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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:

  • programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect
  • programs that support children who have been abused
  • child/teen safety initiatives

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:

  • programs that offer meals and food boxes along with additional support services for children, women, families and/or seniors
  • programs that increase the nutritional value of food provided to food insecure individuals

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: 

  • 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 LaPine as those schools are currently not meeting state benchmarks for achievement and graduation rates.  Therefore, we wish to 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 at-risk

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:

  • programs that address health inequalities and improve access to health services
  • prevention programs that strengthen the health of our community’s residents

Grant deadlines: 

  • September 15, 2021 (for a mid-October decision)
  • February 15, 2022 (for a mid-March decision)

Grants awarded in 2021 include:


Priority #1 ~ Programs addressing Hunger
 Care and Share Community Outreach  $2,500  Food boxes 1 time/month for South County residents
 Council on Aging of Central Oregon  $2,500  Community Dining Program - meals 3 days/week at the La Pine Senior Center
 La Pine Community Kitchen  $10,000  Hot meals 5 days/week and grocery boxes 2 days/week
 The Giving Plate  $2,500

 Backpack Program - weekend food for South County kids

 The 1017 Project  $5,000  High quality beef for food pantries & food programs
Total-Hunger   $22,500
Priority #2 ~ Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention
 CASA of Central Oregon  $5,000  Training & support for new CASA advocates
 Friends of the Children Central Oregon  $2,500  Paid, professional mentors for high-risk kids
 KIDS Center, Inc.  $4,000  Evaluation, treatment & post trauma therapy for victims of abuse & their families
 MountainStar Family Relief Nursery  $2,500  La Pine Outreach Program
Total-Child Abuse Prevention   $14,000
Priority #3 ~ Education & Youth Development
 SMART  $3,000  Books for kids at Rosland, La Pine & Three Rivers Schools
 Three Rivers PTA  $1,250  Resources for emotional and social adjustment to ensure kids are ready to learn
 La Pine Park & Recreation Foundation  $2,663  Youth Intern Project for Drug Abuse Prevention
 Rising Stars Preschool  $4,000  Scholarships for low-income families and operating support
Total-Education/Youth Development   $10,913
Priority #4 ~ Secure Housing
 Saving Grace of Central Oregon  $3,500  Housing and support services for survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse
 Habitat for Humanity of LaPine Sunriver  $4,500  Critical Home Repair Program
 NeighborImpact  $3,000  Housing Stability Program
Total-Secure Housing   $11,000
Priority #5 ~ Access to Health & Mental Health Services
 No grants awarded    
Total 2021 Community Grants                      $58,413

The Sunriver Women's Club (SRWC) is a  501C (3) nonprofit community service organization that welcomes members from Sunriver and the surrounding communities. 

The essence of the SRWC is to be a caring partner to our neighbors, nonprofits in south Deschutes County, local businesses and visitors.


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.

Sunriver Women's Club
PO Box 3334, Sunriver, OR  97707
info@sunriverwomensclub.org


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