Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT)

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The City of Tigard will begin accepting applications for a second round of grants from the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard beginning on January 18, 2021.

The Tigard City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT) in April of 2020 to provide grants to non-profits, faith organizations, agencies or service districts to provide immediate and necessary relief to Tigard residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In October of 2020, the Council authorized a second allocation to this fund.

Funding Awards

The second round of the RAFT program will provide grants of $25,000 to four eligible partners.

Eligible Organizations

Eligibility for grant funds is limited to three organizational categories:

  • Non-profits
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Government agencies or service districts

To qualify, organizations must have a demonstrated history of activity in their proposed program priority area.

An exception will be made for organizations proposing pilot programs for which they have no previous experience and that are not currently being provided by other agencies within Tigard. In this case, the organization must demonstrate a history of activity in at least three program priority areas.

Preference in selection will be given to organizations with a demonstrated history of support for houseless community members, undocumented community members, senior citizens, communities of color, or other underrepresented, disenfranchised, or at-risk communities in accordance with the city’s strategic vision for equity and inclusion.

Program Priority Areas

The RAFT program is intended to provide flexible support to meet a variety of community needs during the ongoing public health emergency. Not all priorities will be met through this program. The intent of the program priority list is to help focus proposals while still allowing proposers to identify the areas of greatest need based on their knowledge and experience and convey their ability to meet those needs in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

The list of program priorities has been narrowed since the first round of grants to focus on the daily necessities of at-risk residents.

Houseless Support Priorities

  • Benefits Navigation
  • Food Assistance
  • Medical Transport
  • Shelter Services
  • Support for Safe Lots Programs
  • Vouchers for Hotel Stays (at-risk and family priority)

Housed Support Priorities

  • Benefits Navigation
  • Food Assistance
  • Medical Transport
  • Rent Assistance
  • Utility Assistance


Method of Funding Disbursement

Funding will be disbursed in a single upfront payment.

Performance Period

Funds must be fully utilized within 60 days from date of disbursement, but in no case later than May 30, 2021.

Service Area

All program funds must be expended to benefit Tigard residents. Use of funds outside of Tigard is not allowed.

After Action Report

Each awardee is required to complete one mandatory final report to be submitted after the full utilization of funds. Reports will be no more than two pages and will require basic narrative information and estimates of clients served. Staff will work with awardees at the time of award to determine the best method of tracking and reporting based on the specifics of the proposal. Reports are critical for providing information to the Tigard City Council and staff on the impact of this funding allocation. Failure to provide the required report in a timely manner may disqualify the awardee from future consideration.

Grant Timeline

Application Published – January 18

Deadline for Applications – January 31 at 7 pm

Committee Review – February 8 (approximate)

Notice of Awards – February 9 (approximate)

Notice to Proceed – February 15 (approximate)

Disbursement – February 24 (approximate)

The application for RAFT awards is below.


The City of Tigard will begin accepting applications for a second round of grants from the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard beginning on January 18, 2021.

The Tigard City Council created the Resident Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT) in April of 2020 to provide grants to non-profits, faith organizations, agencies or service districts to provide immediate and necessary relief to Tigard residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In October of 2020, the Council authorized a second allocation to this fund.

Funding Awards

The second round of the RAFT program will provide grants of $25,000 to four eligible partners.

Eligible Organizations

Eligibility for grant funds is limited to three organizational categories:

  • Non-profits
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Government agencies or service districts

To qualify, organizations must have a demonstrated history of activity in their proposed program priority area.

An exception will be made for organizations proposing pilot programs for which they have no previous experience and that are not currently being provided by other agencies within Tigard. In this case, the organization must demonstrate a history of activity in at least three program priority areas.

Preference in selection will be given to organizations with a demonstrated history of support for houseless community members, undocumented community members, senior citizens, communities of color, or other underrepresented, disenfranchised, or at-risk communities in accordance with the city’s strategic vision for equity and inclusion.

Program Priority Areas

The RAFT program is intended to provide flexible support to meet a variety of community needs during the ongoing public health emergency. Not all priorities will be met through this program. The intent of the program priority list is to help focus proposals while still allowing proposers to identify the areas of greatest need based on their knowledge and experience and convey their ability to meet those needs in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

The list of program priorities has been narrowed since the first round of grants to focus on the daily necessities of at-risk residents.

Houseless Support Priorities

  • Benefits Navigation
  • Food Assistance
  • Medical Transport
  • Shelter Services
  • Support for Safe Lots Programs
  • Vouchers for Hotel Stays (at-risk and family priority)

Housed Support Priorities

  • Benefits Navigation
  • Food Assistance
  • Medical Transport
  • Rent Assistance
  • Utility Assistance


Method of Funding Disbursement

Funding will be disbursed in a single upfront payment.

Performance Period

Funds must be fully utilized within 60 days from date of disbursement, but in no case later than May 30, 2021.

Service Area

All program funds must be expended to benefit Tigard residents. Use of funds outside of Tigard is not allowed.

After Action Report

Each awardee is required to complete one mandatory final report to be submitted after the full utilization of funds. Reports will be no more than two pages and will require basic narrative information and estimates of clients served. Staff will work with awardees at the time of award to determine the best method of tracking and reporting based on the specifics of the proposal. Reports are critical for providing information to the Tigard City Council and staff on the impact of this funding allocation. Failure to provide the required report in a timely manner may disqualify the awardee from future consideration.

Grant Timeline

Application Published – January 18

Deadline for Applications – January 31 at 7 pm

Committee Review – February 8 (approximate)

Notice of Awards – February 9 (approximate)

Notice to Proceed – February 15 (approximate)

Disbursement – February 24 (approximate)

The application for RAFT awards is below.

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    Hi, We are a pending non-profit organization is waiting for IRS to process our 501 C3 status application, could we still send in our application?

    Jessica Lin asked about 1 month ago

    At this time, we are only accepting applications from non-profits with approved 501c3 status and public agencies and service districts.

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    Two questions: How many rounds of funding do you expect? Does funding need to be used specifically for Tigard residents or can it be put toward a service that benefits the residents? lesley@nwmmb.org

    NWMMBank asked about 1 month ago

    The current round of funding is the second round to be offered. There are no current plans to offer a third round. All awards under this program must be used exclusively for the benefit of Tigard residents through direct aid or services.