Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon
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.


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 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. Applicants may request up to $2,000.

The Catalyst Grant is a one-time only grant.

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

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)

2017 Grant Recipients

  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) OHSU Chapter: "Strength through Stories" Conference
    An opportunity for health care providers, scientists and medical students to come together to learn, share and reflect about the power of stories in medical education, practice and advocacy.

  • Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation: Mortality Research Project
    Exposing the largely unrecognized risks of mortality associated with having chronic IH will assist patients, as well as health care providers in making informed treatment-related decisions.

  • Providence Internal Medicine Resident: Blue Light Exposure Assessment 
    The data acquired could be used to help design an IRB approved study looking at light level and color related to patient’s sleep quality. Potential interventions would be aimed at optimizing a patient’s environment while being treated in the hospital setting but could expand to home environments.

Previous Grants Awards

  • A family services program received $395 for medical resource books
  • A medical student received $500 for an evaluation of skateboard safety in Tualatin
  • A nursing school received $500 for a simulation for health careers education
  • Three community organizations received $2,000 each for childhood obesity intervention initiatives
  • A public high school received $100 for smoking cessation kits

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