We believe our home court extends far beyond the arena. Everything we do in our lives makes an impact, so join us in our efforts to protect our planet and our community to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. We are always looking for innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact and inspire the next generation to do the same.
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 ‘LIVE’ focus area, these are organizations throughout Oregon that are engaging youth with the environment. It is in all of our best interests to reduce our environmental impacts. At the Moda Center we focus on reducing our waste, water and energy use, transportation impacts, and on sourcing local and sustainable food. The LIVE grant funds organizations that reflect our commitment to reducing our impact across these areas with their youth programming. If your organization connects youth to the environment in a way that either helps him/her protect it, reduce their impact on it, and/or learn job skills related to it, the LIVE grant could be a great fit for you.
Through our LIVE grant we give
- Grants of up to $10,000
- To organizations with a mission or primary goal of engaging historically under-served youth with the environment. Additionally, if your organization's mission does not completely align, but you have specific programming that supports these goals, we also invite you to apply.
- Unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations serving youth in Oregon or Clark County, Washington
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 the environment. As an example – the skills gained at an outdoor camp on a student’s resume helped him/her land a parks job after graduating from high school, or growing vegetables through your program teaches youth and their family how to grow produce that gets sent home with them, etc.
- 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
- Private foundations
- 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.