Caring About the Community

Grant Programs

What can you do with a little?
The answer: A lot when given the right resources at the right time.

Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon (MMFO) believes that small grants can make a big difference. As a small foundation with limited assets and a commitment to our continued mission of giving, the Foundation must be selective in making grant awards. MMFO currently offers two types of grants, Mini-Grants and Catalyst Grants. Projects should support the mission of MMFO.

Mission  It is the mission of the Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon to support activities which improve health education and the delivery of health care to the community.

Focus  The focus of MMFO activities is built upon the ideals of Building Community for Health, Building Capacity for Resilience, Promoting Well-Being and Effective Advocacy for Community Care.


The Mini-Grant Program is designed to support small projects. Mini-Grants are not intended to contribute small amounts to larger budgets. Applicants may request up to $500, and total project budget should not exceed $3,000. 

Mini-Grants are typically not awarded to any individual or organization in consecutive years.

Mini-Grant awards are made on a quarterly basis, and application submission deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 each year.

Catalyst Grants

The Catalyst Grant Program is designed to support innovative projects that clearly identify an emerging community need and/or may precipitate or provide the stimulus for a future project. These proposals should be developed with attention to the identified areas of Focus as listed above.

The Catalyst Grant is a one-time only grant per project.

Catalyst Grant awards are made on a semi-annual basis, and application submission deadlines are June 30 and December 31 each year.

2021 Grant Recipients

  • Alexandra Pincus, AMWA OHSU Chapter                                                                           2021 Region 9 Conference "Strength through Stories"

    2020 Grant Recipients

    • Boost Oregon                                                                                                               Culturally-specific vaccine education project serving minority communities living in Portland.
      • Erin Urbanowicz
        Medical Student Patient Navigation: Impact of longitudinal relationship on patient care

          2019 Grant Recipients
          • Suturing from the Heart Student Group
            Suturing from the Heart: Building Skills, Giving Warmth; provides warm clothing for the underserved
            • Molly Andreason, OHSU/VA (Oral Anticancer Medication Adherence and Safety Monitoring Among US Veterans at the VA Portland Health Care System
              Oral anti-cancer medication adherence study
              • Boost Oregon
                Parents' guide to children's vaccines and a Russian language workshop for new and expecting parents

              2018 Grant Recipients

              • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) OHSU Chapter: “Ideas to Action” Conference
                The conference seeks to empower and inspire medical students, residents, and physicians to leverage their knowledge, skills, and influence to manifest change.

              • Boost Oregon: Immunization-Education Workshops for New and Expecting Parents
                Pediatrician-led presentations provide parents evidence-based information on childhood vaccination.

              • Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (Narrative Medicine Monthly Workshop Series)

                The workshop series brings together a diverse audience made up of health care providers, patients, caretakers, students, researchers, writers, artists and anyone interested in exploring human connection through stories of illness and wellness.

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