Fast-Track & Midsize Grant Programs

Reser Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Feb 1, 2021 11:50pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 1, 2021 11:50pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Community Development & Revitalization Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Basic Human Needs Special Needs Education Youth Involvement in the Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Career/College Preparation Environment Art Education Children’s Health & Pediatrics Academic Success & Enrichment Education - K through 12 Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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About this funder:




  • The Fast-Track Grant Program is for requests $12,499 and under
    • This process is designed to provide streamlined access and support to organizations using a one-step application. 
  • The Mid-Size Grant Program serves requests from $12,500 to $50,000. 
    • This is a two stage grant process that starts with an organization submitting a Grant Request (LOI) on-line.
  • Fast Track (one-step) requests and Grant Requests (LOI) are both due at the 'letter of inquiry' deadlines above.  

Reser Family Foundation 

The Reser Family Foundation continues Al and Pat Reser’s decades-long commitment to giving back to Oregon communities. The Reser Family is passionate about strengthening Oregonians through charitable grants made to organizations doing broad-based, innovative, inclusive work across our state.

Giving Cornerstones

To help create the broadest possible benefit to Oregonians, The Reser Family Foundation focuses on four Cornerstones—Education, Health, Arts, and Environment—to guide giving.


Grants supporting student success and engagement

Education Funding Priorities:

  • Support school-day academic and transitional programs that encourage student success.
  • Provide after-school enrichment and support for extracurricular activities in middle schools.
  • Support the basic needs of students with limited economic means on their path to a high school diploma or GED.

A closer look at our current funding priorities in Education:

  • In-school programs in public schools or independent schools that serve children with special needs
  • Programs that support Career Technical Education (CTE) initiatives, first-generation college students, and schools serving low-income youth

We accept grant requests that have clear letters of support, signed by the school administrator (e.g., superintendent) if applicable.

If your request is for capital construction and replacement of equipment, please see our Built Environment funding priority.


Grants serving Oregonians affected by life-altering events

Health Funding Priorities:

  • Serve children affected by a severe health diagnosis or life-altering event.
  • Support the basic needs of children with limited economic means.
  • Help underserved adults to achieve independence or improve quality of life after a severe health diagnosis or life-altering event.

A closer look at our current funding priorities in Health:

  • Requests that address food insecurity, safe housing and basic necessities
  • Accessibility equipment and assistive technology, evidence-based therapy, counseling and advocacy that improve long-term outcomes.

If your request is for capital construction and replacement of equipment, please see our Built Environment funding priority.

The Arts

Grants to engage communities with the arts and increase access

Arts Funding Priorities

  • Engage youth through creative visual and performing arts programs.
  • Support broad-based community arts programs that increase access and enrich communities.

A closer look at our current funding priorities in The Arts:

  • Requests from regional, broad-based community art programs
  • Youth art programs (e.g., painting, drawing, music, theater, dance and craft)
  • Other community enrichment programs

If your request is for capital construction and replacement of equipment, please see our Built Environment funding priority.

If your organization is a school, please apply under the Education Cornerstone.


Grants supporting either the natural environment or the built environment

Environment Funding Priorities

  • Cultivate the long-term resiliency and vitality of our natural environment while engaging communities.
  • Support community and economic development in the built environment that create sustainable community improvement.

A closer look at our current funding priorities in Environment:

  • Requests for programs and activities that will affect change, increase efficiencies and create new opportunities for community engagement
  • Public access riparian restorations that involve community
  • Other building projects that improve community livability

The foundation will consider capital fundraising requests when more than 70% of the funds needed to complete the project have been raised/pledged.

Assessment Criteria

While our funding priorities have a broad base, they all share a single purpose — to improve and strengthen communities throughout Oregon. In considering grant applications, we look for:

  • Projects or programs specifically related to one of our Funding Priorities; programs consistent with The Reser Family Foundation identified areas of giving
  • Significant projects that hold promise to accomplish a measurable impact in the area and for the purpose for which the applicant requests support and possess the ability to achieve uncommon results
  • Capital fundraising campaigns that are more than 70% funded

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


  • Eligible organizations need to be established 501(c)(3) organizations for more than 5 years.
  • The organization, operations, services and staff should be based in Oregon.
  • Before applying, other funding partners must be committed.
  • A letter of support from a partner or collaborator is required on the application.
  • Please apply only once per 12-month period. Grants are expected to be spent within 1 year of disbursement to support ongoing programming or operations (not one-time events).


  • Grants will not be provided to defray deficits, for debt or mortgage retirement, for political campaigns, for lobbyist groups, for single events, for projects involving litigation.
  • Health: We are not currently reviewing requests for medical research funding.
  • Arts:  Funding for individual artists is outside of our Arts guidelines.
  • Environment: Funding for land acquisition, litigation, preliminary studies or preliminary research is outside of our current funding priorities.


This page was last reviewed December 15, 2020 and last updated June 15, 2020