Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit a grant application to the Opus Community Foundation?
Click here to access the Opus Community Foundation's online grant application portal.
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.
When are your grant application deadlines and when should we expect to hear back?
We do not have specific deadlines; instead we accept applications for requests of $10,000 or less on a rolling basis. Requests of greater than $10,000 are accepted by invitation only. You will be notified when you are awarded a grant. All applications are kept on file so if you have not heard anything, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be funded.
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. 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?
After we choose to support an organization, we like to get feedback on how things went. This could be through a site visit, pictures, an impact report, or a variety of other ways. For example, if you asked us to fund a children’s play area, take a picture when it’s been completed. Let us know how it helped your organization and the community. We are more likely to fund you again in the future if you keep us informed, especially if there were glitches.
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. If you have not heard back right away, it does not mean that you have been denied.
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, and that you should wait at least one full calendar year between submitting grant requests.
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