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Eligibility, priorities, and process

Grow Guidelines

Funding priorities

  • Clearly defined, short-term projects that provide long-term benefits to the Portland metro community. Projects must take place in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County.
  • Preference will be given to programs that support education and youth development, housing and human services, the arts, environmental and conservation, and animal welfare.
  • Projects that can be completed entirely with the grant funds awarded.
  • Programs that will significantly benefit the local community, address an immediate need, and/or assist a large number of people.
  • View a list of previously funded projects.


  • No purchase is necessary and Advantis membership is not required.
  • Eligible organizations must currently be a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and recognized in the Guidestar ( database.  
  • Projects must be completed for the amount of the grant awarded. Grow grant funds may not become part of a pool of funds designated for larger projects.
  • Qualifying organizations are eligible for a Grow grant of up to $10,000.
  • Organizations are not eligible to receive an Advantis Grow grant two consecutive years.
  • Organizations are not allowed to purchase votes online. Additionally, the use of robotic or automatic devices for voting is prohibited and Advantis reserves the right to nullify any such votes and to disqualify the responsible organization. Any attempt by any person to vote more than the number of times authorized herein, using any third party proxy voting services, using multiple names or email addresses and/or any other fraudulent mechanisms, including robotic, automatic, programmed or similar methods, shall give Advantis, in its sole discretion, the right to disqualify the organization.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Advantis website to be eligible for funding. Paper or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Advantis will disqualify Grow grant applications received from:

  • Organizations that include religion in programs (social service programs that take place within a church or place of worship are eligible if services are provided to participants without regard to their faith or willingness to participate in religious activities).
  • Organizations that are, or have been, under any investigation for fraud, financial misconduct, or other criminal activity.  
  • Organizations that participate in behavior deemed inappropriate by the Grow selection committee, including but not limited to, unsportsmanlike conduct between competing organizations.
  • Organizations that disparage or denigrate anyone by age, color, mental or physical abilities, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or other characteristics.
  • Organizations that support or promote the pro-life or pro-choice movements.

Advantis will disqualify Grow grant applications for:

  • Scholarships
  • Team sponsorships
  • Scientific or medical research
  • Requests benefitting an individual
  • Ongoing business or operating expenses
  • Political campaigns or lobbying
  • Endowments
  • General fund drives or deficit funding
  • Debt payments
  • Conferences
  • Memberships in civic organizations or trade associations
  • Expenses incurred prior to Grow grant decision

Funding process

Organizations that are selected to receive a Grow grant must complete the project as detailed in their application. Once the project is complete, organizations may submit receipts and documentation of the project expenses to Advantis, who will then reimburse the organization in the amount of the grant awarded. Receipts must be submitted to Advantis by December 31, 2023 in order to receive reimbursement. At its discretion, Advantis may provide grant funds prior to the project being complete, however the organization will be required to sign an agreement before releasing the grant funds.


Grow grant applications from individual schools or Grow grant applications from organizations for funding serving an individual school are restricted from participating in the Grow grant program. If you are seeking support for an individual school, please visit your neighborhood Advantis branch and inquire with the branch manager about the possibility of school-based support.