Community Engagement Grant Program

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Community Partners Council have collaborated to support the capacity of community-based organizations to provide relevant programming for people with disabilities and their families. The partners invite Oregon 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to apply for grants of up to $2000 to fund programming to promote the health and wellness of people with disabilities.

If you would like to receive funding opportunity announcements, send a request to

Interested applicants should read the grant guidelines linked below and review the sample application before submitting an electronic application. The sample application is for review purposes only. All applications must be submitted electronically by the application deadline.

The application is now open!

Community Engagement Grant applications are due by midnight on June 3, 2024.

2024-2025 award timeline

  • Applications are due June 3, 2024
  • Notification of award sent in September 2024
  • Funds received by the end of October 2024
  • Grant project period October 2024 to June 30, 2025

Previous awards

2022-2023 Community Engagement Grant awardees

  • Family and Community Together for expanding their All Ability Tri4Youth, a barrier-free triathlon ($1000)
  • Sarah Bellum’s Bakery and Workshop in Portland for adaptive equipment ($1000)
  • Upward Bound Camp in Gates for camp activities equipment ($1000)
  • United Cerebral Palsy Oregon for a family respite program ($1000)

2021-2022 Community Engagement Grant awardees

  • Healthy Moves for school-based fitness program ($1000)
  • L'Arche Portland for a spirituality retreat ($1000)
  • OSU Foundation IMPACT for Life fitness instructor program ($1000)
  • Providence Children's Health Foundation for Sib Shops ($1000)
  • SLLEA for their Holistic Lifestyles program ($1000)
  • The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas for Club Wellness program ($1000)

2020-2021 Community Engagement Grant awardees

  • Adventures Without Limits for program scholarships ($1000)
  • B'nai B'rith Camp for hosting inclusion counselors at camp ($1000)
  • Mainstream Housing Incorporated for advocacy product creation ($1000)
  • Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon for wellness programing ($1000)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon for therapeutic martial arts class ($1000)
  • The Arc of Benton County for cooking and community building program ($1000)

2019-2020 Community Engagement Grant awardees

  • Families Engaging and Thriving Together for Douglas County SibShops ($720)
  • Family and Community Together for All Ability Tri4Youth, a barrier-free triathlon ($1000)
  • NAMI Multnomah for Expressions through Art Sibshops ($1000)
  • Real Choice Initiative for a Care Matchmaking project ($1000)
  • The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas for Portland area SibShops ($1000)
  • UCP Oregon for a Roller Skating for All event at Oaks Park ($770)

2018-2019 Community Engagement Grant awardees

  • Hollywood Dreams for their educational workshops to build community ($1000)
  • Congregation Neveh Shalom for the creation of a sensory space for family programming ($1000)
  • United Cerebral Palsy for a Roller Skating for All event at Oaks Park ($650)
  • L'Arche Portland for a series of community events expanding west ($1000)
  • IMPACT for Life for increasing community inclusion in physical activity spaces ($1000)

Frequently asked questions

Do you have to be a 501(c)(3) to apply?

Yes. Only 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for funding at this time.

Do you provide funding for operation expenses or only for projects?

We currently only consider funding for projects. Funding for general operating expenses are not considered at this time.

What about matching or challenge grants?

We like them. If your financial request is large, we encourage you to find other sources of funding along with ours to make your goal. We encourage partnerships and collaborative efforts in grant-making.

Would you fund a long-term project, say, three to five years in length?

No, at this time, funding for projects is only one year. However, under special circumstances, a no cost extension might be considered if it met the following criteria:

  • There is a specific reason why extension of the project dates is needed.
  • This reason is not due to mismanaged finances or poor financial planning.
  • An agreement is made whereby the grant seeker will submit regular reports which would be reviewed by the CPC to determine if the criteria had been met for funds not yet spent. These criteria would be agreed upon by both parties at the onset of the grant relationship.

How do I make initial contact with your organization?

To begin, complete the online grant application process. This can be done through our website during an open cycle.

Are there any deadlines I need to know about?

Our CPC meets five times per year. Grant applications are reviewed at the quarterly meeting following the closure of the request for proposal due date. Specific dates will be included in request for proposal.

Where are you located?

We are located on the Oregon Health & Science University campus situated on Marquam Hill in Portland, Oregon.

My organization is not in the Portland metropolitan area. Can I still apply for funding?

Any non-profit organization based in Oregon and that delivers the project or services in Oregon and falls within our guidelines is of interest to us and eligible for possible funding.

Do you fund international projects?

No, not at this time.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at