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Grant Application Guidelines
The Opus Community Foundation welcomes and encourages grant proposals from organizations that support its objectives and are within the service areas of Opus Bank. Please read this information carefully. It will assist you in determining if you meet our funding requirements and will help with the actual preparation of your organization's request.
Grant Eligibility and Considerations
The Opus Community Foundation only funds qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there are no specific deadlines.
Although grants range from $250 to $25,000, the average grant size is $5,000. We look for opportunities that we feel we can truly make an impact within that giving range.
The organization must be fiscally sound and demonstrate strong administrative discipline and skills.
Site visits are typically required before funding decisions are made.
Preference is given to organizations serving communities where an Opus Bank office is located.
Additional consideration is given to proposals that are beneficial and targeted to low- or moderate-income ("LMI") persons or communities.*
It is best, although not required, to mail one hardcopy of the application to the address provided, and e-mail an electronic version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An agency, approved for funding, is not considered automatically for funding the following year. Updated documents, plans and requests are required.
The Opus Community Foundation does not fund religious, political, fraternal organizations, private foundations, individuals, or disease specific causes or organizations.
Rarely does the Opus Community Foundation sponsor events. We prefer our dollars go directly towards the cause/program/project.
The Opus Community Foundation cannot and will not purchase tickets to events, although complimentary tickets may be accepted for the purpose of stewardship, introductions, or due diligence.
Download the Opus Community Foundation Grant Application here.
*LMI PERSONS OR COMMUNITIES
Additional consideration will be given to proposals that are targeted to LMI persons or communities. In general, the purpose of these grants is to fund community based organizations in their community development efforts. LMI is defined as less than 80% of an area's median income. The Opus Community Foundation may ask for documentation that indicates the project benefits LMI persons or communities.