The Annual 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.
We currently award grants that fall into two broad categories:
Food and Shelter
The SRWC grant program funds essential services that support our most vulnerable citizens designed to protect and improve the lives of women, children, families and seniors in our community. 47% of the grants awarded in 2020 supported programs providing food & shelter.
Council on Aging
Meals on Wheels
Care & Share
Protein for monthly food boxes
LaPine Community Kitchen
Hot meals program
Energy assistance program
St. Vincent De Paul
Emergency shelter vouchers
The 1017 Project
Beef for South County food banks
Food gift cards for South County families
Food & Shelter
Education & Child/Youth Development
SRWC grants fund programs that improve access to quality programs for at-risk children and youth that prepare them for kindergarten, help them succeed in school and support them out of school. 53% of grants awarded in 2020 supported programs for children and youth.
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.