Foundation / Corporation
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
07/27/18 5:00 PM PST
Grants to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington nonprofit organizations to improve outcomes for children and youth in communities where the funding source has a business presence. LOIs are due June 29. Project categories include family financial health, housing stability, and college and career readiness.
About the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation:
The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving outcomes for children, preK-12th grade, by advancing youth development and education initiatives. The Foundation recognizes the strong connection between educational attainment and economic prosperity and know the future health of communities depends on investments made today.
The Foundation is passionate about leveling the playing field for all children and breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty through investment in the financial health of children, families and communities.
The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation is seeking community partners to help further this commitment through the announcement of an open application for its Impact Grants. The needs in the Foundation’s communities are great, and Umpqua wants to use its resources to address low rates of post-secondary educational attainment and career training, the troubling percentage of low-and moderate-income families who need solutions to be financially resilient, and the unacceptable number of families without stable housing options.
These Impact Grants are typically larger, strategic and transformative multi-year commitments and are viewed as a significant investment by the selected organizations.
The Foundation seeks proposals that will allow your organization to reach a tipping point for growth or expansion, or greatly enhance the effectiveness of your programs, thereby creating additional momentum and leverage for your work beyond the Impact Grant timeline.
Funding Focus Areas:
The Foundation works to strengthen the communities it serves by investing in organizations and initiatives that build long-term financial health stability, opportunity and resiliency for families with children.
Your grant application should focus on a project that seeks to increase the long-term financial health capacity for low-income and historically underrepresented families with children in local communities. The Foundation will look for projects that create opportunities for families with children and young adults to promote financial well-being through the eradication of intergenerational poverty. Successful applications are focused on helping to close income disparity gaps by increasing upward income mobility and can show exactly how this will be achieved.
Impact Grants will be evaluated based on how well the project fits within one of the following categories:
College and Career Readiness
-Post-secondary education and workforce development through academic enrichment and technical training during elementary, middle and high school years
-Post-secondary education enrollment and completion achievement
-Post-secondary education affordability and bridging cost barriers to access
Family Financial Health
-Low-cost financial solutions and services that support financial stability
-Access to family asset-building resources
-Connecting housing stability with educational and economic outcomes
-Innovation in safe and healthy housing for families with children
Impact Grants help nonprofits better serve their local communities, with awards specifically for direct-service projects which track the progress of the individuals participating in the program. These projects meet a community need as identified by the nonprofit organization and will be able to show the evaluated success of the project.
Selected projects will:
-Focus on children or families with children with barriers to success due to poverty and lack of access within the Umpqua Bank footprint
-Address these challenges with smart strategies, best or proven practices, and clearly stated outcomes
-Utilize this as an opportunity to make a significant difference, helping to scale effectiveness or grow the organization’s ability to meet need
-Allow the organization to create significant forward momentum toward their goals
-Support organizational change in the way work is fulfilled, including tangible deliverables
-Be proposed by forward-thinking organizations with an ability to expand and replicate their programs
-Likely be for more than one year, with a plan for financial and program sustainability after Umpqua’s grant has completed
-Significantly improve the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission
-Approach the work with a sense of urgency
Example projects might include (but are not limited to):
-A project that provides opportunity for the organization to reach a new group of people
-A project that allows the organization to scale faster than would normally be achievable, according to their strategic plan
-A project that enhances the organization’s effectiveness in fulfilling their mission, by filling a gap in services or allowing for better use of existing resources
GrantWatch ID#: 183751
These Impact Grants are typically larger, strategic and transformative multi-year commitments. Selected projects will likely be for more than one year, with a plan for financial and program sustainability after Umpqua’s grant has completed.
For Impact Grant support, Umpqua Bank will:
-Support qualified, nonprofit organizations registered as 501(c)3 tax-exempt with the IRS
-Support work done in communities where bank associates have a presence
-Place the highest priority on those applications that directly support funding focus areas and goals as described above
-Support projects that clearly describe intended outcomes
-Support programs providing services directly to individuals in local communities
-Review all complete applications that are received by the application deadline
Umpqua Bank will not accept Impact Grant requests for:
-Event, performance, or conference sponsorships
-Activities providing Umpqua Bank or its associates with any tangible benefits in
exchange for the grant
-General operating expenses of the organization
-Capital campaigns (bricks and mortar, building upgrades)
-Endowment funds or re-granting programs
-Debt retirement or deficit funding
-Political lobbying or campaigns
-Memberships in civic organizations or trade associations
-Trips or tours
The Impact Grant application consists of two stages:
First, a letter of intent submitted through the online application form will request organizational information and a high-level description of your program, its expected outcome, timeline and request amount. The letter of intent is due no later than Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST.
Second, if your application is a strong candidate for an Impact Grant, you will be invited to complete a full application that will request additional information, including a detailed project budget, project evaluation methods and demographics of individuals served. If you are invited to complete the second step, you will be notified no later than Tuesday, July 10, 2018 and the remainder of the application is due no later than Friday, July 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST.
-June 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST: Step 1 – Letter of Intent due
-July 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST: Step 2 – Full application due
-July – September 2018: Application review and site visits
-October 2018: Decisions finalized and communicated; Awarded funds distributed
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants must support work done in communities where Umpqua Bank Associates have a presence. Umpqua Bank locations may be viewed here:
USA: California; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington