Trail Blazers LEARN Grant

Portland Trail Blazers Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2022 5:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Fields of work: Academic Success & Enrichment Literacy Education - K through 12

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Oregon, Clark County, Washington

Location of residency: Oregon, Clark County, Washington

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Trail Blazers Foundation Fund – LEARN Grant

The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of children and families who have been historically underserved, where they live, learn, and play. Through the LEARN grant, the Trail Blazers Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, supports organizations throughout Oregon and SW, Washington that are supporting youth in their journey to and through high school.

One of the ways the Trail Blazers invests in our region is by providing cash grants to organizations that fit our mission. When it comes to our LEARN focus area, these are organizations that are supporting youth to graduate from high school or ensure they hit the many academic benchmarks critical to achieving this goal, including reading at grade level by third grade, increasing student attendance, and supporting a student’s transition from 8th to 9th grade.

Organizations with a mission or major program aligned with the LEARN grant parameters are invited to apply for up to $20,000 of annual funding. After an initial year of support, organizations may be selected to receive an additional year of funding, for a total of up to $40,000 over two years.

Funding Priorities

TBFF prioritizes LEARN grants for organizations that:

  • Serve youth who are coming from communities that have been historically underserved based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, sexual orientation or other factors
  • Have proven connections to high school graduation rates, including organizations and/or programs that are shown to have a positive impact on key educational milestones (reading at third grade, improved attendance rates, etc.) throughout a student’s journey
  • Represent geographic diversity throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington
  • Are able to show, quantitatively or qualitatively, that the existence of their program has made a difference in the lives of youth served

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


  • Applications are accepted from organizations that are a 501(c)(3) public charity; an IRC 7871 FederallyRecognized Indian Tribe; or a government entity (such as a City Parks & Recreation department).
  • Organizations with a mission aligned with the LEARN funding priorities may apply for general operating/unrestricted support; organizations with a major program aligned with the LEARN funding priorities may apply for funding to support that program
  • Organizations may apply for up to $20,000 in funding per year
  • Organizations must be providing services in Oregon and SW Washington
  • Organizations may request funds for travel/transportation provided that they are essential components of the organization or program in question
  • Please note: Organizations may only apply for one Trail Blazers Foundation Fund grant type (LIVE Greener, LEARN or PLAY) per year.


  • Priority will go to programs serving predominantly underrepresented and/or low-income children


  • Not Eligible for Funding
    • Organizations which discriminate based on age, ethnicity/race, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or other disability, or national origin
    • Individuals (including scholarships, stipends, fellowships, and personal assistance)
    • Scholarship funding, unless it’s the core purpose of your organization. If you’d like to provide underserved youth access to your programming, please apply to the program expenses rather than a scholarship amount
    • Research or project planning activities
    • Schools
    • Endowments, memorials, budget deficits, or fundraising activities
    • Religious organizations whose programs do not have a secular and community focus
    • Lobbying, political, or fraternal activities
    • Organizations that intend to regrant the funds awarded
    • Projects and events that occur prior to a Trail Blazers Foundation Fund grant award