Helping Kids and Communities Thrive

  • The Multnomah Athletic Foundation provides community grants that support confidence and character-building opportunities with an emphasis on athletic participation for youth.
  • The foundation gives highest priority to activities that provide greater access to youth who are economically disadvantaged and under-served.
  • We believe we have an opportunity to make an impact on a nonprofit organization’s ability to foster or enhance athletic participation.
  • We believe that our community grant partners outreach should reflect the diversity of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties.
  • We believe that there is social, emotional, and physical value in athletic participation. We provide each individual an opportunity to experience the value of team, dedication, and participation through athletics.
  • We embrace our opportunity to lead by harnessing our collective resources and passion. We are a catalyst - connecting people and resources for the benefit of our communities.


Who do we fund?

Our grant partners:

  • Operate effective programs that primarily serve youth with limited access or underserved communities.
  • Develop short and long-term strategies for addressing identified organizational needs. 
  • Need financial support to meet the demand for core programs and services and effectively administer programs.
  • Can be established or start-ups, and are well-managed and financially viable.

What do we fund?

Program development and the continuation/expansion of existing programs will be limited to projects that have a viable fundraising and sustainability plan.

Operational support through unrestricted funding that enables an organization to carry out its core mission by strengthening organizational capacity and program sustainability.

For specific projects with capital expenditures, such as equipment and facilities, limited funding is available.

The online application portal opens approx. 3 months prior to the deadline. The deadline and funding dates are:

  • April 1 for a June decision.
  • Sept 1 for a November decision.

Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Requests are considered by the amount of the specific capital, program or capacity-building budget, and in the case of core support, the size of the organization’s operating budget. The foundation as a general practice does not fund the total cost of a capital, program or capacity- building budget.


Our average grant amount ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.

An organization’s budget for the most recently completed fiscal year is required. The project or program budget related to the grant request will be required if it is different.

An organization will be expected to complete a grant report on an annual basis describing the organization’s impact on youth athletic participation. 

Organizations who have received grants from the Multnomah Athletic Foundation must fulfill final reporting obligations before any new grant funds will be distributed.

Multnomah Athletic Foundation grants are awarded for one year. Generally, grantees can re-apply at the end of their grant period for a new grant provided they have filed their final report. The deadline for the grant report is on or before the new grant application deadline. A sample grant report is provided for planning purposes.

Applicants should request a grant amount that is consistent with a thoughtful and sustainable fundraising strategy. Based on individual circumstances, the foundation’s Board of Directors will use flexibility and apply individual judgment to each request.

Grants are specifically not made:

  • To organizations that discriminate against certain groups or individuals in the delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
  • To individuals. The group must be a registered and certified a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • To fiscal sponsors. The group must be a registered and certified a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • For conferences, workshops and related non-program activities.
  • For endowment funds.
  • For prior deficits or debt reduction.
  • For PTO/PTA organizations.
  • For political organizations.
  • For the collection of funds for re-granting to other nonprofit groups.

Apply and Report

The portal requires you to set up a user ID and password. Once you are signed in, you can save a draft and return to work on the application or report at your leisure. When you are ready, you can submit the application or report. After you submit, it will allow you to print and save the document for your records.

If you made an error, we can reopen the grant application or report for you to make revisions.

As we review the submitted materials, we will reach out if there is anything that needs clarification or explanation BEFORE our grant review team sees the application or report. We want to help you put your best foot forward!