Community Building Spaces

Capital grants in support of our priority program areas

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The Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, Oregon Photo: Chehalem Cultural Center


Community Building Spaces Capital Grants: OPEN
Encourage civic participation, community collaboration and other ways of bringing residents together for the well-being of the community. Grants support the development of physical places that are open to the public and have multiple uses. 

Typical grant range: $25,000 to $250,000. Funds requested may not exceed one-third of the project’s total budget. 
Length: Primarily single year


For information purposes only (similar projects are not guaranteed funding): 

  • Building improvements at county fairgrounds
  • Libraries
  • Fire halls
  • Community centers
  • Auditoriums
  • Theaters
  • Land acquisition 
  • Purchase of buildings 
  • New construction and renovation 
  • Fixtures, furnishings and equipment 
  • Parks, playgrounds, splash pads and pools (limited to $25,000)

Community Building Spaces Capital Grants will not be made for fundraising activities, to retire debt, reimbursement for items already purchased, computer software or technology updates, or capital projects on university campuses. 

If you have a project that is not listed above or has been identified as a result of inclusive community building work, contact us to discuss the project before submitting an application. If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.

Community Building Spaces Capital Grants need to:

  • Meet the Foundation’s eligibility and readiness requirements
  • Serve communities in rural Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif., with less than 35,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area  
  • Show evidence of a sound design that meets a compelling need and is central to the mission of the applying organization
  • Have a strong staff and project team overseeing the plan and a strong board commitment to the project
  • Have a clear timeline and project budget, including adequate reserves for contingencies and possible cost overruns
  • Have evidence of sustainability, including a clear and defensible budget for on-going operational costs of the facility and the organization’s program
  • Show organizational financial stability and evidence that the capital project will not have a negative effect on the sustainability of the applying organization
  • Demonstrate evidence of strong community support and collaboration. Evidence of support is prioritized as follows:
    1. Resident cash contributions (Amount and number of donors)
    2. Business contributions (Amount and number of donors)
    3. In-kind donations
    4.  Bond measures
    5. Municipal funds
    6. County funds
    7. State funds
    8. Federal funds
  • Show funding, including in-kind, committed from a wide variety of sources and a credible plan to raise remaining funds
  • Provide evidence of positive community impact and the means to evaluate that impact
  • Have at least 50% of funding (may include in-kind) for the total project budget committed before applying.  

We give priority to:  

  • Smaller communities with demonstrated need 

Lower priority 
Under certain circumstances, we will consider applications in support of:

  • Government projects
  • K-12 schools
  • Hospitals, colleges and universities, vehicles, sports equipment, library collections, computer equipment and scientific equipment
  • Stand-alone athletic facilities
  • Projects that are in an inundation zone and buildings that do not have adequate seismic protection

Please contact Yvette Rhodes at to discuss your project before preparing an application.

What to expect

  • Very small grants can be decided within two months. 
  • Large grants can take up to six months.  
  • If your request makes it beyond the initial review, we are happy to talk to you about decision timing to aid in your planning.  
  • Funds for any capital grant awarded by the Foundation will not be released until all funding is in place.

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