Conventional Grants

Kinsman Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $45,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Oregon, Washington

Location of residency: Oregon, Washington

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Conventional grants

Our Board meets once each year in September to decide grants for that year that have not been decided through the small grant program. Inquiries are due August 1 of each year, but may be submitted anytime during the year. These grants are scheduled for distribution in November.

Eligibility Areas

The Foundation makes grants primarily for the purposes detailed here. An important element of all grants is a benefit to the public at large, rather than to specialized populations or groups.

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation has been our principal funding area since our beginning. In 2006 we identified our primary interest in this area as architectural preservation — the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction of historic buildings, structures and related sites. Most of the projects we fund involve buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing resource in an historic district.

We will continue to consider grants for other historic preservation activities as a secondary interest.

Native Wildlife Rehabilitation and Appreciation

Native wildlife rehabilitation is the focus of this interest, and is almost exclusively limited to nonprofits managed by state- and federally-licensed wildlife rehabilitators. These programs offer urgent care of injured and orphaned wildlife native to Oregon and Washington.

A small portion of our native wildlife budget is reserved for wildlife appreciation projects or programs that offer the general public opportunities to observe and appreciate the natural world. These activities will

  • promote individuals’ stewardship of native wildlife and its natural habitat
  • enable people to understand and minimize their impact on the Earth, and
  • promote responsible enjoyment of wildlife in recreational settings.

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  • Grants are made only for activities benefiting Oregon and southern Washington.
  • Grants are awarded only to tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies.
    • Only exceptional situations will result in a grant that requires us to exercise the expenditure responsibility procedures required by the IRS for some grants.
  • No matching funds are required.
  • There are no reapplication limits for either previous grantees or others.
  • An educational component to a program will not enhance its likelihood of funding.


  • Generally speaking, project support still is afforded a preference.
    • There is some internal inconsistency over the question of operating support versus project support. Like many funders, we appreciate the unique results nonprofits can sometimes achieve through a special project or program. Yet we understand that often the most valuable support we can provide to organizations whose values, goals and work we admire is general or administrative support.


  • Grants outside our indicated areas of interest are initiated by the Foundation.
  • Native wildlife rehabilitation: We do not intend these grants to include policy, research, preservation or protection of wildlife habitat.

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