2020- 2021 Live, Learn, and Play Grants
In partnership with Oregon Community Foundation, nonprofits throughout Oregon and SW Washington can apply for up to $20,000 for 2 years in support of underserved youth and their families in three focus areas. Finalists will receive payment for the first year of funding this Summer! Please see below links for the official guidelines and application questions for each of the areas below.
In 2018 and 2019, the Trail Blazers Foundation granted $285,000 to 39 organizations across Oregon and SW Washington for 2 years of funding that support youth from historically underserved communities where they live, learn, and play.
See our Final Grantees for 2018/19 below!
- Camp ELSO Incorporated - Supporting their mission of empowering youth of color to explore the possibilities of careers in science fields by exposing them to unique outdoor learning opportunities while nurturing a love for the outdoors.
- Columbia Slough Watershed Council - Providing free classroom and field programming to engage underrepresented and low-income youth with the environment
- Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors - Engaging underserved and low-income elementary students with the natural world and inspiring them to become tomorrow's leaders through hands-on classroom learning, real-world ecology lessons, and outdoor service learning projects in Clackamas County
- Growing Gardens - Bringing garden-based education to 8 Title 1 schools during the 2018-19 school year and 9 schools during the 2019-20 school year
- Lake County Resources Initiative - Developing 12 Lakeview High School students' hands-on job skills, resulting in an affordable, family size home that uses renewable heat and electricity sources
- Lomakatsi Restoration Project – Supporting Lomakatsi's staff in the planning, coordination, outreach, recruitment, implementation and monitoring of the community based Youth Ecological Stewardship Training and Employment Program
- Mount St. Helens Institute - Providing programs that will connect about 900 youth to the natural world, allow them to develop an appreciation of Mount St. Helens, and prepare them for academic success and environmental careers
- Soul River, Inc. - Supporting their mission of connecting inner city youth and US military veterans to environmentally sensitive lands as close to home as the Willamette and as remote as the Arctic
- White Oak Farm and Education Center - Connecting children from under-served local schools and programs in Josephine County with the environment through experiential farm and nature-based education, inspiring them to become ecological stewards
- Boys & Girls Club of Wester Treasure Valley - Providing underserved Latino youth between 5th-9th grades in Malheur County with mentorship and academic support necessary to successfully transition from 8th to 9th grade
- Boys & Girls Club of Wester Lane County - Providing students with 8 weeks of theme-based learning activities using Common Core-aligned learning modules consisting of project-based activities, emphasizing math and literacy to mitigate summer learning loss in Lane County
- Clark County Latino Youth Leadership Conference – Improving graduation outcomes for high school latinx students by engaging them in multiple community engagement learning activities and post-secondary opportunities
- College Dreams - Supporting their mission of building resilience and college/career readiness for youth who are low income, potential 1st generation college, and at risk of academic achievement gaps.
- College Possible – Delivering an intensive curriculum of coaching and support by AmeriCorps members to low-income high school students from rural Oregon to prepare them to apply for and succeed in college
- Friends of the Mentor Program - Providing individualized support for youth through one-on-one mentorship to support youth in getting involved in their school and community, increasing academic participation and personal success
- Heart of Oregon Corps, Inc. - Supporting their mission of inspiring and empowering positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education, and stewardship
- Oregon MESA - Supporting their mission of providing students underrepresented in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science and technology with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college and compete successfully in the workforce.
- Portland YouthBuilders - Supporting GED test fees for students, purchase supplies for the refurbishment of computers that will be donated to participants, and support the work of the project's AmeriCorps volunteer that allows underserved youth to further develop vocational skills while pursuing high school completion
- Reading Results - Expanding a direct instruction literacy program from 660 low-income students to a total of 720 low-income students in order to increase students' ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade
- Shadow Project - Expanding a reading coaching pilot program in Portland and McMinnville that combines assistive technology with 1:1 support, resulting in up to 2 years gains in reading achievement for students in special education
- SMART - Supporting the pilot of the new Community SMART program, pairing adult reading mentors with and providing books for preK - 3rd grade children at Portland Tennis & Education, as well as the development of pilot sites in partnership with other culturally-specific community organizations
- The Black United Fund of Oregon, Inc. - Providing Portland's low-income, students of color with the resources necessary to graduate high school and successfully access college, creating equitable education and economic opportunities
- Betties3Sixty - Adding an additional class of 12 more girls in the program to empower girls to get more active and step outside of their comfort zones with new sports and outdoor activities in a safe women-led environment
- City of Lincoln City Parks and Recreation – Providing new play and sports equipment, and a system to organize this equipment, for an after-school program hosting 45 children
- Kids Club of Harney County - Supporting the youth in both Out of School Enrichment and Running Club who do not have the access to Rec Centers or YMCA facilities in their isolated frontier community
- Kids Club of Jefferson County - Replacing sports and play equipment for both team and unstructured play in order to serve 125 diverse and underserved school-aged kids per day in sport and play activities
- Kids Unlimited - Providing sliding scale Pass to Play soccer and/or basketball scholarships for underserved children from low-income families in Jackson County
- Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe - Supporting a STEAM curriculum, studio rehearsal, community workshops, office space, and increase Troupe size in order to offer an active, healthy and supportive outlet to explore self-expression through African dance
- Living Yoga - Supporting their mission of fostering healing and resilience through trauma-informed yoga.
- Morpheous Youth Project - Providing ongoing and one-time break dance workshops and events in and out of youth corrections, targeting diverse communities that are highly under-served
- Mosaic Medical - Covering financial and transportation costs to provide children, ages of 6-18, from low-income families the opportunity to participate in an activity of their choice to get them moving
- Parrott Creek Child & Family Services - Renovating the outdoor basketball court for youth in our residential programs to increase the opportunity for underserved youth to engage in physical activity to help develop new skills and offer a positive path to a lifestyle away from destructive patterns
- Portland Parks Foundation – Engaging youth in basketball clinics and activities at outdoor courts through Summer Free for All program.
- Portland Tennis & Education - Supporting their mission of strengthening youth, inspiring families, and building communities that reach their potential.
- Self Enhancement, Inc. - Providing instructors and equipment for summer basketball camps, using "coaching for character" curriculum, for boys and girls in high school, middle school, and in a new elementary "pee wee" camp
- Treasure Valley Youth Development Academy - Supporting their mission of impacting and transforming local youth through boxing, life skills development and service to their community that encourages integrity, discipline, respect, values and morals.
- Union County Juvenile Department - Expanding the availability of rock climbing for local at-risk youth, who often struggle to connect with healthy, positive recreational opportunities.
- Vancouver Housing Authority - Providing outdoor play equipment and a basketball court at Valley Homestead shelter so homeless youth can stay active and play while they are sheltered
- YMCA of Douglas County - Supporting their mission of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
- Youth Movement - Supporting their mission of inspiring a generation of Native American youth to be active, motivated and connected to the power of community.