RFP For Professional Service Providers

 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 

IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

OREGON NATIVE AMERICAN CHAMBER 

 

PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL DECEMBER 30, 2020

 

Organization Background

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is a 501c3 organization serving Oregon and SW Washington to advance the economic and educational opportunities for Native Americans. 

Short Form Request for Proposal 

RFP: On-Demand Technical Assistance/ Professional Services Proposal Due By: 

Rolling – Opens September 21, 2020 – Ends December 01, 2020. T/A Service Program Ends December 31, 2020

Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)
Project Overview:

ONAC is seeking qualified applicants to provide technical assistance to individual entrepreneurs and small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. 
This is an innovative technical assistance program that distributes federal CARES Act funds via a Business Oregon (OBDD) grant program to serve small businesses who face systemic barriers to success. 
The expanded technical assistance resources made possible through this fund are designated to reach groups identified in Governor Brown’s Equity Framework in COVID-19 Response and Recovery. This includes providing services to underserved, hard to reach, and rural communities, along with Native, Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC)- owned small businesses. 

 

The business technical assistance providers identified through this RFP will join ONAC as together they increase the resiliency of Native-owned small businesses in Oregon and as they continue to rebuild and respond to COVID-19’s impact. 
ONAC, through this funding, is increasing the number of Native-owned small businesses who are successfully reached, assessed and then paired with a contracted business technical assistance provider poised to address their specific needs. 
Services performed by ONAC and its contracted network of providers are culturally-specific or culturally competent and proactively meet the unique needs of Native- and BIPOC-owned small businesses in urban and rural Oregon. 

Project Goals:

Increased resiliency and recovery of small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through:

  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses receiving specialized legal support
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses receiving specialized human resources support
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses receiving specialized accounting support and improved knowledge of personal and business financial management 
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses receiving web, e-commerce, and marketing support
  • Additional leveraged capital among Equity Framework businesses by increasing access to loans, grants and other financial assistance 
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses receiving mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities 
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses whose business plans, success plans and other needs are reviewed, screened and then addressed
  • Increased number of Equity Framework businesses who receive business technical assistance that is culturally competent or culturally specific
Scope of Work:

ONAC is seeking businesses and individuals who have a successful history of providing technical assistance to improve the resiliency and success of small businesses, particularly Equity Framework businesses. 
Technical assistance is defined broadly and includes marketing, human resource, legal, logistics planning, coaching and more that supports ONAC in meeting the above  Project Goals. This also includes support as businesses seek help navigating evolving COVID regulations regarding staffing, PPE, testing, reopening requirements and more. 
Interested and qualifying businesses or individuals who provide business technical assistance would be placed in ONAC’s database of providers. ONAC would then continue to conduct outreach and targeted marketing to apprise the community of these services. ONAC then assesses the needs of businesses on an ongoing basis and pairs them with a technical assistance provider or group of providers that can best meet their needs. 
Providers would operate “on call” and would be able to accept or refuse a proposed placement based on availability. 
Providers are responsible for tracking a variety of metrics on behalf of each business they support, as well as tracking hours and expenses for reimbursement. 

Evaluation Metrics and Criteria
Businesses and individuals seeking to qualify for inclusion in ONAC’s database of on-call technical assistance providers are evaluated based on: 

  • Ability to provide quality, timely, and responsive resolution of priority issue(s) facing the small business and as identified in the referral.
  • Experience providing similar services and subsequent results. 
  • Ability to report necessary information requested by ONAC in a timely manner to track small business assistance received. 
  • Cost effectiveness of services provided and/or costs are within generally accepted ranges for similar services. 
  • Ability to provide culturally competent or culturally responsive services. 
  • Availability and capacity to serve businesses within the project’s timeframe. 

The performance of providers (and their subsequent continued inclusion in the database) is evaluated on an ongoing basis through the following non-exhaustive criteria: 

  • Ability to provide metrics, intake forms and other reporting in a timely manner. 
  • Satisfaction surveys distributed to businesses participating in services. 
  • Ability to provide clear and accurate invoices and reimbursement requests in a timely manner. 
  • Ability to provide impactful services based on the number of businesses who successfully increase their resilience, growth, stability and/or capacity after receiving services. 
Submission Requirements

  • Ability to provide services within scope timeframe
  • Description of services provided
Project End Date: December 31, 2020
Contact:

James Parker

Email:support@onacc.org Phone#: 503-894-4525

Opportunity to work with ONAC! Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator Contract

Oregon Native American Chamber 

Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator

 

Position Type: Contract/Contract-to-hire; part-time with potential for additional hours

Location: Oregon 

Deadline to Apply: October 9, 2020

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jparker@onacc.org. No phone calls, please. 

About the Oregon Native American Chamber

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance educational and economic opportunities for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. For almost 25 years, ONAC has provided authentic, culturally specific programs and services for Native American entrepreneurs, business owners, and youth.  ONAC also creates intentional and intersectional connections to build the capacity of non-Native institutions to better understand the complex economic, social, and education hurdles and opportunities faced by Native Americans.

 

ONAC’s offers programs and services within three main focus areas: 

 

(1) Education & Growth

  • Student Academic Achievement Award Program: Financial assistance for Native American students who demonstrate leadership and intentionally engage tribal communities. 
  • StartUpOregon Platform: A one of a kind online center for entrepreneurship that brings learning content to one central place as well as authentic interaction and inspiration from existing Native American businesses. 
  • Oregon Native Enterprise (ONE) Program: 8-week business development course for small and early-stage businesses to grow, offered for business development centers serving Native populations.
  • Inclusive Business Resource Network (IBRN) Navigation: A citywide program that brings multiple services for Portland-based small business into a single network. 

