The Central and Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank awards grants to non-profits located in the region 3 times per year.  In 2016, our region granted more than $120,000 to non-profits located in Central and Eastern Oregon.  We have a local committee of U.S. Bank employees that reviews the applications and awards the grants.

The first cycle of grant applications is due March 15, 2017.

Here is the link with more details, including the grant application:

Below is a description of the Play cycle for this round of applications:

Play pillar application is open February 1 – March 15

Vibrant Communities

Play brings joy. It is beneficial for problem solving, creativity, and relationships. Play is just as necessary for adults as it is for kids, but in low-income areas there are often limited spaces for play and fewer people attending arts and cultural activities. That’s why we invest in community programming that supports ways for children and adults to play and create.

Access to Artistic and Cultural Programming & Arts Education

Investments ensure economic vitality and accessibility to the arts in local communities, as well as support for arts education. Examples of grant support include:

  • Programs that provide access to cultural activities, visual and performing arts, zoos and aquariums and botanic gardens for individuals and families living in underserved communities
  • Funding for local arts organizations that enhance the economic vitality of the community
  • Programs that provide funding for arts-focused nonprofit organizations that bring visual and performing arts programming to low- and moderate-income K-12 schools and youth centers

Learning Through Play

Many young people across the country do not have the resources and/or access to enjoy the benefits of active play. Supporting active play based programs and projects for K-12 students located in or serving low- and moderate-income communities fosters innovation, creativity, and collaboration and impacts the overall vitality of the communities we serve. Funding support includes:

  • General operating support for organizations that build or expand access to active play spaces and places that help K-12 students learn through play and improves the health, safety and unification of neighborhoods
  • Programs that focus on using active play to help young people develop cognitive, social and emotional learning skills to become vibrant and productive citizens