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Black United Fund of Oregon (BUFOR) Grant

Grants to Oregon and Southwest Washington Nonprofits
to Improve Education in Ethnically Diverse Communities

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Black United Fund of Oregon (BUFOR)

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Oregon and Southwest Washington grassroots and community-based nonprofits to improve social and economic conditions in traditionally underserved communities. Funding may be requested for specific projects, programs, or operating support.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations whose programs are consistent with the Black United Fund of Oregon's funding criteria and whose grant request fall in the area of education. BUF's focus on education routes from the belief that education is a tool that can be used to eliminate the cycle of poverty. Through BUF's grant process, funding supports programs that offer educational programming in the following areas:
-Help students have a successful high school and/or higher education completion;
-Work to close the achievement gap;
-Ensure access to education;
-Introduce youth to science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and the medical field (STEAM);
-Guide youth toward improving academic work and responsible citizenship; and
-Encourage a college going culture among young people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163118

Estimated Size of Grant:

BUF funds grant proposals up to $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Black United Fund grant, an organization must:

-Be a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS, or have arranged for grant administration by a fiscal sponsor. (Note: The Black United Fund of Oregon can not be the fiscal sponsor for any organization applying for grant funding through this process. Fiscal sponsor organizations can have only one (1) organization apply for funding through this process.)
-Be in compliance with terms outlined for previous BUFOR grants, e.g. have submitted all outstanding evaluation forms, agreed terms of service, and digital photos
-Carry out work in Oregon and SW Washington

The Black United Fund of Oregon evaluates and awards grants using the following funding criteria. Nonprofit organizations that exhibit one or more of the following will be given primary consideration during the evaluation process:
- Serve ethnically diverse communities, particularly the African American community in Oregon & SW Washington
- Demonstrate ethnic diversity among staff, board and its constituency
- Operate as a smaller, grassroots, community-based group (annual budget not to exceed $600,000)
-Have limited access to or difficulty raising funds due to cultural barriers or the organization's progressive work.
-Administer a culturally sensitive program methodology
-Provide programs that are supported by and relevant to the needs of the community being served
-Are located in disadvantaged communities in order to serve those communities
-Have a history of, or program staff experienced in working with diverse populations

The Black United Fund will not fund:

-Individuals, public institutions, or for-profit corporations
- Activities or items purchased prior to grant award decisions
-An organization that has an annual operating budget that exceeds $600,000 (Note: If using a Fiscal Agent, their budget cannot exceed $600,000)
-Capital Campaigns
-Grant-making organizations
-Religious Programs
-Political campaigns, organizations, or candidates for public office
-Luncheons, banquets, or dinners

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: March 3, 2019.

Apply online. Mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted.

If you are a previous grant recipient and need to complete the evaluation for your previous grant award, you can do so online. This must be completed before you can be considered for a grant during this funding cycle or any future funding cycles.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Black United Fund of Oregon
2828 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Phone: 503-282-7973

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon;   Washington: Southwest region