Local grants ranged from $1000 to $200,000. They included general operating support as well as funding for staff and strategic planning. Grants also helped build new community meeting places and renovated or replaced kitchens, floors, and equipment for existing community buildings. Foundations funded projects at fairgrounds, parks, libraries, emergency shelters and food banks in communities across the four counties including Spray, Fossil, Long Creek, John Day, Burns and Prineville.
We know it takes hard work to plan a good project, research funders who have an interest in your project area, and then collect the information and write a grant that tells your story. Congratulations to our nonprofits! Well done!
Training and Workshops Pay Off
Most grant recipients were organizations who have sent people to grantwriting workshops and nonprofit trainings supported and endorsed by the Shelk Foundation.
With our encouragement, the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship (CNS) and Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) brought their quality programs into our communities throughout the spring and fall, saving time and travel expense for hardworking community volunteers and staff. We also worked with Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) to bring their Regards to Rural conference to Central Oregon for the first time last summer and to Ontario in June 2016.
Connections with Funders Build Awareness and Understanding
The Shelk Foundation helps in other ways, too, by bringing funders’ attention to critical needs and important projects in our counties.
When the Canyon Creek fire struck Grant County last summer our friends at Roundhouse Foundation provided Columbia Sportswear coats for students who had lost everything in the fire.
When a failing roof threatened the senior meal site in Fossil, we helped connect them with Meyer Memorial Trust who provided funds to fix the roof before winter.
The Lamb Foundation gave a significant grant to help start a family relief nursery in Prineville, and the Barbara Emily Knudsen Foundation brought their entire board of trustees to Burns in an innovative grantmaking process that included meeting face-to-face with nonprofit volunteers, listening to their grant proposals, asking questions, giving guidance and making truly informed grant decisions.
By working and learning together, we all make a difference in our rural counties.