Ninety-nine girlfriends makes significant Impact Awards, traditionally $100,000 each, for one- to two-year projects representing bold ideas for improving our region. We award grants in five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education & Lifelong Learning, Environment & Sustainability, Family & Human Services, and Heath & Wellness. See the history of our grants from 2016-2018 here.

Ninety-nine girlfriends welcomes Impact Award applications that meet all of the following five criteria.

  1. A tax-exempt entity that: has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; is recognized as a Tribal Entity; or has a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.*

  2. The applicant can show annual revenue of at least $200,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.**

  3. The applicant has operated in Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and/or Washington counties (Portland/SW Washington) for at least three full years as of June 24, 2019.

  4. The proposed project will focus its impact in one or more of the four counties in the Portland/SW Washington region.

  5. The applicant has not previously received an Impact or Finalist Award of more than $10,000. If you are a recipient of a ninety-nine girlfriends Impact Award, or a Finalist Award of more than $10,000, we ask that you wait out one grant cycle from the time we receive your final report before you reapply. Your signed agreement will have further details.

*If you are not an independent 501(c)(3), you still must meet the annual revenue and years-in-operation criteria (see #2 & #3 above ).

** In most cases, we will verify this using the first page of your form 990. However, if your organization's budget includes significant in-kind professional services (e.g., you're a community health clinic staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses, or a free legal clinic staffed by pro bono attorneys) we will also accept internal financial statements showing the value of these services as part of your income/expense. These must be year-end statements for your most recently completed fiscal year. 

If, after reading the list above, you are unsure about your eligibility: please contact us using this form. One of the Grants Steering Committee leaders will contact you to discuss your specific situation.

Use of funds. Funds can be used to support specific projects or general operations, and may include the purchase of items like equipment or furniture that are necessary to your project. Funds are granted in December of each year and must be spent within two years of the award. Organizations that advance to the semi-finalist (full proposal) stage must demonstrate the organizational sustainability and financial management expertise necessary to effectively manage a $100,000 grant.

Project restrictions. We do not make grants for: