Receiving Funding & Support

Groups seeking funding from the Salem Foundation may apply through a grant application process. Grant requests are entertained during two application cycles each year and are reviewed carefully by the Foundation’s Distribution Committee. See our Frequently Asked Questions below for more specifics.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who may apply for a grant from the Salem Foundation?
A: Applicants must be charitable, 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental agencies.

Q: What size grant does the Salem Foundation award?
A: Most grants fall in the range of $1,000-$5,000. The average grant is about $1,500.

Q: What types of projects does the Foundation support?
A: The foundation supports a variety of projects. We encourage you to apply!

Q: Are any types of projects excluded?
A: The Committee is not currently entertaining requests for capital projects and does not typically provide funding for staff positions.

Q: Does the Foundation serve a particular locale?
A: Yes, the project must serve the greater Salem Oregon area.

Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: December 1 and May 1.

Q: What should I include in my application packet?
A: Please include the following items (in one PDF document if applying electronically):

  • Project Narrative (1-2 pages)
  • Project Budget (include other grant funding requested and/or received)
  • Most recent fiscal year end financials
  • Year-to-date financials
  • List of Board of Directors and affiliations
  • Copy of 501(c)(3) letter and documentation of any changes in the name of the organization

Q: How many copies of the packet should I send in?
A: If you apply electronically, the Salem Foundation will handle document distribution. If you apply via printed application, we require one (1) copy for distribution.

Q: How can I be sure that my grant request packet meets the deadline?
A: If you apply electronically, your eligibility will be determined by the timestamp of the message. If you apply via printed application, You may hand-deliver your packet to our Main Branch on or before the deadline, or your packet may be postmarked on or before the deadline.

Q: Where should I send my grant request packet if I choose to not submit electronically?
A: Pioneer Trust Bank, N.A., Trustee
The Salem Foundation
P.O. Box 2305
Salem, OR 97308-2305

Q: Where should I hand-deliver my packet if I choose to not submit electronically?
A: Pioneer Trust Bank, N.A.
109 Commercial Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97301

Q: When can I expect to hear whether my grant request was approved?
A: For the December 1 grant cycle, you should receive a response by the middle of February. For the May 1 grant cycle, you should receive a response by mid-July.

Q: I have additional questions that weren’t covered here. Who do I talk to?
A: For help with further questions, please contact us or call us at 503-480-1881.

The Salem Foundation Grant Application

  • Include population served and number served in a year
  • Please attach the following in up to 3 documents:

    • Project Narrative (1-2 pages)
    • Project Budget (include other grant funding requested and/or received)
    • Most recent fiscal year end financials
    • Year-to-date financials
    • List of Board of Directors and affiliations
    • Copy of 501(c)(3) letter and documentation of any changes in the name of the organization
    • Please combine all documents into up to 3 PDFs before uploading. File size may not exceed 64 MB.
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