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Grants to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington
Nonprofits to Benefit Local Residents and Communities

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Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/03/21 5:00 PM Pacific Time


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents and communities in the funding source's service area. Funding is intended for programs serving low-to-moderate income populations and priority will be given to proposals benefitting under-resourced communities.

Umpqua Bank, through the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, has evolved its community giving strategy and Community Grants program to reflect a deeper commitment to improving economic prosperity, especially for under-resourced individuals, families, and small businesses. The Foundation is dedicated to building healthier, more resilient, better connected, and inclusive communities throughout its footprint.

Impact Areas:

Economically Empowered Individuals

  • College, Career, Technical Readiness: Empowering students to develop a tangible path that takes them beyond high school graduation into post-secondary education and/or financially supportive and fulfilling careers
  • Financial Competency: Providing knowledge, skills, and experiential education to people of all ages so theycan learn about money, budgeting, savings, and investing
  • Housing Stability and Home Ownership: Connecting individuals and families to long-term affordable housing, and facilitating ownership through down-payment assistance and/or homebuyer education

Vibrant Business Ecosystems

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Expansion: Supporting new ventures and maturation of micro and small businesses, while contributing to a healthy economy; increasing accessibility to resources and access to capital for underserved populations looking to start or grow their business venture
  • Small Business Support and Financial Guidance: Supporting business growth and funding that offers education, technical assistance, tools, and resources for increasing stability and financial acumen for existing business owners

Thriving Communities

  • Family Engagement and Resiliency: Building strong, positive support networks so families can cope with everyday stresses and occasional crisis
  • Vibrant and Equitable Neighborhoods: Making systemic improvements to an area’s individual, community, and societal outcomes, while growing community wealth, stabilizing the economy, and retaining access and culture
  • Technical and Digital Connectivity: Expanding education and access to digital infrastructure for learners, businesses, and consumers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178873

Number of Grants:

Grants awarded: Around 200 annually

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant range: $3,000-$10,000
- Average grant size: $4,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will:
• Accept applications only from qualified, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
• Accept applications from nonprofits serving counties where Umpqua Bank maintains a retail presence
• Prioritize nonprofit organizations that engage current Umpqua Bank associates in a volunteer capacity

The Foundation is unlikely to:
• Grant to the same nonprofit organization more than three consecutive years, regardless of history or partnership
• Approve requests for more than 50% of the program budget
• Make grants directly or indirectly to government entities, including municipalities, school districts, and universities/colleges

The Foundation will not support Community Grant applications for:
• Individual schools
• Animal adoptions/care/training
• Sports/athletics/recreation
• Medical/dental/mental health
• Political advocacy/campaigns/lobbying
• Religious activities or organizations that include religion in programs
• Multi-year commitments
• Generating operating support
• Capital requests, including new or upgraded buildings
• Capital/fundraising campaigns
• Event sponsorships
• Scholarships
• Association membership fees
• Endowment funds or re-granting programs
• Debt retirement or deficit funding
• Activities providing Umpqua Bank or the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation with any tangible benefits in exchange for the grant

Pre-Application Information:

For requests received by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on:
- Friday, March 5, decisions will be communicated via email by the end of May
- Friday, June 4, decisions will be communicated via email by the end of August
- Friday, September 3, decisions will be communicated via email by the end of November

Due to extremely high demand and budgetary considerations, requests received in one grant cycle may be pushed to a later grant cycle. If you don’t hear back by the end of the expected month, feel free to send an email.

Applicants are encouraged to post volunteer opportunities in the NPOconnect Nonprofit Platform and reach out to local Umpqua stores or offices to build volunteer relationships prior to submitting their first application.

Generally, nonprofit organizations may submit only one application per calendar year. An exception may be made in smaller communities where one organization serves as the fiscal sponsor for multiple programs. Please contact the Foundation if you believe your organization qualifies for this exception.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Cover letters can be addressed to:
Board of Directors
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
One SW Columbia St., Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97204

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USA: California;   Idaho;   Nevada;   Oregon;   Washington

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