 

 and more! 

 

(2) Relationship Building

  • Multi-chamber Gatherings: Engagement and networking opportunities between the many chambers & advocacy organizations that are committed to economic justice.
  • Networking Luncheons & Annual Spring Mixer: Networking with business and community leaders and showcase Native American businesses who make real contributions to strengthening our communities.
  • Communications & Media: Reliable and network of communications to cultivate, promote, and grow connections between our businesses, organizations, and community partners.

 

 and more! 

 

(3) Economic Justice & Transformation

  • Advocacy, Representation & Community Policy Engagement: Partnerships at local, state, and federal levels to transform opportunities for people and business, creating a more equitable and accessible economy.
  • Vibrant Tribal Economies: Economic development is community development. ONAC works to strengthen and reclaim Native economic assets in partnership with other businesses and community sites.

 

 and more! 

Position Overview

The Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator position is offered within ONAC’s economic and small business development work. ONAC’s efforts are guided by the belief that increased opportunities for business ownership can transform the economic trajectory of families, generations, and entire communities. Ownership opportunities build long-term wealth creation, strengthen economic agency and sovereignty, and increase equity within industries, systems, and institutions. 

 

On the ground, this work takes a variety of forms. From helping businesses compete for government contracts, to supporting entrepreneurs as they take the leap, to nurturing existing businesses with one-on-one mentorship and technical assistance – ONAC is synonymous with small business success within Oregon’s Native American and Alaskan Native communities. For the past two decades, we have provided technical assistance, networking, and culturally-specific programming for Native American owned businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

 

The goal of this position is to support Native American-owned businesses and Native American entrepreneurs. Generally, this would include supporting delivery of ONAC’s ONE Program; conducting outreach to ensure entrepreneurs are aware of available technical assistance and other support offered by ONAC and its partners; learning more about the needs of businesses to then place them with service providers and help them navigate available resources as their needs evolve; and strengthening and expanding partnerships across sectors and systems and throughout the state. 

 

In 2020, however, this work has become critical and urgent. Much of the economic opportunities ONAC has been helping Native-owned businesses build for decades have been torn away by COVID-19. The complex nature of Tribal economies, this disinvestment in Native American wealth-building strategies, and the higher prevalence of pre-existing health conditions have made Native Americans doubly vulnerable to the virus and its economic backlash. Combined with reliance on the bottomed-out tourist industry for reservation tax income and revenue, Native American communities in Oregon, particularly in rural communities, are facing exponential threats from which many individuals and businesses will never recover.

 

Since the beginning of this crisis, ONAC has responded by providing small businesses with resource navigation, trusted communications, and representation in statewide and municipal decision-making surrounding relief efforts. ONAC continues to shift, leverage, and prioritize resources to help Native businesses navigate this challenging time and build long-term resiliency.

 

ONAC looks forward to swiftly expanding these efforts through this contracted position. 

Essential Duties

ONAC’s Small Business Resource & Outreach Coordinator is a part-time contract/contract-to-hire position that will start at approximately 25-30 hours per week. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible, likely mid to late October. There is the potential for this position to transition from a contractor to a salaried staff member as early as spring 2021. This is dependent on a variety of factors. 

Resource Navigation (40%)

  • Support resource navigation by pairing businesses who need immediate support with culturally specific and competent technical assistance (TA) providers. 
  • Help businesses navigate a variety of TA providers as their needs evolve. 
  • Develop and facilitate business assessments and intake. 
  • Help manage and grow ONAC’s database of TA providers. 
  • Collect and manage a variety of metrics and data to support funder communication and fulfill contractual obligations. 

Program Support & Rural Outreach (40%)

  • Establish new ONE Program sites in several rural Oregon locations and through new and existing partnerships.
  • Train additional site-specific program providers to offer culturally responsive business services.
  • Support contractors and staff members as updates to ONAC’s StartUp Oregon platform are made; communicate with content providers and partners as necessary to gather new resources for inclusion on the platform.
  • Establish new partnerships in rural communities to better market ONAC’s programs and services; strengthen and maintain existing partnerships. 
  • Assist in the organization of special events, including donor, volunteer, and other fundraising events and initiatives.

 

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, and other communication opportunities.
  • Support marketing and communications including social media. 
  • Keep detailed records of all program metrics.

 

Other tasks as assigned; the above list is non-exhaustive (10%)

Qualifications

  • At least two years of relevant experience required (five preferred) in areas of program outreach, technical assistance for businesses, administration, and/or nonprofit work.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Demonstrated experience tracking and managing data to make program decisions and for use in a variety of reports. 
  • Warm and engaging interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with diverse individuals who have a variety of lived experiences. 
  • Ability to provide support in a way that is motivating, engaging, and empathetic.  
  • Shares our commitment to increasing justice and equity in all we do from leadership and internal organizational culture to program delivery and outreach. 
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours for events and important deadlines, as needed.
  • Experience working alongside Native American communities.
  • Experience working with small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

 

Travel Requirements

Physical travel within the state of Oregon comprises 35-55% of this position. This includes extensive travel to rural areas and counties, particularly in Eastern, Central, and Western Oregon including: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (Umatilla County); the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco and Jefferson counties); and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Yamhill and Polk counties). Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jparker@onacc.org. No phone calls, please. 

