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PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW DEADLINES:
In order to give every application the care and attention it deserves, we recently are transitioned from accepting grants on a rolling basis to having grant cycles. This year we will be accepting proposals: February 4 - March 22and again September 2 - September 27. Please only apply one time per calendar year.
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
We will be accepting proposals: February 4 - March 22 and again September 2 - September 27.
The Opus Community Foundation only funds qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Our average grant size is $5,000. Grant requests of greater than $10,000 are considered at the discretion of the Board of Directors and are accepted by invitation only.
Preference is given to organizations serving communities where a physical 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.*
Often times, if an organization has received funding for three consecutive years we will ask that they take a one year hiatus.
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
- K-12 schools or school districts
- 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.