutions.
      • Exceptions include alternative schools serving students at risk of dropping out, tuition-free private schools serving low-income youth, or schools where there is a long history of Collins family involvement.
    • Individual religious congregations.
    • Hospitals within healthcare systems.
    • Development office personnel, marketing, fundraising events, endowments, operational deficits, financial emergencies, or debt retirement.
    • Animal welfare, sports recreation, or short-term events; and requests for planning and research are generally not competitive.