 

Oregon Cultural Trust Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support Application Guidelines

Oregon Cultural Trust
Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support Application Guidelines

Application Deadline: Noon (12:00pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020
Online Application Link: https://development.oregon4biz.com/acton/media/14786/2020- crf-cultural-support

Covered Period: March 1 to December 30, 2020

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. Under the CARES Act, CRF is to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (consisting of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments. The State of Oregon has allocated $25,984,872 in CRF for Cultural Support (CRFCS) “for business, innovation and trade, for providing financial assistance to arts organizations and cultural and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cultural Trust Vision and Mission

We envision an Oregon that champions and invests in creative expression and cultural exchange, driving innovation and opportunity for all. The mission of the Cultural Trust is to lead Oregon in cultivating, growing and valuing culture as an integral part of communities. We do this by inspiring Oregonians to invest in a permanent fund that provides annual grants to cultural organizations. – Cultural Trust Board of Directors

The Cultural Trust defines culture as encompassing the arts, heritage, humanities, history and preservation. Since 2001 the Cultural Trust has supported culture statewide through nonprofit cultural organizations, County and Tribal Coalitions and statewide partners. Nonprofit cultural organizations will be prioritized for CRFCS funding.

The Cultural Trust, along with its sister agency the Oregon Arts Commission, is housed in Business Oregon, the state economic development agency. The Oregon Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon in 1993. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Cultural Trust to Business Oregon in recognition of the expanding role the arts and culture play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.

Purpose of CRFCS
These guidelines are in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that:

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
  3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

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The intended use of these CRFCS funds is to provide financial assistance to cultural organizations and cultural community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be considered from cultural (arts, history, heritage and humanities) organizations and cultural community venues and organizations that did not receive grants directly from the Department of Administrative Services under the Oregon Business Development Department/Department of Administrative Services, Statewide Business and Cultural Support as passed by the Oregon State Legislative Emergency Board on July 14, 2020.

Funding Awards: Application and Distribution Process

The Oregon Cultural Trust will promote and distribute this application directly to cultural organizations and community venues in coordination with County and Tribal Coalitions (Coalitions) and other partners. Applications to the CRFCS program will be submitted directly to the Cultural Trust, which will partner with respective County Coalitions to review applications for eligibility, funding request amounts and community cultural impact. Cultural Trust Partner representatives, Trust Board Members and other stakeholders will also be involved in the review process as needed.

Submitted applications will be reviewed for eligibility, completeness and accuracy. Applications that meet stated program eligibility and need requirements will be authorized for funding, pending availability of funds.

The Cultural Trust will develop an equitable statewide award allocation formula. Informed by the County and Tribal Coalition funding model, the award allocation formula will establish a base amount of funds by county or tribe. County population calculations are then applied, adjusted by total received eligible request amounts and the organization’s fiscal size. COVID-19 expenses funded by previous Federal CARES ACT funding are not eligible in this program.

The Cultural Trust will award each Coalition the aggregate of all awards made in their county service area reflecting individual award amounts for each organization. Coalitions will provide final review and process organization contracts.

The funding period is restricted by federal law to necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency beginning March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

Any Coalition funds not allocated by September 15, 2020, will be returned to the Cultural Trust for reallocation to other Coalitions.

Application Deadline

All applications for funding must be received no later than noon (12:00pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020. The majority of funds will be distributed by the Coalitions by September 15, 2020. Any unallocated funds will be returned to the Cultural Trust for redistribution to other Coalitions.

Eligibility

The Cultural Trust seeks to support a wide range of cultural organizations and projects, making investments across the state. ORS 359.400 defines a “cultural organization” as one that is “organized primarily for the purpose of producing, promoting or presenting the arts, history, heritage and humanities to the public or organized primarily for identifying, documenting, interpreting and preserving cultural resources.” Organizations using a fiscal sponsor are not eligible to apply.

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At the time of the application deadline, all applicant organizations must:

  • Have active organization registration with the State of Oregon’ Secretary of State and
  • Provide services that take place within the state of Oregon; and
  • Be a cultural entity within a federally recognized Indian Tribe based in Oregon; or
  • Be an institution of higher learning (universities and colleges) that has a significant cultural

    program or cultural organization; or

  • Be an organization that operates county fairgrounds; or
  • Be a local government or organization that operates festivals and/or community cultural events.

    Organizations must be in operation for a minimum of one year.

    During the covered period awarded organizations must have or acquire an active:

  • DUNS Number (DUNS Link)
  • Registration with the System Award Management (SAM Link)

    If your organization does not have an active registration with SAM and DUNS number at the time of application you will need to acquire these no later than December 30, 2020.

    The Cultural Trust may require additional information, and has final authority on eligibility determination.

    A searchable list and PDF of many eligible cultural organizations is available on the Cultural Trust website.

    Organizations that receive other CRF awards from the Department of Administrative Services as outlined in the “Item 2: Oregon Business Development Department/Department of Administrative Services, Statewide Business and Cultural Support” (passed by the Oregon State Legislative Emergency Board on July 14, 2020) are not eligible for CRFCS funding. For a list of organizations and more information see the Item 2 document.

    Requirements and Limitations

    Only one application per cultural organization or cultural entity within a tribe will be accepted. No matching funds are required.

    Criteria to receive funding include:

  • Applicant has cancelled or will cancel or postpone public programming because of economic

    conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Applicant has a demonstrated revenue loss since March 1, 2020;
  • Applicant has articulated and demonstrated an appropriate use of the funding in accordance with

    the stated purpose of the CRFCS guidance; and

  • Applicant agrees to the accountability of accepting and using CRFCS with appropriate financial

    documentation and fiscal oversight

    CRF Cultural Support funds can only be used to cover expenses during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020, and that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID– 19 public health emergency.

