Reed and Carolee Walker Fund

Oregon Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: Feb 10, 2020 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Jackson County, Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

Reed and Carolee Walker Fund

A permanent endowment with earnings to be used exclusively to support programs for the needy, especially children, in Jackson County.

This fund was established in 2003 by a generous bequest from Ashland residents Reed and Carolee Walker. It was their that the Walker Fund be used to help low-income people, particularly children. Reed Walker’s will said in part: “Preference shall be given to organizations that provide food, shelter, emergency needs services and other services to the poor and needy in Jackson County and that provide an opportunity for those living in poverty be become more self-sufficient … In addition, preference shall be given to organizations and elementary schools that provide health, clothing, nutrition services, emergency needs, enhancement programs and field trips for children living in poverty.”

About the Fund

The Reed and Carolee Walker Fund was established at The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in 2003 by a generous bequest from Ashland residents Reed and Carolee Walker. The Fund is a permanent endowment, with earnings to be used for general charitable purposes in Jackson County, Oregon. The Fund distributes approximately $2 million in grants annually.

Focus of the Fund

It was the desire of the donors that the Walker Fund be used to help low-income people, particularly children. Reed Walker’s will said in part: “Preference shall be given to organizations that provide food, shelter, emergency needs services and other services to the poor and needy in Jackson County and that provide an opportunity for those living in poverty be become more self-sufficient … In addition, preference shall be given to organizations and elementary schools that provide health, clothing, nutrition services, emergency needs, enhancement programs and field trips for children living in poverty.”

Funding Priorities

  • After assessing community needs and considering best practices, along with the donors’ intent, OCF established the following funding priorities for The Walker Fund:
    • Improving the Health and Well-being of Children in Poverty by providing:
      • Dental healthcare for children
      • Mental health services for children
      • Substance abuse treatment for pregnant women and/or parents with young children
  • Meeting Short-Term Needs of People in Poverty by providing:
    • Food, clothing, shelter and other emergency assistance for individuals or families
    • Enrichment programs for children in need
  • Although less likely to be funded, projects will be considered if they:
    • Otherwise address the focus of the fund

Grants generally range in size from $5,000 to $150,000 and are in proportion to the size and capacity of the applicant organization. We encourage organizations to think big and think small.

Grants are given for projects or building organizational capacity. 

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

Eligibility:

  • In order to apply an organization must have 501(c)(3) status as a public charity (not a private foundation), be a public entity, or have a qualified fiscal sponsor.
  • Only projects serving Jackson County are eligible for Walker Funds.

Preferences:

  •  Preference is given to
    • collaborative efforts; 
    • those that show a creative use of community resources;
    • those that intervene early or at crisis points.

Ineligibility:

  • Grants are not given for capital projects, deficit funding, replacement of government funding, or religious activities.