Last year, the Trail Blazers Foundation granted over $300,000 to 46 organizations across Oregon and SW Washington that support underserved kids and families where they live, learn, and play.

In partnership with Oregon Community Foundation, we’re excited to offer nonprofits the opportunity to apply for two-year funding for the first time. Organizations that receive funding this year will receive a request for information in Spring 2019 and if they continue with programming and remain in good standing, additional funding is available. This means applications for Live, Learn, and Play grants won’t be accepted again until Spring 2020.

Apply March, 1 2018 - April, 30 2018


Last year, we funded 14 nonprofit organizations through our Learn grants to provide general operating or programming support for engaging youth on their journey to and through high school.

Previous grant recipients are listed below.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley - Supporting the Be GREAT by 8th program, which helps primarily Latino middle school age youth gain the confidence and skills they need over 24 weeks to believe in themselves so they can achieve success in school and in life.

Building Blocks to Success - Supporting after school STEM curriculum to get ethnically and gender diverse at-risk youth from North and Northeast Portland on track for high school and higher education.

College Dreams - Funding "100 Dreamers Project" to help enroll 100 new low-income, minority, and other underrepresented youth in the College & Career Preparation Program to provide weekly services and mentoring in preparation for higher education.

College Possible - Supporting low-income rural students across the state of Oregon by utilizing a near-peer model of mentorship and an intensive curriculum that guides students through every stage of the college-going process.

Friends of the Children - Supporting youth with paid, professional, highly trained mentors to partner with youth from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Heart of Oregon Corps - Providing opportunities for unemployed, out of school youth to reclaim their education to earn their high school diploma or GED, gain the skills needed for employment, and become leaders in their communities.

Jackson Street Youth Services - Providing homeless youth a safe place to stay while facilitating their ability to finish high school and generate plans for self-sufficiency.

Kids Unlimited Oregon - Helping close the achievement gap for children of poverty through a seven-day a week ‘out of school time’ academic and enrichment program.

Maslow Project - Maslow Project provides wrap-around support services to homeless youth - ages 0-21 - and their families in Jackson and Josephine County, Oregon; with an overarching goal of keeping kids engaged and successful in school.

New Avenues for Youth - Supporting SMYRC to create safe, welcoming, supportive spaces for LGBTQ students at school so they can learn, thrive, and graduate.

Open School - Supporting the Step-Up Program to successfully intervene in the academic and personal lives of high potential Portland area youth who enter high school at a high risk of dropping out and/or not graduating on time by providing them with an advocate and mentoring services to help them complete their education.

Portland YouthBuilders - Providing curriculum to reinforce postsecondary educational expectations, vocational training reflecting real workforce standards, and counseling and life skills training to strengthen professional habits and personal stability and growth.

Self Enhancement, Inc. - Building positive relationships and providing a wrap-around system of support to prepare African American and underserved students to complete high school.

The Black United Fund of Oregon, Inc. - Improving equitable educational opportunities for low-income, minority, and underserved students for over a decade through scholarship assistance, one-on-one mentoring, college visits, financial workshops, and essay writing workshops.


The Trail Blazers are committed to seeing all youth graduate from high school by supporting programs, investing resources, and raising awareness of successful youth and the schools and organizations that help them effectively navigate their academic journeys.

Nonprofit organizations should apply for only ONE of the grant opportunities listed below based on fit with their organization’s mission or program focus, so if you apply for this LEARN grant, please do not submit a grant for the LIVE or PLAY grants.


One of the ways the Trail Blazers invests in our region is by providing cash grants through our foundation to organizations that fit our mission. When it comes to our ‘LEARN’ focus area, these are organizations throughout Oregon and Washington that are supporting youth in their journey to and through high school.

Through our LEARN grant we give

  • Grants of up to $10,000
  • Unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations serving youth in Oregon or Clark County, Washington
  • To organizations with a mission or primary goal of supporting historically under-served youth graduate from high school.
  • To organizations that have proven connections to high school graduation, including the educational benchmarks that lead to this outcome - for example, ensuring that third graders are reading at grade level, improving attendance, helping support the 8th-9th grade transition, etc.
  • To organizations that are able to show – either through quantitative or qualitative means – that the existence of their program has made a difference in the lives of youth in connection high school graduation. For example, maybe youth through your program are mentees, and because of their mentor's influence, they graduate at higher rates than their counterparts.

We prioritize organizations that

  • Work with youth who are coming from communities that have been historically underserved based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, sexual orientation, or other factors.
  • Represent geographic diversity. Since we raise money from fans across the state for the Trail Blazers Foundation, it is important for us to give back to communities throughout the state.
  • Are able to show – either through quantitative or qualitative means – that the existence of their program has made a difference in the lives of youth in connection to high school graduation
  • Are directly serving youth and families
  • Have not received funding from the Trail Blazers Foundation in the past year

We are not able to give to

  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Schools
  • Government entities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, or ethnicity, or politically or religiously affiliated organizations