    Eligible expenditures must align with Federal CRF guidelines; see the Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Nonexclusive examples of eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as:

  • Reimbursement of the costs of business interruption caused by required closures and/or reduced operations (excluding PPP or other federal funds); rent, lease or mortgage/loan payments for venue facilities; and operating costs (insurance, utilities, and personnel).
  • Reimbursement of costs associated with venue reopening, including alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Reimbursement of costs associated with transitioning services to alternative means or methods (i.e. online services or outdoor or limited attendance performances); and
  • Durable goods or services acquired during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Local governments operating cultural organizations

    For venues and programs owned by state or local government that had budgeted for operating costs prior to the pandemic, CARES Act Funds cannot be used as revenue replacement and usual operating expenses are not eligible. Publicly-owned venues are eligible for costs attributable to the pandemic that were not budgeted, such as additional cleaning costs, certain personnel costs or PPE. Local governments are encouraged to review the U.S. Treasury guidance for eligible expenses.

    Ineligible Expenditures

    In addition to eligibility requirements, there are clear limitations to the use of CRF. Funds may not be used for:

    • Previously budgeted costs incurred outside of the covered period (March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020);
    • Performance or delivery of a good or service received prior to or after the covered period.
    • Damages covered by insurance;
    • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services;
    • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any federal program, such as the

      reimbursement by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act of contributions by States

      to State unemployment funds;

    • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime;
    • Property taxes;
    • Capital improvement projects, if not a necessary expenditure incurred due to COVID-19*;
    • Severance pay; and
    • Legal settlements.

      *Consult with the Cultural Trust prior to receiving CRF if capital improvements are required.

      No authority has been given to charge an indirect rate or cost to CRF and therefore indirect costs will not be allowed. As a result, any cost, including an administrative cost (which is allowed provided it meets the three CRF criteria), must be a direct cost and traceable to the allowable activities.

      Accountability

      Grantee is subject to 2 CRF 200.303 Internal Controls; 2 CRF 200.330 through 200.332 Subrecipient Monitoring and Management; and Subpart F regarding Audit Requirements. Awarded organizations must keep records sufficient to demonstrate that the amount of Fund payment has been used in accordance with section 601 (d) of the Social Security Act and in the case of an audit.

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The Cultural Trust and Coalitions are accountable to the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Legislature, the Cultural Trust Board, Business Oregon and Trust Donors. The Cultural Trust supports organizational leaders in making their best decisions about the future of their organizations during these challenging times; CRFCS is being made available with the understanding that applicants will provide full and accurate information to the best of their knowledge at the time of application.

Final Reporting Requirements

Within 30 days of the conclusion of the covered period (January 30, 2021) awardees will be required to submit a final report to the Cultural Trust that documents eligible expenditures and full accounting of itemized expenses as listed on the original application. The Coalition will send the final report form to recipients shortly after awards are made. The final report will contain a self-certification that all funds were expended in accordance with U.S. Department of the Treasury guidance.

Application Form and Submission

Organizations may submit an application online. The Cultural Trust and/or Coalition may contact applicants for more information.

The application form is on the following pages. The online system DOES NOT ALLOW you to save and return later. You will need to complete the application in one session*. Review the following questions prior to launching the online application and prepare your responses in advance. We recommend preparing your responses to the questions in a word processing program as well as your funding requests.

*If you do not complete the online application in one session you will need to start over. Please plan accordingly.

Assistance

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Americans with Disabilities Act Statement of Non-discrimination: Any entity that provides services to the public must certify that it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42, USC Sec. 12101, et seq. and agrees not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, marital status, political opinion, familial status, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, source of income or disability status. The Cultural Trust provides assistance to Oregon cultural groups on issues of access. Contact the Oregon Cultural Trust at (503) 986-0082 or kat.bell@oregon.gov for information or assistance. TDD assistance is available at (800) 735-2900. Applicants will certify their compliance within the application.

Appeal Process

Appeals may not be made on the basis of an applicant’s disagreement with an assessment of how the application met the review criteria or the amount of the award. Applicants considering an appeal should contact Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner by phone at (503) 986-0089 or email Aili.Schreiner@oregon.gov for advice and guidance. Letters of appeal must be submitted to the Cultural Trust’s Executive Director within 10 days of award notification. Appeals are reviewed and acted on by the Cultural Trust Board. Appeals may result in an approval of an award or an increase in the award amount if the applicant can satisfactorily document that the application was misrepresented or improperly reviewed through no fault of the applicant. If the appeal is supported by the Cultural Trust’s Board, funds will be awarded only if they are available.

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Oregon Cultural Trust Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) CRF Cultural Support
Application

  1. 1  Organization Name (as registered with IRS)
  2. 2  DBA Organization Name (if applicable)
  1. 3  Employer Identification Number
  2. 4  DUNS Number
  3. 5  Is Organization registered with

    System Award Management

  4. 6  Is your organization registered as a

    cultural nonprofit with the Cultural

    Trust?

  5. 7  Street Address 1
  6. 8  Street Address 2
  7. 9  City
  8. 10  State
  9. 11  Zip
  10. 12  Oregon County
  11. 13  Website
  12. 14  Primary Contact
  13. 15  Role/Title
  14. 16  Phone
  15. 17  Email
  16. 18  Secondary Contact
  17. 19  Role/Title
  18. 20  Phone
  19. 21  Email
  20. 22  Primary Purpose of Organization

(EIN Link) (DUNS Link)

(SAM Link)

Yes/No

Yes/No

Drop down list

Options: Cultural Institution; Cultural Entity within federally recognized Indian Tribe in Oregon; Organization that operates county fairground; Cultural Institution housed in Higher Education; or Organization that operates festivals and/or community cultural event; county fair; festival or community cultural event

  1. 23  Last completed fiscal year end date
  2. 24  Total Income for last completed fiscal year*
  3. 25  Total Expenses for last completed fiscal year*

*Refer to most recently submitted IRS Form 990. Exempt organizations with annual budgets under $50,000 may use most recently audited financial reports. For cultural organizations, programs or county fairs housed in recognized Tribes, institutions of higher learning, or local governments, income and expenses must refer only to cultural programs(s).

