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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
Please review our Focus Areas page to ensure that your request falls within the Opus Community Foundation objectives and giving guidelines.
The Opus Community Foundation only funds qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Grant applications for requests up to $10,000 are accepted on a rolling basis and there are no specific deadlines. Grant requests of greater than $10,000 are considered at the discretion of the Board of Directors and are accepted by invitation only.
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.*
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 or fraternal organizations
- Private foundations
- Disease-specific causes or organizations
- Golf tournaments, athletic events, leagues or team sponsorships
- School-affiliated orchestra, band, choir, student trips, or tours
- Fundraising activities, galas, luncheons/dinners, or advertising sponsorships
- Conferences, workshops, exhibits, surveys, or consumer interest groups
- Endowments, capital, or building campaigns
- Organizations that collect funds for redistribution to other nonprofit groups
- Agencies, projects, or programs primarily financed by government sources
The Opus Community Foundation cannot and will not purchase tickets to events, although complimentary tickets or sponsorship recognition may be accepted for the purpose of stewardship, introductions, or due diligence.
Any relationship your organization or board members may have with Opus Bank as a prospective, current, or past client has no bearing on any grant requests to the Opus Community Foundation and will not affect the outcome of a funding decision. We are separate entities and do not condone quid pro quo.
*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.