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


We were pleased to fund 17 nonprofit organizations last season through our Live grants to provide general operating or programming support for organizations engaging youth with the environment.

Previous grant recipients are listed below.

APANO Communities United Fund - Empowering Asian Pacific Islander youth by offering them new experiences and skills in building environmental stewardship through youth meetings and nature excursions.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation - Supporting CE, a leading edge clean energy and career connected education program that prepares the next generation to lead a clean energy future and create thriving, resilient communities.

Camp ELSO Inc. - Training and inspiring confident future science and environmental leaders of color through STEM education and career opportunities.

Dairy Creek Community Food Web - Installing and enhancing school gardens to improve and encourage environmental stewardship, connection to place, and support local food security.

FoodCorps - Connecting Oregon children to real food and the environment through experiential, garden-enhanced education.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington - Increasing the connection between underserved Latina girls and the outdoors through family day camps.

Janus Youth Programs, Inc. - Building community cohesion in North Portland affordable housing developments through the operation of a youth-run, certified organic, 2.5 acre farm business that links food security and land conservation.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership - Providing underserved students with real-world science including a hands-on outdoor project that improves habitat and increases their personal connection to local natural areas.

North Fork John Day Watershed Council - Providing teens and young adults of Grant County, Oregon the opportunity to obtain job skills in the natural resource industry.

Northwest Youth Corps - Enhancing an academic and training program where youth and young adults will learn to protect, restore and enhance public lands throughout Oregon and the Northwest while receiving academic credits.

School Garden Project of Lane County - Supporting the school-day Science in the Garden education program to improve knowledge of science and natural systems in elementary aged students.

The Blueprint Foundation - Facilitating a mentoring program that uses site-based learning, environmental stewardship and student-driven community education initiatives to diversify the green movement.

Tualatin Riverkeepers - Enhancing environmental education to provide hands-on field trips for 600 students from Title 1 schools and culturally-specific organizations.

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council - Engaging community members in stream restoration and stewardship activities while educating and engaging children in environmental education and stewardship.

Verde - Funding the Living Cully Habitat program, designed to educate Cully youth and families as well as improve water quality and habitat by designing and building new raingardens for low-income households.

Vive Northwest - Providing valuable information and outdoor experiences to Latino youth to empower them to live a healthier and more engaged lifestyle while creating career development opportunities and fostering a sense of ownership and stewardship towards the environment.

World Salmon Council - Improving scientific and environmental literacy by providing hands-on outdoor learning experiences and stewardship projects.