  1. 26  Provide a brief overview of your organization. For cultural organizations or programs housed in recognized Tribes or in higher learning, overview must focus on cultural activities of the program.
  2. 27  Provide a brief overview of the impacts of COVID-19 on your organization.

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Oregon Cultural Trust Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) CRF Cultural Support Application

Organization Name:

Covered Period March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. All expenses must fall within the period.

Questions

  1. 1a  Has, or will, your organization experience business interruption caused

    by required COVID-19 closures and/or reduced operations? Calculate the costs of business interruption to your organization, including costs incurred such as payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments for venue facilities, and operating costs.

  2. 1b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of business interruption
  3. 1c  Brief Description:
  1. 2a  Is your organization incurring costs associated with venue reopening, alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies, and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE)?
  2. 2b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of reopening
  3. 2c  Brief Description:

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

Yes/No

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  1. 3a  Has or will your organization transition services to alternative means or methods (i.e. online services or outdoor or limited attendance performances)?
  2. 3b  If yes, what is the reimbursement cost of transiting services
  3. 3c  Brief Description:
  1. 4a  Has or will your organization purchase durable goods or services during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency?
  2. 4b  If yes, enter the amount
  3. 4c  Brief Description:

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5 Total Amount of necessary expenditures incurred during covered period (Add lines 1b + 2b + 3b + 4b)

6 Funds your organization received or accounted for as approved in the March 27, 2020 CARES Budget (if applicable)*

7 Total Eligible Amount

8 Request Amount (CRFCS)
Line 7 and Line 8 may be the same amount.

(Subtract Line 6 from Line 5)

*Includes all sources including but not limited to PPP, NEA, NEH, WESTAF For cultural organizations or programs housed in recognized Tribes or in

higher learning , expenses must be for cultural program.

For venues and programs owned by state or local government and that had budgeted for operating costs prior to the pandemic, CARES Act Funds cannot be used as revenue replacement and usual operating expenses are not eligible.

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Coronavirus Relief Funds for Cultural Support (CRFCS) Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for CRFCS funds?

Cultural organizations in Oregon who have suffered financial losses due to COVID-19, including:

  • Cultural nonprofits listed on the Cultural Trust website
  • Cultural entities within a federally recognized Indian Tribe based in Oregon
  • Institutions of higher learning that have a significant cultural program or organization
  • Organizations that operate county fairgrounds
  • Local governments or organizations that operate cultural festivals and/or community cultural

    events

    Where do these funds come from?

    These are Federal CARES funds given to the state of Oregon to offset the economic impact of COVID-19.

    What can the funds be used for?

    Per the US Treasury guidelines, funds can only be used to cover expenses incurred by the public health emergency (COVID-19) that were not accounted for in the organization’s budget prior to March 27, 2020 but were incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. These include:

  • Lost income due to canceled or postponed public programming due to executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; including reimbursement to cost of business interruptions such as:

    o Staffing expense
    o Rent or mortgage payments o Operatingcosts

  • Expenses incurred due to executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic; including:

o Facility alterations/cleaning expenses/PPE to meet reopening guidelines
o Purchase of durable goods or services previously unbudgeted, such as staff

telecommuting expenses, hard costs associated with move to virtual programming, etc.

Application questions and eligible expenses

Question 1. Has, or will, your organization experience business interruption caused by required COVID-19 closures and/or reduced operations? Calculate the costs of business interruption to your organization, including costs incurred such as payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments for venue facilities, and operating costs.

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for COVID-19 related costs associated with:

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  • Business interruption to cultural organization caused by required closures (reimbursement for payroll, rent/mortgage payments, operating expenses)
  • Unemployment insurance costs related to the COVID-19 public health emergency if such costs will not be reimbursed by the federal government pursuant to the CARES Act or otherwise.
  • Other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of cultural organization that satisfy the Fund’s eligibility criteria.

    Question 2. Is your organization incurring costs associated with venue reopening, alterations to facilities to meet reopening guidelines, extra cleaning costs or supplies, and the purchase of employee personal protective equipment (PPE)?

    Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for:

    • Expenses for acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies, including

      sanitizing products and personal protective equipment, for use by cultural organization staff

      in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • Expenses for cultural organization public safety measures undertaken in response to COVID-

      19.

      Question 3. Has or will your organization purchase durable goods or services during the covered period that were previously unbudgeted and a necessary expense incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency?

      Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, payment for:

    • Expenses to facilitate distance learning or cultural programming, including technological

      improvements, in connection cultural facility/venue closures to enable compliance with

      COVID-19 precautions.

    • Expenses to improve telework capabilities for cultural employees to enable compliance with

      COVID-19 public health precautions.

    • Expenses of providing paid sick and paid family and medical leave to cultural employees to

      enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.

      When can I apply?

      Due to the limited time frame set by the Oregon Legislature, the application will be open from Wednesday, August 12 to noon (12 pm) on Monday, August 24, 2020. All funds must be awarded by Coalitions no later than September 15, 2020.

      How are these funds being distributed?

      The Trust has created an online application form to collect applications from organizations around the state. These will be organized into county groups and will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. A funding formula will capture key data points such as organization budget size, request for funds, and a county per capita calculation to set recommended award sizes for each county and applying organizations. The Trust will support its County Coalitions with their review of the applications, and then send a lump sum to each Coalition to distribute to successful applicants. An award agreement template will be provided.

