“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”
Grants up to $20k
Grants are by invitation only. The Board of Directors identifies organizations we would like to assist in the calendar year. In mid-summer the Foundation sends an invitation to an organization offering to consider them for a grant.
How it Works
The Foundation Grant Process
In mid-summer or early fall, the Board will send an invitation to submit a grant application to the non-profit. The non-profit should complete the application form on this website.
In October, if more information is needed, the Board will contact the non-profit for the additional information. In some cases, the Board may request the opportunity to visit the non-profit and discuss the grant application.
In late November or early December the Board considers all applications that have provided the necessary information and determines which grants will be funded. A check for the grant will be sent to the non-profit by before the end of the calendar year. An application may be only funded in part. All grant approvals are solely in the discretion of the Board and final, not subject to appeal. Depending on the size of the grant, the non-profit need not provide any further documentation for the use of the grant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each year the Board of Directors research charitable activities around Oregon, paying particular attention to rural communities and needs. The Board members identify potential non-profits and bring the non-profit to the Board for discussion. The Board votes to extend an invitation to a non-profit and suggests dollar amount. The non-profit is contacted and the invitation to complete a grant request is extended to that non-profit.
Any IRS 501(c)(3) organization is potentially eligible for a grant from the foundation. Past grants have included to organizations for education, arts, health, animal rescue, abuse prevention, first responders, senior centers, homeless individuals, community theaters, respite programs, veterans programs, and chaplains.
Grants are normally made in mid-December of each year.
Each year the Board researches Oregon non-profits and selects several for invitations. If you would like the Board to consider your organization, please send an email to [email protected]. The email should include a link to your website. Due to the volume of requests, we can not, at this time, send acknowledgements that we have received your email.
Folks we’ve helped
2021 Grant Recipients
Willamette Valley First Responders
Willamette Valley Hospice
Harney County Meals on Wheels
Central Oregon Meals on Wheels
Bob Belloini Ranch
Marion-Polk Food Share
Salem Police Foundation
LaPine Community Kitchen
Homeless Oregon Pet Project
Central Oregon Veterans Village
Alsea Food Bank
Philomath Food Bank
Assistance League of Salem
Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center
Ready to apply for a grant?
If you’ve received an invitation code from the Barbara Emily Knudson Foundation, you are eligible to apply for a grant. Just fill out and submit our Grant Application.