Community Grants

BCF Community Grants focus on local funding opportunities that are tailored to support the long term success of children, youth and families throughout Benton County. BCF does fund capacity and capital projects but the project must also fit within one of the priority areas below. All grant requests must be for a program which supports the growth and success of children, youth, and families in Benton County and fit within one of the following priorities:

  • Arts and Culture  (e.g. art programs, musical opportunities for youth)
  • Basic Needs  (e.g. school supplies, emergency food)
  • Investing in Youth  (e.g. education, mentorship, early literacy, scholarships)
  • Science, Technology and the Environment (e.g. nature and technology focused summer camps or after school programs)

Please see the FAQs and Competitive Grant Cycle Review Process for more information. For additional information concerning grants or the Benton Community Foundation please feel free to contact the Foundation at 541-753-1603.

2020 Community Grant recipients

Basic Needs

  • ABC House, Child Abuse Prevention Training Outreach
  • Alsea Food Bank, Jeni’s Place
  • Coastal Range Food Bank, Inc., Food Assistance and Nutrition Project
  • Corvallis First United Methodist Church, Room at the Inn, Case manager
  • Community Outreach, Inc., Mari’s Place
  • South Corvallis Food Bank, Emergency Food Boxes

Investing in Youth

  • Corvallis Community Children’s Centers, Kitchen Floors
  • Philomath Youth Activities Club, Homework club
  • Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Transportation for Relief Nursery in Monroe
  • CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates, Giving Hope to Our Most Vulnerable Population
  • Boost Oregon, Immunization Education Materials

Arts and Culture

  • South Benton Community Enhancement, Art in The Park
  • Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, The Intermezzo Project

Science, Technology, and the Environment

  • Corvallis Parks and Recreation, WILD: Increasing Environmental Literacy in Corvallis Youth and Families

Elizabeth Starker Cameron Civic Engagement Grant

  • Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, Civic Engagement with Underrepresented Populations

2019 Community Grant recipients

Investing in Youth

  • Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Transportation for Isolated Youth
  • Casa Latinos Unidos, Building Youth Leadership Through Photovoice and Action Planning
  • CASA – Voices for Children, Giving Voice to the Invisible Child
  • Corvallis Environmental Center, Connecting Youth and Food
  • Corvallis/Albany NAACP, Supporting Children and Youth of Color
  • Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Monroe Relief Nursery
  • Philomath Youth Activities Club, Homework Club
  • Strengthening Rural Families, Kindergarten Readiness Support

Arts and Culture

  • Benton County Historical Society, Corvallis Museum Children’s Interactive Display
  • South Benton Community Enhancement, Art in the Park

Basic Needs

  • Alsea Food Bank- Jeni’s Place
  • Community Outreach, Inc., Mari’s Place
  • Corvallis High School Key Club, Food Box Project
  • South Benton Food Pantry, Plant-based Nutrition Class

Capacity Building

  • A Family for Every Child
  • Alsea Community Effort, Alsea Emergency Operations Center

Science, Technology, and the Environment

  • Oregon State University – STEM Academy, STEM Academy Camp Scholarship Funding

2018 Community Grant recipients

Investing in Youth

  • CASA – Voices for Children, A Voice for Every Child
  • Corvallis Parks and Recreation – Osborn Aquatic Center, Preschool Water Safety Outreach
  • Muddy Creek Charter School Library, Muskrats Love Literacy
  • Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Promoting Early Literacy for Families in Need
  • Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, Foster Grandparent Program
  • South Benton Community Enhancement, Read on Wheels

Arts and Culture

  • Cornerstone Associates, Inc., We find ourselves in the place just right: A Shaker Songbook
  • Corvallis Community Band, Educational Concert for Fourth Grade Students
  • Corvallis Repertory Singers, Increasing Access and Participation
  • South Benton Community Enhancement, Art in the Park

Basic Needs

  • ABC House, Family Support Services
  • Alsea Food Bank, Jeni’s Place
  • Benton Habitat for Humanity, Home Repair Initiative
  • Benton Furniture Share, Beds for Kids
  • Coastal Range Food Bank, Inc., Food Assistance and Nutrition Program
  • Mary’s River Gleaners, Food Buy & Maintenance
  • Vina Moses Center, Back to School Program

Capacity Building

  • Alsea Community Effort, Alsea Emergency Operations Center
  • Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, Citizenship Support for Immigrants
  • First United Methodist Church, Room at the Inn – Case Management
  • Jackson Street Youth Services, Crisis Line & Phone System Upgrade
  • Philomath Community Services, Design and Construct Wall
  • South Benton County Gleaners, Infrastructure at food distribution site

Science, Technology, and the Environment

  • Chintimini Wildlife Center, Oregon Wildlife Science/Corvallis School District Pilot Program
  • Oregon State University – STEM Academy, STEM Academy Camp Scholarship Funding

2017 Community Grant Recipients

Investing in Youth

  • Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Summer Scholarships
  • College Hill High School, Summer Farm Program
  • Corvallis Environmental Center, Healthy Schools Imitative
  • Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Therapeutic and Educational Support Program
  • Philomath Youth Activities Club, Scholarship Program
  • South Benton Community Enhancement, Read on Wheels and Art in the Park

Arts and Culture

  • Cornerstone Associates and WINGS, “Rock the Heart and Soul”
  • Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Symphony Performance for 4th and 5th grade students

Basic Needs

  • Jackson Street Youth Services, Next Steps Program
  • Stone Soup, Food Program
  • Vina Moses, Back to School Program
  • Assistance League of Corvallis, Coats for Operation School Bell

Capacity Building and Capital Projects

  • Community Outreach Inc, Children’s Services
  • Mid-Valley Harvest, Food Harvest Program
  • Philomath Community Services, Purchase and install lift
  • Room at the Inn, Case Management
  • Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, Educational Workshops

Science, Technology and the Environment

  • STEM Academy, Scholarship Program