Who can apply for funding through the Resource Connector?
For the current cycle – April 16 through June 30, 2020, all applicants must be an eligible 501(c)(3) (or like) charitable organization based in Oregon or Southwest Washington. The organizations based in Oregon must also be a Nonprofit Association of Oregon member.
How much can a nonprofit apply for?
Funding requests can range from $1,000 up to $50,000.
How long is the Resource Connector available?
The Resource Connector will operate in quarterly cycles beginning April 16 – June 30, 2020. New cycles will begin at the beginning of a new quarter, depending on the length of the current COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to assess the situation and will open new cycles accordingly.
How many requests may nonprofits submit during each cycle?
Each organization may only submit one request per cycle. If an organization manages multiple programs that could benefit from COVID-19 funding, they must choose which single project they would like to submit per cycle. Organizations may apply again in a new cycle with a new project.
What are some examples of a COVID-19-related project?
- Loss of staff or volunteers due to the state-wide “stay at home” requirements.
- New COVID-19-related needs or costs that have emerged, such as more diapers for a family program; mental health support for first responders; laptops for rural students.
- Fundraiser cancellations that created the loss of event revenue or loss of event location and/or catering deposits.
- Challenges with continuing an organization’s general operations as a result of COVID-19.
Will all projects receive funding?
A request does not automatically result in funding and connecting through this portal in no way commits participating nonprofits nor funders to receive/give funds. Staff from interested funders may directly connect with nonprofits for additional information about funding requests if necessary. However, it is possible that you may receive resources from more than one funder in order to fulfill your total request. The Resource Connector encourages partnership between funders in order to help you get what you need during the COVID-19 crisis.
How will a nonprofit know if their request has been funded?
Funders will review requests and determine which request(s) they may be interested in funding. This will be done through an expression of interest process via this portal. Nonprofits will receive a notification if their project has been funded and the project will be moved to a list of FUNDED projects. Once your project is funded, your organization is no longer eligible for funding until the next cycle. It is anticipated that the number of requests received will far outweigh limited funding resources. Therefore, if a nonprofit’s request has not received any activity after four to six weeks from the date the request was submitted, nonprofits should consider their requests unlikely to be funded.
Are funders allowed to give more money even if it exceeds the request?
Absolutely. The amount a funder gives is to their discretion. They can reach out to you directly if they want to make a contribution.
Any advice for nonprofits submitting a request?
Just be yourself and tell your story. The most important thing that we can suggest is that you remain realistic in your request. We get it…our natural inclination is to go BIG when we can and there will be a few funders who can answer a $20,000 – $50,000 call. But there are A LOT more funders who can fund a $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 request without a lot of extra work on your part. We want to ensure that as many nonprofits can find support as possible. And we are asking funders to team up whenever they can to help cover needs, so here’s our ultimate advice: Be clear. Be concise. Be realistic. And be you.
What should we do if we have questions about the portal?
For nonprofits, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will do our best to assist you.
For funders, contact Chris Comis at email@example.com for assistance.