OHSU Knight Community Partnership Program



OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR  97239

Website: www.ohsuknightcancer.com/community-grants

Contact Person: Melissa Varnum or Niyati Desai

Contact Phone: 503-494- 1617 option 6

Contact E-mail: KnightCancerCRO@ohsu.edu

Program Funding Areas:

Grants fund projects that aim to address local, community-specific cancer-related needs in Oregon. Projects can address needs anywhere along the cancer continuum, from
prevention through survivorship.

Geographic Area Served by Grants:


Types of Support Offered:

Grants are available in three tiers: early stage (Tier 1) grants of up to $10,000, developmental (Tier 2) grants of up to $25,000 and program advancement (Tier 3) grants of up to $50,000. The multiple tiers of funding offer a method for organizations to take an initial idea and move through the funding tiers to develop a sustainable program.

Do you fund general operating costs for non-profits?

Yes, grant funds can be allocated toward personnel and general operating costs. Indirect costs may account for no more than 10% of the total proposed budget.

Restrictions/ Limitations:

In addition to the limitation on indirect costs noted above, funds may not be used for the following purposes:

  • Preparation, distribution, or use of materials to directly support or defeat proposed legislation
  • Equipment items above $3,000
    • If proposing to purchase an equipment item above $3,000, justification must be provided

Application Process:

  • Requests for Proposals are released biannually in mid-January/July.
  • Online intent to apply forms are due in early February/August.
  • Full proposals are due in early March/September.
  • Funding announcements are made in late May/November.
  • Project start dates are August 1/February 1 (note: dependent on IRB determination/approval when needed)

How do you prefer to be contacted by potential grantees? 

Email or phone

Is there anything else you would like to share with potential grantees?

  • The Community Partnership Program funds projects that are community based, it is not a requirement that projects have a clinical focus.
  • Examples of funded projects can be found here on our website.
  • In addition to grant funds, grantees gain access to trainings, technical assistance and networking opportunities.
  • Proposals that address cancer-related health disparities, including disparities related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location and disability continue to be highly encouraged.

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program continues to refine its grant process. Please review the Program website for changes in the process prior to submitting a grant proposal.