Grant Guidelines

The Silver Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, an organization that falls within our areas of giving may submit a Letter of Inquiry at any time during the year. The Foundation does not support capital requests nor does it make grants to organizations outside of our geographic scope of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.


Submitting a Grant Proposal

Silver Family Foundation grant proposal deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring Cycle:  Proposals should be postmarked by March 31st. Grant awards will be made in June.

  • Fall Cycle:  Proposals should be postmarked by September 30th.  Grant awards will be made in December.


The Foundation accepts requests for general operating expenses.

A site visit is required prior to a grant award. At the conclusion of the grant, recipients must provide a written evaluation describing how the funds were spent, using a provided evaluation form.

Report deadlines are as follows:

  • For fall cycle awards (made in December), the report deadline is November 1st the following year.

  • For spring cycle awards (made in June), the report deadline is May 1st the following year.


Completed grant applications should be mailed.  Please note that we ask for seven double-sided, 3-hole punched copies of the cover letter, grant application and all required attachments.  In order to meet deadline, submissions by e-mail are allowed as long as the mailed copies are postmarked by the due date.

Please send your proposal and all attachments via regular mail to: 

Silver Family Foundation, PO Box 18234, Portland, OR 97218.


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