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OED offers more than $2.3M in grants to fund nonprofits on outreach, education for unemployment insurance

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Starting Sept. 29, you can learn more about the requirements of this grant and apply at

If your organization has the resources, expertise, and capacity to reach people of your community and help them thrive in difficult economic times, we want to help fund those efforts. 

The Oregon Employment Department (OED) wants to make the benefits from the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program more accessible, especially for marginalized communities. To accomplish this, we’re offering more than $2.3 million in grants to nonprofits that can help connect communities with the benefits they need.

Our goal is to improve access to benefits, especially for workers who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and affected by poverty and inequity. We recognize the department’s limitations in reaching these communities, due to a variety of factors, including a lack of cultural knowledge and connections.

That’s why we want to partner with community-based organizations that already have these connections, are committed to educating these communities about available resources, and are ready to help people to access these benefits. We are seeking groups that know how to reach their communities, identify problems, and collaborate with us to develop long-term solutions.

To support these efforts, the American Rescue Plan Act UI Navigator Program has set aside a total of $2.3 million in grants to fund the efforts of community-based organizations across Oregon. We invite your proposals to:

  • Conduct targeted outreach activities to people of color and other workers who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.
  • Raise awareness of UI benefits and eligibility requirements, applications, and certification requirements.
  • Assist workers in accessing UI benefits and refer potential individual eligibility problems to OED.
  • Collaborate with OED to increase awareness of the program through avenues that best suit community members’ needs.

Communities in focus

The grant is focused on, but not limited to the following communities. We welcome your proposals that will reach other underrepresented communities as well.

  • Native American, members of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Black, African, African American
  • Latina, Latino, Latinx, Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Pacific Islander (including Compact of Free Association Citizens)
  • Immigrant, Refugee, Asylum-Seeker, Deferred Status Holder, Temporary Protected Status
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), “Dreamers,” Non-Immigrant Visa Holder
  • Linguistically diverse, English language learners (ELL)
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • People with Disabilities
  • Farmworker and Migrant Seasonal Worker

Important information

  • Description: Unemployment Insurance Navigator Grant Program
  • Contact: Procurement and Contracts Specialist Ronda Wirth, 971-375-3484,
  • Pre-bid conference: The pre-bid conferences will be Oct. 18 and 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. through a Microsoft Teams call. Send the proposer’s email information to Ronda Wirth and a separate email will be sent with the details of how to join the Teams call.

Upcoming dates

Several important dates are approaching quickly:

  • Sept. 29 – Request for Grant Proposals posted at
  • Oct. 18 – First conference call planned from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 20 – Answers to questions and requests for clarification released by 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 25 – Second conference call planned from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 27 – Answers to questions and requests for clarification released by 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 – Proposals due by 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 30 – We will notify selected CBOs of awards.

Need help?

The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please go to and click on Contact Us or call us at 877-345-3484. TTY users call 711.

¿Necesita ayuda?

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon (OED) es una agencia de igualdad de oportunidades. El OED proporciona ayuda gratuita para que usted pueda utilizar nuestros servicios. Algunos ejemplos son intérpretes de lengua de señas e idiomas hablados, materiales escritos en otros idiomas, letra grande, audio y otros formatos. Para obtener ayuda, vaya a y haga clic en Contact o llámenos al 877-345-3484. Usuarios de TTY pueden llamar al 711.