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Nike Community Impact Fund Announces 2016 Fund Grantees

The Madison High School girl's basketball team will use their NCIF grant to go towards strength and conditioning equipment.
The Madison High School girls' basketball team will use their NCIF grant to purchase strength and conditioning equipment.

The Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) of The Oregon Community Foundation reprises its support of schools and organizations in Portland and Southwest Washington. The new round of grants includes 25 grantees, with each receiving between $5,000 and $20,000 to expand its respective vision and reach. Since its inception five years ago, the Nike Community Impact Fund has supported more than 75 organizations.

The Nike Community Impact Fund Committee, which selects the grantees, is made up of Nike employee volunteers.  In partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation, it reviews every application to determine where to allocate funds. 80 percent of these funds support projects that deliver impact through the lens of sport and physical activity while 20 percent support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions.

Since 2010, NCIF has made 300 grants totaling over 3.2 million dollars to local organization; in 2016, the fund is planning to expand to include additional cities in which Nike has Community Stores. The Nike Community Impact Fund 2016 Annual Report presents a comprehensive look at the fund’s impact since 2010, announces new grantees and features first-hand testimonials from recipients, showcasing how the grants have expanded the vision and reach of their school or organization and impacted their communities.

Applications for the next round of NCIF awards in Oregon and Southwest Washington are due by June 1, 2016, with $300,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofit organizations and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill and Columbia Counties in Oregon as well as Clark County in Southwest Washington). For additional details on this year’s grantees and information about applying for the next round of grants, download the press release.

About Nike Community Impact 

Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world and unleash human potential. However, the world is moving less and less, and today's generation of children is the least physically active ever. That’s why Nike works to get kids (ages 7-12) active early and for life, because active kids are happier, healthier and more successful. Together with its employees, partners, consumers and athletes, Nike also supports important causes that strengthen communities across the globe. Learn more.