Overview of the SRWC Philanthropy 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.
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
● Grant applicants are to be nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation or public schools.
● Grant funds are restricted to serving people in south Deschutes County.
● SRWC grant funds will not be awarded to support capital campaigns, endowment funds or sponsorships.
● The SRWC will not be the majority funder for any program or project.
● Grant funds may not be passed through to another organization except when an organization is functioning as the fiscal agent for a qualified project.
● Agencies receiving grant funds are required to be up-to-date on grant reporting prior to receipt of funding for the next year.
● An agency or a public school may apply for one grant per year.
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
● February 15, 2023 (for a mid-March decision)
● September 15, 2023 (for a mid-October decision)
● The current application form is available here.
Agencies who have received grants are required to be up to date on reporting prior to submitting a new application. Reports inform the SRWC Philanthropy Committee of progress toward the goals stated in your grant and inform the committee of any concerns in meeting grant deliverables as stated in your award agreement. Please use the following reporting forms:
For grants received in March 2022:
● Your interim report is due on or before August 15, 2022.
● Your final report is due on or before January 15, 2023
For grants received in October 2022:
● Your interim report is due on or before March 15, 2023.
● Your final report is due on or before September 15, 2023