FAQ

Yes! CommuniCare is fully prepared to support the remote and/or in-person learning needs of all schools in the upcoming school year.

All 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the State of Oregon are eligible to apply. Please keep in mind that the student mission statements will often identify a specific geographic service area for their grants.

Yes, you can apply for a CommuniCare grant. When final grants are awarded, the funds will go directly to your fiscal sponsor and will be earmarked for your program/group.

Yes. Organizations can apply every year.

Yes. You are welcomed to apply to any school whose mission statement aligns with your organization’s work. You can select multiple mission statements at a time and submit the same materials for each of them or you can tailor your materials to individual mission statements and make multiple submissions.

The average CommuniCare grant is $3,000-$5,000.

The public submission window is open from November 15th to December 31st, 2021. If your organization is invited by a student group to apply and the application window has closed, please send your materials directly to the group’s contact person and defer to the deadline set by the group.

Please send all materials through our website on the Submit Grant Application page unless invited by a student group to submit materials directly to them.

We cannot receive applications after the public submission window closes on December 31st, 2021. Individual student groups may reach out to invite nonprofit organizations to apply directly to them. Please do not solicit schools directly.

To make it easier for applicants to identify which mission statements align with their work, we have numbered the statements and divided them into general service areas. Please note: mission statements will appear in multiple categories if students have more than one focus or their issue is intersectional.

The CARE Foundation asks students to award minimum grant amounts of $1,000, but we do not restrict the number of organizations that students can select. When asking for a dollar amount, keep in mind that students often try to increase their impact by spreading their funds around the community. A very large request may discourage students if they feel they cannot meet your needs.

Students want to see their mission statement priorities reflected in your cover letter. Extra care with your language will let them know you really read their statement.

Lastly, professional and industry-specific vocabulary may be second nature to you but can sometimes obscure the good work being done. Cover letters should not be more than 750 words, and thoughtful visual aids and photographs will make your materials more accessible to all learners.

High school students are your primary audience. You can address them directly as “Dear Students” or “CommuniCare Grantmakers.” You can use The CARE Foundation address in lieu of a school address:

1121 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205

All submission materials will be made available to students in mid-January. You will hear directly from the students or The CARE Foundation in February or early March. Once a student group has contacted you, you can engage with them directly.

Fundraising is an important part of the CommuniCare student experience. In a typical year, students shoot to raise $1500. Every dollar the students raise up to that goal is matched with $10 by The CARE Foundation. If your organization receives a grant from a school, it already reflects The CARE Foundation’s match. That amount is the final amount for the grant.

NOTE: Due to the constraints of COVID-19, The CARE Foundation has changed the fundraising requirement for the 2021-2022 school year. Each group has been guaranteed $7,500 from The CARE Foundation for grantmaking. We are asking each group to try to raise $750 to add to this amount. We will match every dollar raised (up to $750) with $10.

If you need to make changes to your submission before the grant application window closes (December 31, 2021), please re-submit the entire application through the Submit Grant Application page and indicate in the message box that you will be replacing your earlier submission.

After you download the application form, open it up using an application from your desktop. If you complete the PDF in a web browser tab, it may not save your information.

The CARE Foundation does not require any follow-up reporting from CommuniCare recipients. However, the students who awarded the grant may ask for a report or letter if they choose.

If you have questions not addressed on the website, please contact Kristen Engfors-Boess, CommuniCare Program Manager, at kristen@schnitzercare.org or 503.973.0241.