Community Benefit Grant Program - Priorities

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty – Promoting Health Equity

CareOregon LogoCareOregon’s Community Benefit Program represents our commitment to give back a share of our earnings to our members and to the communities where they live. We do this through community partners who have shown the ability to improve the lives of our members and the health of communities we serve. Smaller Sponsorships and Capacity Investments in our community partners recognize both the importance of partnership and the need to build capacity. Our larger Development Investments are intended to create a shared learning environment that can both provide our partners important resources and involve key CareOregon staff in the learning process. Together, we hope to both fund important work and increase our collective impact.   See a list of our latest grant recipients here.

We are committed to focusing our resources on targeted populations within our membership that are the most challenging to serve. Our community benefit process will focus on improving health equity and will view all investment applications with a preference for those that address health disparities, defined as:

Health Disparity - A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.- From “Healthy People 2020”

2017 Shared Learning Cohorts:

Recipients of Development Investments in prioritized areas awarded in spring 2017 and winter 2017 will be asked to participate in a learning cohort. Cohorts will meet three times with one another and key CareOregon staff and will include technical assistance. Each learning cohort will have investments that align around a theme.

Spring 2017 Housing Shared Learning Cohort:

Development Investments that have the greatest impact on issues related to helping low income people overcome housing insecurity will be prioritized in the Spring 2017 round of funding. CareOregon’s intention is to learn the best practices for creating stable and supportive living environments for our members.

Winter 2017 Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) Shared Learning Cohort:

Development Investments that have the greatest impact on issues related to preventing, identifying and responding to children’s trauma (ACEs) will be prioritized in the Winter 2017 round of funding. CareOregon’s intention is to learn the best practices for building resilience in families with young children and fostering trauma-informed environments where children gather, including childcare centers and schools.

Who can apply

CareOregon accepts Development Investment, Capacity Investment and Sponsorship requests from tax exempt organizations with programs or services within Oregon. We prioritize requests from areas where we have members – Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and Jackson Counties.

In 2017, requests from organizations for programs or services having the greatest impact on Housing (Spring 2017) and ACEs (Winter 2017) will be prioritized.

In addition to priority areas, CareOregon will accept requests from organizations for programs or services impacting the following core focus areas:

  • Childhood Development
  • Member and Community Empowerment
   -Promoting health equity
   -Fostering independence of frail elderly and those living with disabilities
   -Promoting wellness and health literacy
  • Supporting Community Health Improvement Plans of CCOs served by CareOregon
  • Partnerships addressing the social determinants of health
   -Education

   -Housing
   -Income Stability
   -Mental Health and Social Supports
   -Food and Nutrition


How to apply

Investments


Applications for 2017 Development and Capacity Investments will be available by mid-September. For sponsorship information continue reading. 


  • Development Investments: $20,000-$80,000; significant contribution toward CareOregon priority areas
  • Capacity Investments: $1,500-$20,000; tangible community benefit, address core focus area

CareOregon’s Community Benefit Grant program will begin accepting applications for its Fall funding round on 9.29. If you are a first-time applicant, please consider joining us on Thursday, September 28th, 11am to Noon at CareOregon, 315 SW 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97204 for an information session. A call in number can be made available upon request. Please RSVP to Marla Clary at clarym@careoregon.org

All 2017 Applications for Capacity and Development Investments will be accepted starting Friday, September 29 and ending at 11:59pm on Monday, October 23.


All Applications must be submitted via ZoomGrants. A live application will be available on Friday, September 29. For a Read Only version of the application, click here: Read the Application on ZoomGrants™


Sponsorships

To request a Sponsorship, please click below to apply.

Apply via ZoomGrants™

  • Sponsorships: Gifts of $1,500 or less; such as for annual events and smaller needs

Sponsorship and small support requests may now be submitted for events or projects in 2017.

Requests for Sponsorships can be made at any time. Our process is to review requests the first week of every month and quickly approve Sponsorships of $1,500 or less to organizations and for events that are consistent with Community Benefit program priorities and the CareOregon mission.

Organizations may receive only one sponsorship per year. In addition, organizations that receive a Development or Capacity Investment are not eligible for a Sponsorship during the following 12 months.



2017 Community Benefit Program Timelines

Spring 2017

Development Investments Learning Cohort: Housing (Development Investment requests that have the greatest impact on issues related to helping low income people overcome housing insecurity will be prioritized.)

Funding priorities released: Friday, February 24
Submission start date for Spring 2017 funding round: Friday, March 31
Deadline to submit applications for Spring 2017 Development and Capacity Investments: Monday, April 24
Announcement of funded organizations: Week of June 5
Development and Capacity Investment requests submitted prior to Friday, March 31 will not be considered.

Winter 2017

Development Investments Learning Cohort: Adverse Childhood Events (Development Investment requests that have the greatest impact on issues related to preventing, identifying and responding to children’s trauma (ACEs) will be prioritized.)

Funding priorities released: Friday, February 24
Submission start date for Winter 2017 funding round: Friday, September 29
Deadline to submit applications for Winter 2017 Development and Capacity Investments: Monday, October 23
Announcement of funded organizations: Week of December 4
Development and Capacity Investment requests submitted prior to Friday, September 29 will not be considered.

Submission of requests

Please note timelines for requests above

All 2017 sponsorship and investment applications should be submitted via ZoomGrants.

For additional information please email CommunityBenefitGrants@careoregon.org or contact:

Shawn DeCarlo
Shared Learning and Grant Evaluation Program Manager
CareOregon
315 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR  97204

Ph: 503-416-3913