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 16 nonprofit organizations through our Play grants presented by Nike to provide general operating or programming support that gets kids active.

Previous grant recipients are listed below.

Adelante Mujeres - Supporting Chica’s Soccer Academy for more than 200 Latina girls.

Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre - Providing dance and performance training to build self-worth, strength of their culture, and success through dance.

Bicycle Re-Source of Bend - Donating refurbished bicycles to underserved children for recreation, as well as providing important community services in the areas of bicycle maintenance, safety and education.

Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties - Supporting the Triple Play Program to increase low-income youth's ability to live a healthy lifestyle and prevent obesity.

Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County - Delivering programming in Mexican Folk Dance so Latino youth expand knowledge of their ethnic roots while acquiring folk dance skills to develop their physical health, promote cultural pride, a positive sense of belonging, and an enhanced sense of self-esteem.

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. - Supporting the Riveria Activity Center for the rural Grande Ronde Valley providing youth with year-round opportunities to engage in physical activity, play, and sports.

Elite Sports Academy - Supporting a 10-week long summer program held in North Portland to engage underserved athletes in training of basketball, soccer, football and volleyball to provide more than 4 hours of sports related activity each day and foster both short and long-term physical and mental health patterns.

FACT Oregon - Executing the first-ever All Ability Tri4Youth event where children of all abilities compete side by side in a triathlon.

Grande Ronde Association for Youth - Facilitating the acquisition and improvement of sporting facilities to encourage youth in La Grande to participate in sports and to have a more active lifestyle.

Kids in the Game - Funding the Portland Schools and Central Oregon programs to provide low-income families funds to cover fees of registration and participation in after-school or school-based sports programs.

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe -Providing tuition-free, after-school programming in West African dance, drumming, and ballet to primarily African and African American children from low-income households.

Portland Tennis & Education - Providing year-round, tuition-free programming that integrates academics and athletics by providing a space for athletes to engage in an hour of tennis instruction followed by academic tutoring.

Redmond Parks Foundation - Supporting the RAPRD's Youth Scholarship program by providing scholarships to low-income families for their athletes to participate in summer/fall and after-school fitness programming.

Rose City Rollers - Funding the Skate Truck program to bring roller skating and roller derby to low-income communities by providing a mobile skate unit, protective gear and skates necessary for a safe and fun experience in schools and community centers.

U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Kwan Foundation, Inc. / Portland Soo Bahk Do - Providing opportunities for underserved youth to train in traditional martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan


We know that active kids do better – in school and in life – and that inactivity is pervasive in our communities. As the Aspen Institute’s Project Play report states: “Fewer than half of children ages 6 to 11 meet the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation for engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. One way to address that deficit is through sport activity, especially team sports, as children often enjoy playing in groups.” Sport is the core of the Trail Blazers organization, and our goal is to support organizations that provide opportunities and inspire kids to get active and moving through play.

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 PLAY grant, please do not submit a grant for the LIVE or LEARN grants.

PLAY Grant, presented by Nike

One of the ways the Trail Blazers Foundation invests in our region is by providing cash grants to organizations that fit our mission. When it comes to our ‘PLAY’ focus area, these are organizations throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington that are getting kids from traditionally under-served communities and their families moving.

Through our PLAY grant we give

  • One-year grants of up to $10,000 per year
  • General operating (unrestricted) or program-specific funding to nonprofit organizations serving youth ages 18 and under
  • Unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations serving youth in Oregon or Clark County, Washington
  • To organizations with a mission, primary goal, or program focused on getting kids (and families) active. If your organization's mission does not completely align, but you have specific programming that supports these goals, we also invite you to apply.
  • If you represent a PTO, PTA, or school, please instead apply for a grant from the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo’ through the Take it to the Court for Education program by visiting to complete an application in the fall.

We prioritize organizations that

  • Focus on sport, play, or activity for kids and families in their core mission or as a primary goal of one of their major programs
  • 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
  • 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
  • Counties
  • Specific sports teams or leagues – if you are a basketball league or team please visit for basketball-related opportunities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, or ethnicity, or politically or religiously affiliated organizations