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Who are the Cultural Coalitions and what is their role in distributing these funds?

Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, each coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that address the needs of each county. Among these are Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, whose cultural contributions are integral to the region’s cultural vitality. Per the Oregon Legislature, Coalitions are required to review CRFCS applications and funding allocations from applicants in their county, over a limited period of time. Coalitions will be asked to contract with each organization for a determined award size.

What is the timeline for awarding these funds?

All awards must be made to applying organizations no later than September 15, 2020.

Can the Coalitions receive some funding to support the extra administrative work?

Yes, each Coalition may receive up to 5% of their County award to offset additional administrative costs incurred to process grant awards

What are the final reporting requirements?

Organizations awarded funding are subject to 2 CRF 200.303 Internal Controls; 2 CRF 200.330 through 200.332 Subrecipient Monitoring and Management; and Subpart F regarding Audit Requirements. Awarded organizations must keep records sufficient to demonstrate that the amount of Fund payment has been used in accordance with section 601 (d) of the Social Security Act and in the case of an audit.

Final reporting instruction will be provided to grantees shortly after awards are made.

Questions? Please contact your regional County CRFCS program application representative. All emails must include in the subject line “CRFCS” followed by your organization’s name.

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Federal CARES Act Oregon Cultural Trust

Coronavirus Relief Funds for Cultural Support (CRFCS)

Application Support

Please review the guidelines for the CRFCS program in advance of submitting your application. Application submission period: August 12 to 12 pm, August 24, 2020

Link to Application: https://development.oregon4biz.com/acton/media/14786/2020-crf- cultural-support

Questions? Please contact your regional County CRFCS program application representative. All emails must include in the subject line “CRFCS” followed by your organization’s name.

North & South Coast (Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Coos, Curry, Douglas) Name: Tawni Bean

Email: Tawni.Bean@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 551-0957

Metro (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington) Name: Raissa Fleming

Email: Raissa.Fleming@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0090

Aili Schreiner

Aili.Schreiner@oregon.gov

(503) 428-0963

Mid-Valley and Southern (Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Josephine, Jackson) Name: Audrey Hatch

Email: Audrey.Hatch@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 934-0605

South Valley/Mid-Coast (Lincoln, Benton, Linn, Lane) Name: Liora Sponko

Email: Liora.Sponko@oregon.gov Phone: (971) 345-1641

North & South Central (Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klamath, Lake) Name: Jillian McCarthy

Email: Jillian.McCarthy@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0033

Central & Northeast (Jefferson, Crook, Deschutes, Wallowa, Union, Baker) Name: Coby Menton

Email: Coby.Menton@oregon.gov Phone: (541) 786-0061

Greater Eastern South & Northern (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler, Grant, Harney, Malheur) Name: Gretchen Kirchner

Email: Gretchen.Kirchner@oregon.gov Phone: (503) 986-0105

Small Business Assistance Grants available from Clackamas County

Applications will be accepted June 29 through July 3

Clackamas County is offering Small Business Assistance grants to help businesses owners pay rent, payroll, and bills to help them recover from the effects of the global pandemic.

The program, provided in cooperation with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), will provide a total of $420,000 in grants, with individual grants starting at $2,500.

Clackamas County encourages applications from minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses, and sole proprietorships. MESO, the county and the grant review committee will work to ensure equitable distribution of the grants.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant, a business must:

  • Serve Clackamas County residents
  • Employed fewer than 25 employees on Feb. 29, 2020
  • Affected economically by COVID-19 in at least ONE of the following categories:
    • Had to close because of Governor’s Executive Order 20-12.
    • For-profit businesses can demonstrate a one-month decline in revenue of more than 50% in the month of March 2020 or April 2020 as compared with revenue in the month of January 2020 or February 2020.
    • Non-profit businesses can demonstrate a decline in revenue greater than 50% across the months of March 2020 and April 2020 as compared with the same period of time in 2019.
  • Have been unable to access federal CARES Act funds, including:
    • Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program
    • Other federal programs for emergency pandemic funding
  • If part of a chain, must be an individually-owned franchise.

For Questions
Jon Legarza
Business and Economic Development Coordinator
Business and Community Services
503-742-4BIZ

Application

Applications are available beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, June 29. All applications that are complete and received by the 5 p.m., Friday, July 3 will be considered.

For information on determining eligibility, how to complete the form or what documents may be needed, contact Linda Tran at MESO, clackamasgrants@mesopdx.org or 503-489-7410

 

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CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE 2020 RECRUITMENT

CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE 2020 RECRUITMENT

The Portland City Auditor’s Independent Police Review (IPR) is responsible for the civilian oversight of the Portland Police Bureau (Police Bureau). The Citizen Review Committee (CRC) is an advisory body to IPR and the Police Bureau. CRC members are appointed by Portland City Council to serve three-year terms. Candidates must be Portland, Oregon residents or business owners as well as be impartial and objective in regard to law enforcement. Application here.

CITIZEN REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

• Hold public meetings to hear community and Police Bureau member appeals of police misconduct investigations;

• Listen to community concerns regarding police conduct;

• Participate in trainings and activities to increase cultural awareness and responsiveness;

• Engage in training and other activities to learn about policing;

• Review Police Bureau policies and procedures;

• Advise IPR on complaint handling processes;

• Interact with elected officials; and

• Periodically serve on the Police Review Board, an advisory body to the Chief of Police that makes recommendations as to findings and propose officer discipline of sworn members.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS

• Demonstrate ability to be impartial and objective;

• Possess sound communication and listening skills;

• Lead and function well in a group;

• Maintain high standards of confidentiality;

• Act as an appeal body member and become familiar with the relevant City Code and protocols in conducting appeal hearings and other duties; and

• Be willing to make a substantial time commitment—including trainings, monthly evening meetings, workgroup meetings, and independent review of complaint files.

