NNG Impact Grants

Ninety-Nine Girlfriends

Grant amount: US $100,000

Next deadline: Oct 8, 2018 12:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jun 22, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied 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 respond to a demonstrated need in one of five focus areas. We use these focus area categories to structure our review process. Often, a proposal can fall into more than one area. It’s the applicant's decision which focus area that best reflects the intent of their project.

Arts & Culture — Initiatives that enhance opportunities for creative expression to strengthen social fabric, highlight social issues, and engage specific constituencies in 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 — Initiatives that further the ability to educate and improve education in our region for children and adults; formal and out-of-school learning, teacher education; school or curriculum reform; literacy; workforce development; college and career readiness; services to help at-risk learners achieve educational goals.

Environment & Sustainability — Initiatives that improve, preserve, or revitalize urban spaces, natural resources, and/or facilities; promote the resiliency and welfare of natural habitats; or encourage research, public awareness, or education relating to ecosystems or the environment.

Family & Human Services — Initiatives to address needs that put at risk the quality of lives of children, adults, or families or contribute to maximizing the safety and success of all people living in our community; focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems; improving systems and providing equitable access to resources.

Health & Wellness — Initiatives that positively impact health and wellness of people in the region; including endeavors focused on 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.


  • Organizations that have a 501(c)(3)status, are a Tribal Community, or have a fiscal sponsor that provides services in the Portland/SW Washington four-county region are eligible to apply.
  • We fund organizations with three years or more of operating experience, have annual revenues of at least $200,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year, and can demonstrate the sustainability and financial management expertise necessary to effectively manage a $100,000 grant.
  • Funds can be used to support specific projects or general operations. 
  • Proposals will respond to one of our five focus areas chosen by the applicant: Arts & Culture, Environment, Education, Family/Human Services, Health & Wellness.
  • Animal welfare organizations are eligible- they must choose which focus area the project fits in.


  • 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