Trail Blazers: PLAY Grant

Portland Trail Blazers Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Oregon, Clark County, Washington

Location of residency: Oregon, Clark County, Washington

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Trail Blazers Foundation Fund – PLAY 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 PLAY grant, the Trail Blazers Foundation Fund, an advised fund at The Oregon Community Foundation, supports organizations throughout Oregon and SW Washington that are getting kids from traditionally under-served communities and their families active.

Funding Priorities

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 PLAY focus area, these are organizations that are getting youth active and healthy. We know that active kids do better – in school and in life – and that inactivity is pervasive in our communities. Through this grant program, TBFF supports organizations that provide opportunities and inspire kids to get active and moving.

Organizations with a mission or major program focused on getting youth (age 18 or younger) and their families active are invited to apply for up to $15,000 of annual funding. After an initial year of support, organizations may be selected to receive an additional year of funding.

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


  • Geographic Focus and Organizational Requirements
    • Because the Trail Blazers Foundation raises money from fans across the state, it is important for us to give back to communities throughout Oregon.
    • Applications are accepted from organizations that are a 501(c)(3) public charity; an IRC 7871 Federally-Recognized Indian Tribe; or a government entity (such as a City Parks & Recreation department).
  • Organizations with a mission aligned with the PLAY funding priorities may apply for general operating/unrestricted support; organizations with a major program aligned with the PLAY funding priorities may apply for funding to support that program
  • Organizations may apply for up to $15,000 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
  • Organizations should apply for program expenses rather than youth scholarships to programs.
    • Scholarship funding will not be considered unless it is the core purpose of the organization.
  • Please note: Organizations may only apply for one Trail Blazers Foundation Fund grant type (LIVE, LEARN or PLAY) per year.


  • TBFF prioritizes PLAY grants for organizations that:
    • Focus on getting youth and their families active as their core mission or as a major program of their organization (priority will be given to organizations providing basketball programming)
    • Serve predominantly underrepresented and/or low-income youth
    • Serve youth and families who are coming from communities that have been historically underserved based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, sexual orientation or other factors
    • 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
    • Have not received funding from the Trail Blazers Foundation in the past 12 months (organizations who have received funds from the 5050 raffle are still eligible to apply)
  • 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
    • Organizations that support basketball leagues that are part of our Rip City Academy are not eligible to apply.
    • Basketball teams or leagues – if you are a basketball league or team, please visit here for basketball-related opportunities
    • 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 TBFF grant award

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