Every effort is made to select qualified persons who represent the demographic and ethnic diversity of Portland. Applications are evaluated and scored by a selection committee and the most qualified applicants are asked to appear for an interview. Selected applicants are asked to submit to a background check (each applicant is reviewed individually and results of a background check do not necessarily preclude service on CRC), and are then submitted by the City Auditor for City Council appointment to a three-year term.

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Ready to reopen? Here’s what you need to know – From SAIF

Keeping workplaces safe and healthy during the pandemic

Tips and resources for helping workers stay safe from COVID-19

Reopening your business?

Watch a webinar  from Barren Liebman Attorneys in Portland, as attorney Chris Morgan describes key considerations for your reopening.

Workplace safety and health

Employers are encouraged to follow guidelines from the Oregon Health AuthorityCenters for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, and to check these resources regularly since the situation is changing daily.

Resources for a safe reopening

Here’s a list of safety tips and resources for businesses that are reopening their doors after closing for coronavirus.

News

Read our latest news and tips on staying safe and healthy—whether you’re a frontline worker or working from home.

OSHA rules

Visit resources on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 and get current information on standards and rules during the pandemic.

SBA Economic Injury Assistance for COVID-19

The economic injury assistance program that Governor Brown may request from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is called the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. It can provide low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations. Loans cannot be made to governmental entities, including Tribes. Further information can be found: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

 SBA declarations are done by county, and once declared, the assistance is made available in contiguous counties, even across state lines. For those of you receiving this who are not county employees, please work with your county on this.

I have attached the SBA “ESTIMATED DISASTER ECONOMIC INJURY WORKSHEET FOR BUSINESSES.” Most of the form entries are obvious, but business owners completing the form should be advised that:

  • Despite the May 2010 form date on the bottom right corner of the Worksheet, it is the current version.
  • Worksheets need to be fully completed, with all questions answered regarding business revenues, whether there was any business interruption insurance, as well as the comments section.  The comments section should indicate that the economic impacts are a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The SBA has determined that the incident start date is January 31, 2020; the end date can (and will) vary from one business to the next, and can be answered as “unknown” or “undetermined.”
  • The Worksheet is not an application for assistance.
  • Completing a Worksheet does not commit the business to later requesting the assistance, nor must a business complete a Worksheet in order to later request assistance. The Worksheets submitted merely give Governor Brown the evidence necessary to request an EIDL declaration from the U.S. SBA.

Please email completed worksheets to Joseph and Sonya as you receive them.

One option will be to scan them to PDF and email us the PDF.

 For confidentiality, the Worksheets should not otherwise be shared with anyone other than Sonya and me without the business owner’s permission.

The Worksheets help the SBA to measure lost revenue (lost sales), and employee lay-offs at economically impacted small businesses.

In order to request the assistance, Governor Brown will need a minimum of five Worksheets statewide that make a good case for economic injury, and at least one for each county that wants to be included in the declaration request.

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Willamette Falls Trust Community Engagement and Operations Manager

About Willamette Falls Trust
Our mission is to champion and sustain a world-class Willamette Falls experience that offers year-round access
to the grandeur of the Falls, historic and cultural interpretation, healthy habitat, public open spaces, and that
showcases the hospitality of historic Oregon City.
Willamette Falls Trust works closely in collaboration with the Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners to ensure
the public is well informed and engaged in the efforts to construct and complete the Riverwalk project. The
Trust also works with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (landowner), Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Indians, Confederated Tribes of The Umatilla Indian Reservations, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,
Confederated Tribes and Bands of The Yakama Nation, and the greater Portland urban Indigenous community to
ensure that diverse communities are represented at the Falls. The ultimate outcome of this engagement will be
a world-class Riverwalk experience where all people are welcome and belong.
Willamette Falls Trust is seeking diverse candidates to fill a Community Engagement and Operations Manager
position to assist with the community engagement and administrative tasks required to support our efforts to
build a Riverwalk to Willamette Falls, North America’s second most powerful waterfall. We are seeking a
candidate with significant experience with indigenous communities, a growth mindset, and flexible skillset. This
position is based in Oregon City. The successful candidate will be one who can evolve with the organization, and
who has the potential to communicate effectively with the public, problem solve, and manage multiple ongoing
projects. The ideal candidate brings a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness to all aspects of the
organization.
This job is for you, if you:
• Are culturally-sensitive and thrive working with Indigenous and diverse communities
• Enjoy a fast-paced environment and are interested in career growth opportunities
• Have excellent communication with strong interpersonal and service skills
• Can appropriately handle confidential and often sensitive information
• Are highly organized, motivated, and goal-driven
• Are comfortable and confident with CRM-type databases and the Microsoft Office Suite
JOB DESCRIPTION
Community Engagement & Donor Stewardship (50%)
• Experience working with Indigenous communities
• Primary logistics person for donor cultivation events; tasks can include management of invitations and
RSVPs, set up and break down, A/V assistance, and preparation of materials
• Represent and present on Willamette Falls Trust in community settings and events
• Create and maintain relationships with community businesses for cross-promotional purposes
Volunteer Management (15%)

