Yes! CommuniCare is fully prepared to support the remote learning needs of all schools in the upcoming school year. There may be some slight changes to the grant application process to accommodate the academic calendars of our school partners, but we will keep the nonprofit community updated as we know more. We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.
Applications can be submitted through the website between November 16th and December 31st, 2020. 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.
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.
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.
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 750 words 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 (December 31, 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 2019-2020 school year, they must request a special exemption letter on your behalf.
Every dollar the students raise 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.