Mini Grants

Mini-Grant Funding Pause

Starting October 26, 2021, we will temporarily pause mini-grant funding to assess our process with the Regional Health Improvement Plan priority area workgroups.

We plan to re-open mini-grant funding in early 2022.

Please stay tuned to this page for updates.

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

Mini Grant applications will be reviewed monthly by people from Central Oregon who are part of our workgroups, which are open to the public.

Review Cycle (25th of each month): Applications submitted by the 25th of a month will be notified of a decision by the 15th of the next month.  Applications submitted AFTER the 25th of a month will be added to the review cycle for the next month and will be notified of a decision the month after. (Example: An application submitted on June 26th will be notified of a decision on August 15th).

Before applying for a Mini Grant, please read the Eligibility Section on our How to Apply Page.


Examples of potential Mini Grant projects include:

  • Partnerships that build trust, shared values and understanding
  • Cross-sector collaborations to mobilize around a certain issue
  • Expansion of services to marginalized populations (ex. translation, travel, outreach)
  • Seed money for planning joint projects
  • Organization or community assessments
  • Technical assistance or support (ex. consulting, software platform)
  • Convening opportunities (ex. summit)
  • Organizational development (ex. 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 (cycle was open only from March 2020-March 2021, and alignment with the current RHIP was not required).

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