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 neighbors and have lasting impact in the community.
The grant process is overseen by a nine-member committee responsible for soliciting grant applications from local nonprofits, conducting a thorough evaluation process and making a funding recommendation to the board of directors. Committee members have diverse professional backgrounds combined with a history of philanthropic participation in their community.
The 2021 SRWC Community Grant Program
The pandemic continues to affect all of us, but especially those most vulnerable in our community. The goal of the SRWC philanthropy program for 2021 is to ensure that our nonprofit partners continue to have the resources necessary to meet the increased need in the areas of:
Child Safety - We will fund programs targeted at preventing child abuse and neglect, programs that support children who have been abused and child/teen safety initiatives. We fund programs that allow existing services to continue or will bring a new service/program to south Deschutes County.
Education/Youth Development - We will fund in school and out of school programs for children pre- K through high school that are designed to support academic success and increase graduation rates in south Deschutes County schools. Preference will be given to programs that target schools currently below the state averages in meeting achievement benchmarks and/or graduation rates.
Hunger - We will fund programs targeting south Deschutes County that offer nutritious meals and food boxes, but also act as a hub in the community for other ancillary services that families need. (i.e. - employment training, showers, clothing, shelter, health services)
Shelter - We will fund programs and services that support housing stability with the goal of keeping people in their homes and preventing homelessness in south Deschutes County. We will also fund programs that provide shelter and placement services for people who are rebuilding their life after leaving their home (i.e. - domestic violence, fire, etc.) as well as programs that support services such as utilities and repairs.
Knowing that our world remains uncertain, our 2021 grant program is being designed to be responsive to the realities of our community. We have set three grant deadlines over the course of the upcoming year (January/May/September) giving agencies the flexibility to apply for grants that reflect current needs of the agency and the community.
The 2021 SRWC Grant Program
Grants awarded in our first round of funding include:
Priority #1 ~ Programs addressing Food Insecurity
Care and Share Community Outreach
Food boxes 1 time/month for residents of La Pine and Sunriver
Council on Aging of Central Oregon
Community Dining Program - meals 3 days/week at the La Pine Senior Center
La Pine Community Kitchen
Hot meals 5 days/week and grocery boxes 2 days/week
The Giving Plate
Backpacks for Bend - weekend food for kids at Rosland, La Pine and Three Rivers
The majority of our members are from Sunriver, La Pine and Bend-everyone is welcome. Members participate in social and philanthropic activities. The membership year runs from October 1 through September 30, but you may join in any month. Click on JOIN US to start your membership process.