Grant Guidelines

Cornerstones

The Reser Family Foundation has identified four Cornerstones to guide giving, based on our desire to strengthen Oregonians:

Impact Areas

We also identified Impact Areas within each Cornerstone to provide guidance to partner applicants related to the types of grants we generally support. Our Impact Areas help identify the types of investments that matter to us.

A closer look at our funding in Education

Funding Priorities: In-school programs in public schools or independent schools that serve children with special needs. Programs that support Career Technical Education (CTE) initiatives, first generation college students, and schools serving low-income youth. We are seeking grant requests that have clear letters of support, signed by the school administrator (e.g. Superintendent) if applicable.

If your request is for capital construction and replacement of equipment, please see our Environment Cornerstone (Impact Area #2).

A closer look at our funding in Health

Funding Priorities: Requests that address food insecurity, safe housing and basic necessities. Accessibility equipment and assistive technology, evidence-based therapy, counseling and advocacy that improve long-term outcomes.

If your request is for capital construction and replacement of equipment, please see our Environment Cornerstone (Impact Area #2).

A closer look at our funding in The Arts

Funding Priorities: Requests from regional, broad-based community art programs, youth art programs (ie. painting, drawing, music, theater, dance and craft) and other community enrichment programs.

If your request is for capital construction or replacement of equipment, please see our Environment Cornerstone (Impact Area #2).

If your organization is a school, please apply under the Education Cornerstone Impact Areas.

Funding for individual artists is outside of our Arts guidelines.

A closer look at our funding in Environment

Our funding Priorities for Healthy Environment and Community Livability:

We are seeking requests for programs and activities that will affect change, increase efficiencies and create new opportunities for community engagement. Public access riparian restorations that involve community. Athletic facilities in public schools that promote community. Other building projects that improve community livability.

Funding for land trust, land acquisition, litigation, preliminary studies or preliminary research is outside of our Environment guidelines.


Assessment Criteria

While the impact areas have a broad base, they all share a single objective - to improve and strengthen communities throughout Oregon.

Characteristics the Foundation will look for include:

Limitations

Grant Renewal

Renewal applications follow the same process as new applications. The Foundation will consider only one grant request from the same organization in a twelve month period, unless an additional request is invited by the Foundation.

Geographical Focus

Giving in Oregon