The Learning Together and Connecting Communities funding opportunity is now closed.

Northwest Health Foundation announced a funding opportunity to strengthen the capacity of communities o­f people with disabilities to self-organize, and to build relationships with organizations and communities for a broader conversation about disability, race/ethnicity and geography. 

Funding Opportunity

Darleen Ortega, NWHF board member and chair of our Equity Committee, talks about what led the Foundation to this funding opportunity.

Northwest Health Foundation wants to:

  • learn more about efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington that are engaging and led by people with disabilities;

  • promote self-determination and build relationships among and with these communities;

  • and inform the Foundation’s organizational practices.

NWHF will award six to eight general operating grants of $10,000 to $15,000 to:

  • Strengthen existing efforts of organizations committed to the leadership and engagement of people with disabilities.
  • Bring together communities of people with disabilities to participate in two, facilitated gatherings hosted by NWHF.
  • Build or strengthen relationships between organizations and communities, and with NWHF.

These are 12-month awards, beginning August 2014 and ending July 2015. 

Application Process

Closed: Although the funding opportunity is closed, you can still download the RFP for further details including eligibility, timeline and context.

Grant Recipients Announced

Grants were awarded to eight organizations: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Autism Empowerment, Umpqua Valley disAbilities Network, David's Harp, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Disability Art and Culture Project and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.


Reporting Out

In the upcoming months we will reflect on our experience with our Learning Together, Connecting Communities cohort. We will gather our lessons learned and put together a written piece about our journey. This will serve as a way for us to explain how we will improve our work with the disability community going forward, and to share our conversations with other organizations that might benefit from them.  

Key Dates & Events

April 3
RFP Announced

April 3-May 20
NWHF staff available for Q&A

May 13
Intent to Apply due at noon

May 20
Applications due at noon 

Awards Announced 

Grant Period Begins

Week of November 3
First Gathering

Week of April 6, 2015
Second Gathering

July 2015
Funded activities completed 

August 2015
Final Reports due