Mini Grants

Mini-Grant Funding

**UPDATED: 6/26/24 **

Beginning April 1, 2022, some or all of the Regional Health Improvement Plan workgroups accepted mini grant applications for up to $5,000 for their associated Future State Measures.

From April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024, organizations can apply to receive mini grants up to a maximum of $30,000 in mini grant funding, as funds are available. 

The following Workgroup is accepting Mini Grant applications at this time:

Upstream Prevention: Promotion of Individual Well-Being

What Is a Mini Grant?

Mini grants of up to $5,000 are available to support work in Central Oregon that improves equity and builds capacity to address the Future State measures in the Regional Health Improvement Plan. The information here will tell you what types of projects we fund and why we fund them.

Capacity Building

Central Oregon Health Council champions diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our work culture, grant making, and community partnerships. Inequalities based on geography, age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, culture, disabilities, immigration status, faith, gender identity, and sexual orientation, along with income and wealth inequalities, prevent us from fully realizing our vision of creating a healthier Central Oregon.

Therefore, we aim to build capacity in communities that have been marginalized, including but not only people of color, tribes, rural communities, immigrants, persons with disabilities, older adults, and LGBTQ individuals.

Capacity building means to strengthen the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources that our regional organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world (Philbin, 1996).

Information for Applicants

Review Cycle

Mini grant applications will be reviewed monthly by people from Central Oregon who are part of our workgroups, which are open to the public. Applications submitted by the 25th of the month will be notified of a decision by the 30th of the next month. Applications submitted after the 25th of a month will be added to the review cycle for the following month and will be notified of a decision the month after. (For example, an application submitted on June 26 will be notified of a decision on August 30).

Before applying for a mini grant, please read the Eligibility section on our How to Apply page.

Examples of Mini Grant Projects

  • Partnerships that build trust, shared values, and understanding
  • Cross-sector collaborations to mobilize around an issue
  • Expansion of services to marginalized populations (e.g., translation, travel, outreach)
  • Seed money for planning joint projects
  • Organization or community assessments
  • Technical assistance or support (e.g., consulting, software platform)
  • Convening opportunities (e.g., summit)
  • Organizational development (e.g., training programs, leadership development)
  • Advocacy, outreach, and marketing
  • Public health crises

Click here to view instructions for mini grants, our applicant checklist, and the scoring matrix that will be used to evaluate your mini grant.

To submit an application, visit our How to Apply page.

To see examples of previously funded mini grants, view the reports from the 2020-2024 Regional Health Improvement Plan.

We also have final reports from the COVID-19 emergency mini grants (a cycle open only from March 2020 to March 2021, in which alignment with the current RHIP was not required).

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