SRWC community grant program
The SRWC Community Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations providing essential services to women, children, families and seniors with the goal of developing a strong network of services in south Deschutes County that will improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
The grant process is overseen by a nine-member committee responsible for setting priorities, soliciting grant applications from local nonprofits, conducting a thorough evaluation process and making a funding recommendation to the board of directors. Decisions are based on a combination of data, best practices, and knowledge of our community needs.
Areas of Focus for Community Grants:
In order to focus our philanthropic contributions in the areas where we believe we can have the most impact, the Philanthropy Committee has established the following priorities for SRWC’s philanthropic giving:
Child Safety – We believe that every child should grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment free from abuse and neglect. However, the stresses of the pandemic have only exacerbated an already serious problem in south Deschutes County. Therefore, we wish to support:
Hunger – We believe that no one should go hungry yet many of our neighbors do. We know that those who are hungry are also likely in need of other ancillary services. Best practice programs act as a hub in the community for additional support services that will provide a hand up out of poverty (i.e. - employment training, clothing, shelter, health services). Therefore, we wish to support:
Shelter – We believe that all people should have a place to call home. Secure housing can stabilize families and children by providing security and personal safety. Therefore, we wish to support:
Education & Youth Development - We believe that every child should enter kindergarten ready to learn and be supported throughout their school years so they can be healthy, happy and successful. We are especially interested in supporting programs targeted toward children in LaPine as those schools are currently not meeting state benchmarks for achievement and graduation rates. Therefore, we wish to support:
Health & Mental Health - We believe that everyone should have access to quality health services that improve the physical and mental health of our community -- its children, families and senior citizens. Therefore we wish to support:
Grants awarded in 2021 include: