The Trail Blazers are dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families where they live, learn, and play.


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

Deadline and Timeline

  • Applications accepted beginning February 2017
  • The application deadline is Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • All grants will be evaluated in May and announced in June
  • Funds will be distributed to recipients by June 30, 2017


If your organization aligns with these guidelines and you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete the application below clearly and concisely. Once you begin the application, you will NOT be able to save your progress, so be ready to complete it in its entirety before submitting.