The Roundhouse Foundation is pleased to announce over $1.2 million distributed to over 70 rural nonprofits across Oregon during our fall grant cycle.

Grants during the 2021 Fall Open Call Cycle were made to organizations across Oregon in 4 different program focus areas: arts and culture, education, social services, and environmental stewardship. The Foundation recognizes that frequently the work of rural organizations is at the intersection of these focus areas. Learn more about our grant programs.

Some examples of programs funded through this cycle include:

Arts & Culture

Arts Council of Pendleton: to support ongoing operations of the Pendleton Center for the Arts, a provider of arts experiences across rural Oregon.  This request also supports the purchase of a new ceramics kiln for the facility in Pendleton. (NE Oregon)

Maryhill Museum of Art: to support the second phase of the Exquisite Gorge Project II to connect national and international fiber artists who will create sculptural interpretations of the Columbia River and engage residents in outreach and participatory programming. (Columbia River Gorge)

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation: to support a show and community engagement event of Native American artists from rural Oregon and develop an exhibition for NACF Fellow, Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc & Klamath Tribes), for her work focused on Climate Change.  (Statewide)


Talent Maker City: to extend the Rise Up & Rebuild program and support Southern Oregon students with hands-on learning and professional development for staff. (Southern Oregon)

Kids Club of Jefferson County: to replace two vans to transport kids to programs, camps, and activities. (Central Oregon)

Baker Technical Institute: to support the expansion of career and technical courses offered to Tribes in Oregon through mobile training platforms to deliver programming on Reservations.  Courses offered include heavy equipment operation and truck driving.  (Statewide)

Wallowa Band Nez Perce Interpretive Center: to expand capacity for planning, hosting, and improving new and existing place-based Tribal youth educational programming and to establish and renew partnerships with Reservation-based youth programming. (NE Oregon)

Environmental Stewardship:

Long Tom Watershed Council: to continue to support the Traditional Ecological Inquiry Program, a youth education program that provides pathways for Native youth (6th grade through College) and their families to engage in an exploration of Traditional Ways of Knowing and the reciprocal relationship between humans and the land. (Mid-Willamette Valley)

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership: to purchase hardware and components associated with an aerial drone system for use in education and environmental stewardship activities throughout Tillamook County.  (North Coast)

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council: to support the Upstream Stewardship Program to engage 200 students and community members around watershed stewardship.  New programming consists of a 6-part watershed education series focused on Whychus Creek as well as hands on stewardship programming for students along Whychus Creek. (Central Oregon)

Social Services:

Ollala Center: to support the Walden Project and offer mental health therapy through nature-based activities for children from 4-17 years old with histories of trauma and abuse. (Central Coast)

Four Rivers Welcome Center: to increase the number of citizenship preparation classes in Ontario and support travel for community members to travel to Portland for their Naturalization Interviews. (Eastern Oregon)

Brookings Harbor Community Helpers: to support purchase of food for family food boxes, youth backpack program, daily food options for individuals without refrigeration and senior fresh fruits and veggies project. (South Coast)

Published On: November 24th, 2021 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Grant News /