Community Grant Cycle

The 2017 Community Grants Cycle is now open! 


  • Application Deadline: April 17, 2017
  • Applications are now available! (Word Document or PDF

Reminder: if you received a Grant from BCF in 2016 you need to submit an Impact Report.  


BCF will only grant to charitable organizations that are tax-exempt as a public charity under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3); governmental units; school districts; and universities.  The grant must benefit the residents of Benton County. The grant may not be used for proselytism or political purposes.  

2017 Grant Opportunities 

Focus Area Grants* ($85,000)

Multiple grants are available through BCF's 2017 Competitive Grant Cycle for programs working with families with children: 

  1. We believe that support from BCF Community Grants will benefit children in Benton County by strengthening families. 
  2. We will be looking for programs that:
    • Improve the health and wellness, including mental, physical, social and family health
    • Enhance the development of families
    • Support programs that provide basic needs, goods and services to families and/or children
    • Increase equity opportunity for families and/or children  

*For the 2017 Focus Area Grants, there is not cap on the amount that may be requested; however, preference will be given to applications for programs to be delivered by two or more organizations.  ("Collaborative Applications").  Collaborative Applications must designate a "Lead Agency" for recipient of funds and to serve as the point of contact for the grant. 

Field of Interest Grants ($6,100)

Funding is available through BCF's 2017 Competitive Grant Cycle from the following funds: 

  1. One $5,000 grant made possible from the Elizabeth Starker Cameron Memorial Fund. 
    • For this grant request we will be looking for a program that promotes the responsibility of voting and citizenship. 

      2. One $1,100 grant made possible from the Tom and Donna Allen Family Fund. 

    • For this grant request we will be looking for a program promoting the fine arts, music and drama.  

Awards must be used by June 30, 2018.  Extensions may be granted if essential to completion of the program objectives. Please include the request in your application if you know an extension will be necessary.  

Application Procedure

  • Applications for grants are available on the BCF wesbite or by contacting the Grants Manager. 
  • If you received a grant from BCF in 2016, a copy of the Grant Impact Report must be on file with the BCF office.  If not certain if on file please contact the Grants Manager. 
  • All grant applications meeting the guidelines are reviewed by the Grants Committee or appropriate subcommittee. Those applications recommended for approval are presented to the Board of Directors for final approval at a regularly scheduled board meeting. 
  • Your grant application may be shared with Benton Community Foundation donors or other potential funders.
  • Completed applications with supporting documents should be mailed to You will receive an email confirming receipt. 
  • Deadline for all applications will be 5:00pm on April 17, 2017. 
  • For the 2017 cycle, all applicants should be notified of their status by May 31st. 
  • All grant recipients must sign an award contract.  This must be signed by an authorized representative of the organization and includes program language as specified in the grant application.  The check will be issued within 14 days of receipt of signed award contract. 
  • All recipients must submit a grant impact report by August 31, 2018.  These reports may be submitted prior to this date provided the funds have been used. The report form and directions will be issued with the check, available on our website and/or by contacting BCF Staff.  Due to the nature of some programs funded, extensions for the impact report deadline can be granted. 


For additional information concerning grants or Benton Community Foundation please visit our Grants & Scholarships page, or contact the Foundation staff and/or the Grants Manager,

2016 Community Grant Cycle Recipients 

The funding opportunities for the 2016 competitive grant cycle were: Programs working with families with children, programs promoting fine arts, music or drama, programs promoting the responsibility of voting and citizenship. The graph below shows the distribution of funds based on need for the 2016 community grants cycle. 

2016 BCF Competitive Grant Cycle

If you received a grant from BCF in 2016 please complete the 2016 Impact Report by August 31, 2017 and email it to The 2016 Grant Impact Report is available as a MS Word file. If your organization received a grant of $1,000 or above, you will be required to complete a mid-year progress report that will be due February 1, 2017.


2016 Competitive Grant Cycle Recipients

ABC House for Community Education for Benton County Youth and Adults

Alsea Valley Gleaners for helping low-income and elderly with food

Assistance League of Corvallis (ALC) for Operation School Bell (OSB) hygiene kits

Benton Furniture Share for providing beds for children

Benton Hospice Service for bereavement services supporting grieving families

Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis for Summer Club scholarships

CASA - Voices for Children for the Advocacy Center

Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County for Immigration and Citizenship Awareness (in Spanish)

Coastal Range Food Bank, Inc. for the Coastal Range Food Program

Community Outreach, Inc. for a child support specialist

Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center for Women's Self-sufficiency Fund

Corvallis Environmental Center for the Corvallis Farm to School Program

Corvallis Parks & Recreation for Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Summer Program

Corvallis - OSU Symphony Society for the 2017 Children's Concert for 4th and 5th graders to learn and hear classical music

Heart of the Valley Children's Choir for scholarships for youth to join the Community Children's Choir

Kings Valley Community Trust for the Kings Valley Community Action Plan

LOVE Inc. of Benton County for the School Supply Give Away for Teachers

Mary's River Gleaner Association for ongoing operations

Old Mill Center for Children and Families for bi-monthly foster grandparent support group

Philomath Youth Activities Club for providing services and programs to families in financial need

Produce for the People for food garden education

South Benton Community Enhancement Association for Read on Wheels, a literacy summer program for rural children

South Benton County Gleaners to provide assistance to low income families

STEM Academy at OSU for STEM Academy Camp scholarship funding

Strengthening Rural Families for Rural Family Support & Engagement

Vina Moses Center for the Back to School Program

WE CARE (Corvallis Benton County Council of Religious Organizations) for providing emergency assistance to Benton County residents 

Women's Rental Assistance Program (program of Corvallis Housing First) for Women's Rental Assistance Program

Worldwide Outreach for Jeni's Place- Alsea Food Bank


2016 Initiatives 

Guthrie/Milsap Summer Youth Employment Initiative

BCF is proud to have again partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis ("BGCC") for a youth employment initiative. This is the fourth year of this collaborative summer youth employment initiative. In the summer of 2013 with BCF support and funding, BGCC, the Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Osborn Aquatic Center, and the Community Services Consortium successfully matriculated 8 teens through BGCC's pilot of T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow, previously known as Measures of Success. These 8 teens completed workforce training, interviewed with potential employers, accepted summer employment, and earned their first paychecks.

T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow is a phased-based, targeted, teen education and employment program that prepares youth with 21st Century skills to support and align academics with future career pathways and industry trends. The program also is a good match with the donor intent expressed in BCF's Guthrie and Millsap Endowed Funds.

BCF granted the distributable income from these funds to BGCC again in 2016 with the goals of raising the number of teens employed by the program and expanding the types of employment available to participants.

Lagestee Regional Initiative

Harry & Lorraine Lagestee generously supported Philomath and Corvallis organizations in their lifetimes and their Community Fund continues this support. Their fund is specific to the Philomath, Blodgett, Alsea and Summit communities to support families in crisis. BCF brought together many of the nonprofits already working in these areas for a collaborative approach to helping this region. With the leadership and coordination of Strengthening Rural Families this group has set three goals for this year: support of direct services for families and individuals, engaging in a resource and needs analysis, and a coordination of services between the organizations to improve navigation and access. The initiative cycle runs from July to June. We are happy to be able to partner and support the work done by this collaborative group.