SRWC community grant program
Overview of the SRWC Community Grant Program
The Sunriver Women’s Club awards Community Grants to nonprofit agencies and public schools that serve the south Deschutes County community in any of the five priority areas below. The grants are made possible through the fundraising of the Sunriver Women’s Club and the generous support of our members and community-minded individuals and businesses.
A nine-member committee is responsible for setting priorities, soliciting grant applications from local nonprofits and public schools, conducting a thorough evaluation, and making recommendations to the board of directors. Decisions are based on a combination of data, best practices, and knowledge of our community needs.
To see a description of recently awarded grants visit Our Impact.
Priority Areas for Community Grants:
The SRWC Philanthropy Committee established five priorities that have the most impact for SRWC’s philanthropic giving.
Child Safety – We believe every child should grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment free from abuse and neglect. Therefore, we support:
● programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect
● programs that support children who have been abused
● child/teen safety initiatives
Hunger – We believe no one should go hungry. Best practice programs act as a hub for additional support services that provide a hand up out of poverty (i.e. - employment training, clothing, shelter, health services). Therefore, we support:
● programs that offer meals and food boxes along with additional support services
● programs that increase the nutritional value of food provided to food insecure individuals
Shelter – We believe that all people should have a safe place to call home. Secure housing can stabilize families and children by providing security and personal safety. Therefore, we support:
● programs and services that keep people in their homes and prevent homelessness (repairs to make a home habitable, support for utilities, etc.)
● programs that provide shelter and placement services for people rebuilding their life after leaving their home (i.e. - domestic violence, fire, etc.)
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 La Pine as those schools are currently not meeting state benchmarks for achievement and graduation rates. Therefore, we support:
● in school and out of school programs designed to support social, emotional, and academic growth for children pre-K through high school, especially for those who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood
Health & Mental Health - We believe that everyone should have access to quality health services that improve the physical and mental health of our community. Therefore, we support:
● programs that address health inequalities and improve access to health services
● prevention programs that strengthen the health of our community’s residents