Community Funding

Grants totaling $9000 were awarded to 16 organizations in Grant and Wheeler counties this spring, the result of a collaboration between the Shelk Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust Coalitions.

The Shelk Foundation is in sync with the Cultural Trust model of relying on local volunteers to distribute seed grants that address the needs of their counties. For the past two years the Shelk Foundation has contributed $20,400 to the Grant County Juniper Arts Council and the Wheeler County Cultural and Heritage Coalition to distribute as general purpose grants in their counties.

Rural nonprofits’ needs are generally small and immediate. Most nonprofits are staffed by dedicated volunteers, many who have never applied for a grant. Local businesses and community members are stretched thin with repeated requests for donations. The Shelk Foundation Community Funding program helps fill that gap.


Wheeler County
Mitchell School for trip to Shakespeare Festival in Ashland – $500
Mitchell City Council for structure to protect Bear Bench in park – $500
Mitchell School Choir for formal wear as concert attire – $250
Spray Grange to repair kitchen island – $500
Spray Museum to update lighting – $500
Spray School to defray costs for field trip to Newport – $500
To promote Wheeler County arts and crafts events – $250

Grant County
Canopy for Grant County Fairgrounds – $400
Grant County 4H Leaders to update 4H fair display – $600
Grant County Library for Legos for Legos Night – $500
Healthy ‘n’ Fit Kids health promotion day camp – $1000
Vernon Grange to help replacement of septic system – $1000
Grant County OSU Extension for financial training class – $1000
Cinnabar Mountain Playdays to purchase insurance – $500
Grant School District for timing system for track meets – $500

In addition to funding, our grant program has other objectives:
♦   Helping nonprofits learn grantwriting skills, including project planning, budgeting, and storytelling
♦   Creating an opportunity to be successful in receiving a small grant and encouragement to apply for grants from other foundations
♦   Provide local support that can be leveraged as a match for other grants