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.
  • Provide services in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.  We focus on the following Oregon counties – Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas.

What do we fund?

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation funding will be unrestricted, starting in 2024. This approach is fundamentally about recognizing and addressing power imbalances in service of a healthier, more equitable, and more impactful nonprofit sector. Our commitment is to relationships based on transparency and mutual learning – both internally within our organization and externally with our grant partners. We will ask about the organization’s initiatives and projects that the funding will support. 

Our 2024 timeline:

  • February 22 Grant Report portal open
  • March 1 Application portal open
  • June 1 Application and report deadline
  • Sept 20 Decisions and funding

Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be note that typically the Foundation does not fund the full request of an organization new to us.  Partial funding may be provided.


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 for a new grant provided they have filed their final report. The deadline for the grant report is on or before the next year’s 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 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!