• Support administrative work around the Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, and Ambassador
Council, including preparation of meeting materials, recording minutes, communications around
meeting schedules, and RSVPs
• Manage and grow Volunteer Corps through training, communications, project development
Communications (10%)
• Responsible for communication updates for donors, including email updates and updated
acknowledgement
• Update and manage social media channels, Squarespace website as needed
Financial (10%)
• Managing day to day financial transactions: accounts payable, data entry, tracking against restricted
funds accounts, expense reports
• Complete basic financial management duties including interfacing with a CPA
• Prepare standard year-to-date financial reports for the Board of Directors, financial reports for internal
and external audiences, including grant applications and reports
Technology (10%)
• Oversee database (Bloomerang) and data entry for tasks such as gift entry and acknowledgement
letters; pledge reminders, tracking, and reporting; gift agreements; event attendance tracking
Administrative Support (5%)
• Order and manage office supplies
• Filing (digital and paper) of donor records, bank statements, and other confidential materials
Minimum Requirements
• Experience working with Indigenous and ethnically/culturally diverse communities
• Highly organized. Able to balance multiple priorities, keep others on task, and consistently meet
deadlines
• Strong critical thinking capabilities with the ability to solve problems of moderate complexity in a timely
and logical manner
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
• Able to maintain a valid driver’s license and can provide proof of insurance. Must have own
transportation
Preferred Qualifications
• Significant experience working within indigenous and ethnic/culturally diverse communities
• 2+ years’ experience working in an administrative or nonprofit setting
• Experienced and conversant in fundraising techniques and best practices
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
• Familiarity with Bloomerang or other CRMs
• Familiarity with Quickbooks
• Knowledge of the Portland metro’s donor community
• Experience in working with and managing volunteers
Working Conditions
Occasional evening or weekend work is required to carry out events and meetings. Occasional travel is required
largely within the region (Oregon and southwest Washington) to participate in and facilitate donor meetings,

events and professional development training. Work is fast-paced with multiple projects and objectives in
motion and will sometimes require moderate physical activity. Some activities may require moving up to 50 lbs.
Salary & Benefits
$42,000 – $50,000, plus benefits (health, vision, dental insurance)
3 weeks PTO, floating holidays, generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible schedule
To Apply
Applications accepted until April 1, 2020, or until the position has been filled. Please send the following
materials via email to alexis@willamettefallstrust.org:
Cover Letter
Resume
List of three references (include name, title, relationship to applicant, phone number, and email)
Willamette Falls Trust is committed to its work in improving its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and
fostering an environment where all people are welcome. We encourage applications from a diverse pool of
applicants. Willamette Falls Trust provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for
employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion,
age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender
identity.

Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program

Supporting Native Graduate Students in Education

Education Northwest has had the honor of working with many Native educators, students, families, and community members throughout our 53-year history. These partnerships reflect a core value of our organization—the desire to address inequities within our education system and to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We believe that healthy Native communities are essential to the health and well-being of our region, and we remain committed to this effort.

The Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program is part of this commitment. This scholarship program strives to increase Native representation in the field of education by providing financial support, mentoring, and internships for Native students in the Northwest who are pursuing a master’s degree in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field. We view this program as an opportunity to create long-term partnerships that will improve our ability to meet the needs of Native communities.

Our former colleague, Steve Nelson, dedicated his career to working with tribes, communities, and schools to improve American Indian students’ success in academics and in life. This program honors his work by providing selected students with as many as three years of annually renewable scholarships. Awardees will receive a maximum of $5,000 each year, and we will award as many as five scholarships per year—one for a resident of each state in our primary service region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals need to:

  • Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Be a member or descendent of a federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated American Indian tribe; or Alaska Native village, council, or corporation; or Native Hawaiian; or identify as a Pacific Islander from a U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdiction (specifically, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau).
  • Be accepted to or enrolled in a master’s program in an accredited, public or private, nonprofit institution of higher education in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and maintain a course load that ensures graduate degree completion within three years.
  • Pursue a field of study in education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or a closely related field.
  • Have graduated from a four-year, regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Complete an essay that answers the questions:
    • Why am I pursuing a master’s degree in the field of education policy, leadership, technical assistance, research, or closely related field?
    • What are my post-graduation goals?
    • How have I and will I contribute to strengthening my own community and/or rural or Native communities as a whole?
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (excluding letters from immediate family members), with at least one from a community member who can attest to the candidate’s Native heritage and his/her commitment to the designated course of study and to serving rural and/or Native communities after attainment of the master’s degree.
  • Begin school as a full- or part-time student no later than the fall semester immediately following the award.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship can be submitted annually from November 30 to March 31. No applications will be considered after the March 31 deadline.

Recipients will be notified of conditional awards no later than June 30, for study beginning the following fall term. Final awards will be made directly to the institution of higher education once an awardee has provided proof of acceptance and/or registration in an institution that meets the scholarship program requirements.

The scholarship program will be administered at the sole discretion of Education Northwest. Award funds will be deposited in the financial aid office of the institution attended by the recipient.

Education Northwest reserves the right to change or discontinue the Steven R. Nelson Native Educator Scholarship Program at any time and without notice.

Procedure for Continuing Awards

To maintain eligibility, a scholarship recipient must meet the following standards:

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Demonstrate substantial progress toward the fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements
  • Fulfill all program reporting requirements
  • Maintain enrollment status during the academic year
  • Apply each year to request continued scholarship support until graduation (not to exceed three years)

Additional Benefits of the Program

  • Awardees will have the opportunity to work with an Education Northwest mentor both during and after the program.
  • Awardees may also pursue a paid internship with Education Northwest, either at our home office in Portland, Oregon, or in the awardees current residence/location.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Steven R. Nelson Scholarship Program! If you have any questions or would like additional information, we encourage you to reach out to us at:

Nelson Scholarship Administrator
c/o Human Resources, Education Northwest
101 SW Main Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204