NNG Impact Grants

Ninety-Nine Girlfriends

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Predicted deadline: Jun 22, 2021 5:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $100,000

Fields of work: Vocational & Trade Education Natural Resources Environmental Stewardship Humanities & Social Science Literacy Education - Preschool / Early Learning Education - Higher Education Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Health Care Access & Delivery Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Education System Policy & Reform Academic Success & Enrichment Parks & Public Spaces Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Career/College Preparation Education - K through 12 Adult Education Art & Culture Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Environmental Conservation Teacher Development & Training Environmental Education Human & Social Services Wellness & Healthy Living Show all

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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Grants for 2020

We know this has been a really unusual time for all of us with COVID-19 impacting people's lives, livelihoods, and savings. Ninety-nine girlfriends is excited to be able to offer another round of Impact Awards in 2020. Our grant making goal for this year is to provide support to nonprofits as they respond to the challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis, with special emphasis on efforts to benefit people affected by inequity due to race, discrimination or exclusion. 

This year, we worked diligently to simplify the process and broaden our impact. To that end, we have made the following changes:

  • There will be a single application rather than a two-step process.
  • Award amounts will change but will be unrestricted and may be used for general operating support or other activities that advance your mission.
  • The payment of awards will be in September 2020 rather than December.

We will continue to offer awards in each of our five focus areas. We believe that even the non-food/shelter programs do something vital and necessary for our community. Arts experiences and educational programs feed our souls and will be profoundly important during and after the crisis, and the environment continues to face an existential threat.


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

Applications 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. We ask that organizations choose the option that best describes the focus of their work. We recognize that many organizations’ work may be broader or may not fit perfectly into these five categories.

Arts & Culture — Organizations 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 — Organizations 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 — Organizations 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 — Organizations 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 — Organizations 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.


  • Ninety-nine girlfriends welcomes Impact Award applications from organizations that meet all of the following six criteria:
    • The applicant is 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 22, 2020. 
    • The applicant's work impacts residents of one or more of the four counties where we live and give (Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington). 
    • The applicant is submitting only one application (though they may be listed as a partner on an application from a different organization).
    • If the applicant has previously received an award greater than $10,000 from ninety-nine girlfriends, they have reviewed their grant agreement and determined they are eligible to apply.


  • 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).

This page was last reviewed September 29, 2020 and last updated September 29, 2020