Mini-grants for educators making a big impact in their community.

Project Community is NWCU’s annual mini-grant program dedicated to helping educate youth in the communities we serve. 

Congratulations to all the teachers who received a 2017 Project Community mini-grant!

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Project Community awards funding to schools and non-profit organizations dedicated to educating Pre-K through 12th grade youth. These mini-grants are designed to help educators create meaningful learning experiences for kids that might not otherwise be funded by school budgets. From requests for classroom supplies, technology, books, to funding for classroom projects, programs, or field trips – we would like to hear what you need to engage and educate your students.

Who can submit?

Educators, nominate your school, classroom, or non-profit organization for a Project Community award. Schools and non-profit organizations should be located in one of the following counties:  Benton, Clackamas, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Washington
No purchase necessary to enter. Credit union membership not required.

We'll accept 2018 Project Community submissions in August. 

Submission Criteria

Funding requests between the amounts of $100 – $1,500.
Requested amount must fully fund items requested. An itemized list is required.
Requests should be for specific items/resources needed to engage students and facilitate learning.
Submission must clearly show how NWCU’s support will directly impact the education of youth.
Project completion should take place during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

The following requests are not eligible:

  • Requests from organizations or programs outside counties we serve
  • Requests for fundraising or sponsorship
  • Funding for staffing or staff professional development/training
  • Funding for incentives or rewards
  • Funding for capital improvements to school buildings or grounds

Review and Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a NWCU selection committee based on: amount requested, purpose of funds, educational impact, reach, engagement and achievement potential, and location within our service network.

Recipients will be awarded based on perceived merit of the request as indicated by the criteria and funded up to a maximum of $1,500. Recipient selection is limited by Northwest Community Credit Union funding.

Applicants may be contacted to answer questions and provide clarification or additional information regarding the request.

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