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Community Giving Program Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Educational, Economic, and Community Development

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Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington nonprofit organizations to benefit communities where the funding source has a business presence. Funding is intended for direct-services programming in the areas of educational attainment and economic opportunity. Priorities for each of these areas are outlined below.

Educational Attainment (65-70 percent of grants):

Umpqua Bank looks for programs that create opportunities for early childhood and K-12 youth that fulfill their educational experience, promote their well-being and inspire them to reach their full potential. Successful applications are focused on helping to close the achievement gap and are able to show exactly how this is achieved. All applications in these categories should focus on youth from birth to age 18.

- Early childhood learning: helping youth to prepare for success in kindergarten
- Childhood hunger: ensuring children under the age of 18 have consistent and convenient access to food
- Literacy and math achievement benchmarks: preparing students to meet key academic achievement benchmarks, including 3rd grade reading and 8th grade math
- Financial education: teaching young people about money, budgeting, and the financial system
- Parent engagement and support: providing parents with the tools and resources needed to help their children prepare for and be successful in school
- College, tech and career readiness: working with students to guide and develop a path that will take the student beyond high school graduation
- Positive youth development: engaging students in activities outside of the classroom so that later they are better able to focus inside the classroom
- Arts access for youth: bringing arts education to youth through multi-dimensional learning

Economic Opportunity:

Umpqua Bank’s contributions are made to organizations that promote stability in local neighborhoods, through assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals and families.

- Affordable housing: increase the availability of long-term affordable housing in our communities
- Economic development: working with entrepreneurs to start or expand small businesses or working with adults to build skills for employability
- Adult financial education: providing classes for adults to increase their knowledge and skills around their own finances
- Community revitalization programming: building a community’s infrastructure through main street revitalizations and other similar projects

Community Giving helps nonprofits better serve their local communities, with awards specifically for direct-service programs which track the progress of the individuals participating in the program. These programs meet a community need as identified by the nonprofit organization and show the evaluated success of the program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178873

Number of Grants:

250-270 grants per year across 5 states.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Umpqua Bank will make gifts in the general range of $2,500 to $10,000, with an average of $4,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

Umpqua Bank is less likely to make multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be made to qualified, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations for work done in communities where bank associates have a presence. See the link in Grant Coverage Areas below to look up community eligibility.

Umpqua Bank is less likely to:
- Make gifts for general purpose or operating support.
- Make gifts over $10,000.
- Make gifts directly or indirectly to governmental organizations.

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation will not accept Community Giving requests for:
- General purpose or operating support
- Event or performance sponsorships (see Umpqua Bank’s Sponsorships guidelines for inquiries about these funding opportunities)
- Activities providing Umpqua Bank with any tangible benefits in exchange for the grant
- Capital requests (bricks and mortar, technology upgrades, equipment, vehicles, building upgrades)
- Programs that center around animals, outdoor recreation, athletics, or health/disease-related topics
- Endowment funds or re-granting programs
- Debt retirement or deficit funding
- Political lobbying or campaigns
- Religious activities or organizations that include religion in services provided
- Memberships in civic organizations or trade associations
- Scholarship programs
- Parades
- Trips or tours

Umpqua Bank respects and values diversity. Organizations seeking financial support from Umpqua Bank are asked to verify that their programs and services are offered without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, regulation, or ordinance. Your application submission validates your adherence to this policy.

Pre-Application Information:

-Requests received by December 31: decisions will be communicated in March.
-Requests received by March 31: decisions will be communicated in June.
-Requests received by June 30: decisions will be communicated in September.
-Requests received by September 30: decisions will be communicated in December.

Please note: Occasionally due to volume, the Foundation will notify applicants later than the timeline above.

Generally speaking, nonprofit applicants may submit only one application per 12-month period to Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s giving programs, including the grants and sponsorships programs. An exception may be made in cases where an applicant from a smaller community serves as the umbrella for multiple programs, and acquiring separate 501(c)(3) status for each would be impractical. Please contact the Foundation if you believe your organization qualifies for this exception.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Your cover letter should be considered a supplemental addition to your application. Please include a full description of your program in the “Project Description” section. Cover letters can be addressed to:

Board of Directors
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
1 SW Columbia St., Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97258

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California;   Idaho;   Nevada;   Oregon;   Washington