Applications can be submitted through the website between November 15th, 2019 and January 13th, 2020. If your organization is invited by a student group to apply, and the window has closed, send your materials directly to the group’s contact person.
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.
We have omitted the name of the school so applicants do not directly solicit students and teachers. Balancing privacy and transparency is important to The CARE Foundation and we appreciate your understanding.
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.
The CARE Foundation asks the 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. It is unlikely that a group will grant a single, large amount.
Also, keep in mind CommuniCare students have a wide range of English-Language proficiency. Cover letters should not be more than 2 pages and thoughtful visual aids and photographs will make your materials accessible, regardless of the student/school.
If you need to make changes to your submission before the grant application window closes (January 13, 2020), please re-submit the entire application through the Submit Application page and indicate in the message box that you will be replacing your earlier submission.
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer 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.
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 to each of them or you can tailor your materials to individual mission statements and make multiple submissions.
Please note schools are expected to grant to new organizations each year. If you received a CommuniCare grant from a school during the 2018-2019 school year, they must request a special exemption letter on your behalf.
Yes. However, students are instructed to support a wide network of nonprofit organizations and must request an exception in writing. The grant application form includes a box to capture past application status.
Every dollar the students raised is matched with $10 by The CARE Foundation. Those funds are transferred directly to each school’s bookkeeper, who will generate the final check for each grantee. If your organization receives a grant from a school, it already reflects the Foundation’s match. That amount is the final amount for the grant.
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.