Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit a grant application to the Opus Community Foundation?
We recently transitioned from accepting proposals on a rolling basis to having grant cycles in order to make sure that every application receives the care and attention it deserves. Thank you for your understanding. We will now be accepting grant applications February 1 - March 16 and again July 9 - September 14 via the online grant application portal. Please only apply one time per calendar year. Final grant decisions are made by The Opus Community Foundation Board of Directors within three months of the deadline date and awarded shortly thereafter. We will likely have more than one meeting during the review period so it is possible that there will be more than one grant announcement. Organizations may apply one time annually for funding; however, groups awarded 3 consecutive years might be asked to observe a one-year hiatus before receiving another donation.
Do you accept hardcopy applications via mail?
We no longer accept mailed hardcopy applications. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted through the Foundation's online grant application portal.
Is there a standard level of support you provide?
Although grants range in amount, the average grant size is around $5,000. We look for grant-making opportunities where we feel we can truly make an impact within that giving range. However, many factors are considered during our review of each organization’s request and information submitted. The majority of applications submitted are worthy of funding and serve an important need in the community, but we cannot fund all of them and must choose between them.
Do you have geographical grant making restrictions, i.e. do you fund organizations outside the United States?
We focus on areas where Opus Bank is an integral part of the neighboring business community and we have a physical location (not just an ATM). Currently that includes regions in Washington, Arizona, Oregon, and California. Please refer to Opus Bank's location finder to determine your organization's proximity to these regions.
Why do you ask for all this information?
In order to conduct a review, we need to be informed about and understand your agency. Also, as a foundation, we are required by the Internal Revenue Service to maintain files on all the nonprofits we fund.
If my organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity status is pending, can I still submit a grant application?
No, you must have a current tax-exempt status.
Can you fund community organizations other than 501(c)(3) agencies?
No, the Opus Community Foundation can only provide financial support to 501(c)(3) organizations.
You asked if we could provide a grant performance report, highlights, or an update. Could you clarify how you want to be kept informed?
Any follow ups or grant reports (that may have been assigned to your organization in the system automatically) are usually not required and up to your discretion. We are really trying to save you time and resources so you are able to direct your attention to the most important things - your clients and initiatives. If you do decide to provide us with feedback on how things went, you can send an email, photos, handwritten note, impact report or by by submitting something through our “follow ups” tab by logging into your account on our online grant application portal.
If turned down for a grant, can I reapply?
It depends. If you were turned down because of Opus Community Foundation budget restrictions, there might be an opportunity the following year, especially as our foundation grows. If however you are clearly outside our giving guidelines, then chances are we would not fund you. Keep in mind that all applications are kept on file in case we are able to fund you later in the year. Most of the time there is absolutely nothing wrong with your application. It is simply because we have a limited budget and have to make tough decisions.
If I should receive a grant from Opus Community Foundation, and wish to apply again in the future, will I need to submit another request?
Yes, the information should be updated each year. Please keep in mind that we only accept one application per organization, per year.
What if my nonprofit organization is a client of Opus Bank?
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.
How can I contact Opus Community Foundation if I have questions?
Questions can be sent to GrantApps@opuscf.org