NNG Impact Grants

Ninety-Nine Girlfriends

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Grant amount: US $100,000

Next deadline: Jun 24, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Oct 4, 2020 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Counties in Oregon: Clackamas County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Clark County, Washington

Location of residency: United States

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Ninety-nine girlfriends was established in 2016. Our goal is to strengthen individual giving through collective grant making and education. Our organization is based on a model used by giving circles in the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network. GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington has generously serves as our fiscal sponsor.

A total of 253 women have signed on for our second Impact Award cycle. Each of us contributes $1,100 annually, with $1,000 going toward an annual award. We believe grants of this size can have a transformational impact on a local issues. We consider our grantees to be colleagues in effecting community change.

Focus Areas

Proposals should respond to a demonstrated need in one of the five focus areas described below. We use these focus area categories to structure our review process. Often, a proposal can fall into more than one area. Each applicant decides which focus area best reflects the intent of their project. When choosing a focus area, we encourage applicants to be guided by the potential impact their project intends, rather than their organization’s overall mission or activities. 

Arts & Culture — Projects that enhance opportunities for creative expression that strengthens social fabric, highlights social issues, or engages specific constituencies (particularly those who are currently underserved) in the arts or arts education, broadly defined to include: visual arts, theater/performance, dance, cultural arts, music, film, media, design, humanities, and the study and application of the arts to the human environment.

Education & Lifelong Learning — Projects that improve educational equity, opportunity, or education-related services for children and youth, from preschool through post-secondary; out-of-school time and summer learning, especially related to closing achievement and opportunity gaps; youth workforce development; college and career readiness; family involvement in their children’s learning; adult literacy, and adult workforce development for underserved communities. 

Environment & Sustainability — Projects that improve, preserve, or revitalize open spaces, natural resources, and/or facilities; promote the resiliency and welfare of natural habitats; mitigate the impact of environmental hazards on specific populations or species; promote environmental justice, or encourage research, public awareness, policy, or education relating to natural ecosystems or the built environment. 

Family & Human Services — Projects that contribute to maximizing the safety, success, and quality of life for all people living in our community, with a focus on preventing as well as remediating threats to well-being for under-served groups of people, and with an emphasis on improving systems to create greater equity.

Health & Wellness — Projects that improve health and prevent health risks, including endeavors focused on overall wellness, access to care, health equity, coordination of behavioral, physical and mental health services, and addressing social determinants of health.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • A tax-exempt entity that: has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; is recognized as a Tribal Entity; or has a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
  • The applicant can show annual revenue of at least $200,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year. 
  • The applicant has operated in Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and/or Washington counties (Portland/SW Washington) for at least three full years as of June 24, 2019. 
  • The proposed project will focus its impact in one or more of the four counties in the Portland/SW Washington region.  


  • We do not make grants for:
    • Debt reduction, operating deficits or endowment funding
    • Projects or activities that are religious, legislative, discriminatory, partisan or political in nature
    • Capital campaign expenses
    • Endowment campaigns
  • For previous award winners:
    • Any organization that has received an award from us of $10,000 or more is not eligible until the date noted in your signed agreement.
    • In general, this means waiting at one grant cycle from the time that your project is completed, including receipt of your final report (if you're an Impact Award winner) or one year from the time that funds were awarded (if you received a smaller grant).