Five years ago the Shelk Foundation partnered with the Juniper Arts Council to administer the Shelk Community Grants. Since then the Council has granted a total $15,000 to Grant County nonprofit organizations and projects.
Kids across the county have benefited from grants to 4H and FFA clubs, the Cinnebar Mountain Playdays, and for Lego nights at the library. Community grants have also supported CASA, Heart of Grant County, Mt. Vernon Grange, and purchased safety gear for a Blue Mountain Community College welding class at Grant Union High School.
Juniper Arts Council disburses about $7000 annually for the Oregon Cultural Trust which supports art, arts education and cultural heritage in Grant County. It also offers scholarships to Grant County college students pursuing a degree in an arts-related field.
All in all, the Juniper Arts Council distributes more than $10,000 every year in Grant County for a range of community projects. In addition, they provide local training and experience in writing grants. This fits nicely with the Shelk Foundation’s goal to help build skills and provide tools to successfully bring more grants from larger statewide foundations into Grant County.
Deadline for the 2019 Shelk Community Grant is April 5. Applications are available from Karin Barntish, 131 West Main Street, John Day 97845. For information, phone Kris Beal at 541-932-4892.