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Every Kid Fund

The funding cycle for July - December 2018 is now open. Please see applications below for more details.

Applications are due by noon on December 28, 2018.  


The Every Kid Fund is a unique scholarship program that provides opportunities for our youth to participate in meaningful after-school activities. The creators of this project determined the best way to build a sustainable program was to gather donations from a variety of sources and establish an investment account. The earnings from the investments are used to provide scholarships for positive after-school activities for kids who otherwise would be unable to afford to participate. Deschutes Children’s Foundation manages this fund, distributing earned income to eligible organizations that provide these activities through a request-for-proposal process.

The Every Kid Fund is a dynamic, growing resource for children in Deschutes County. Since April of 2000, the Every Kid Fund has provided over 3,400 scholarships totaling over $300,000.

The Every Kid Fund is entirely supported by grants and contributions from private individuals and businesses. To support this unique community resource, contact Deschutes Children's Foundation at 541-388-3101or mail to Every Kid Fund, 1010 NW 14th Street, Bend, OR 9770 3. We also offer secure online giving here.

Parents and kids should contact the FAN advocate at their school to apply for a scholarship from the Every Kid Fund.  Please be aware that only nonprofit organizations who provide eligible activities can apply for program membership and receive Every Kid Fund dollars. Email Amy Ward for more details.

Nonprofits organizations, please read the information below to see if your organization qualifies for a grant from the Every Kid Fund. If your organization is qualified, you can submit an application while the funding cycle is open.

Specific requirements in order to be considered to receive EKF funds:

1. Program must agree to complete a report using the EKF-provided tracking tool for each youth receiving a scholarship.
2. Program must agree that activities being funded provide opportunities for positive adult role modeling.
3. Program must agree that activities being funded provide opportunities for specific skill building. These funds cannot be used for child care.
4. Program must agree to give DCF an accounting of expenditures at the end of each period funded by completing the Recipient Report spreadsheet.

Only nonprofit organizations can receive Every Kid Fund dollars. However, kids can access scholarship money for private lessons through their FAN advocates.

In order to qualify to receive funds for scholarships, nonprofit activity organizations must:
1. Apply for membership status in the Every Kid Fund (EKF New Provider Application 2018.doc)
2. Promote the project by raising level of awareness of availability of scholarships to potential recipients.
3. Request a specific amount for the ensuing six months by a deadline date. 
4. Be accountable for expenditures.
5. Agree to certain restrictions on use of funds. 
6. Agree not to supplant already available dollars.
7. Agree to certain reporting requirements. 
The Every Kid Fund is intended for children not financially able to participate in after-school activities. It is the intent of the Fund to identify, track, and support individual at-risk youth for as many consecutive quarters as is possible. Consistent involvement in positive activities fosters healthier children and young adults. This is the goal of the EKF.

If you are a returning nonprofit after-school activity provider, please apply here: EKF Returning Provider-Application 2018.doc

For additional questions or for more information, contact Amy Ward






“The Every Kid Fund is a 'Godsend' for four students at the middle school. Two sixth graders and two seventh graders spent six Monday afternoons at the Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. All of these students have difficult family situations. We all agreed this riding class has improved their outlook about school, has made school more interesting and increased school attendance, and has increased their self-esteem. They can hardly wait to have more experiences like this."

Local middle school teacher