The Roundhouse Foundation began bolstering organizations that serve and support rural and Tribal areas of Oregon in 2002. This fall, the foundation is pleased to support the work of 104 organizations for the fall 2023 Open Call cycle with nearly $1.5 million. Grant partners fall into four focus areas: arts and culture, education, social services, and environmental stewardship. The Roundhouse Foundation believes in the importance of these areas for the sustainability of life for rural Oregonians and the state’s tribal communities.

“We are honored to support the great work happening throughout rural Oregon,” said Erin Borla, Executive Director and Trustee of The Roundhouse Foundation. “There are passionate people across Oregon, and The Roundhouse Foundation team is pleased to be able to be a partner with a few programs dedicated to supporting and building  community strength and resilience in rural, frontier and Tribal communities.”

Grants from this process range from $2,500 to $75,000, some distributed across multiple years to support the sustainability of projects that require longer-term investments.

Some of the fall 2023 supported programs within the four focus areas include:

Arts and Culture

Condon Arts Council: to support a visiting artist program, provide art excursions for school-age youth, and continue arts programming for community members of all ages. (Columbia Gorge)

Liberty Restoration Inc: to support teaching artists, program costs, and professional development for this children’s theater on the North Oregon Coast. (North Coast)

Oregon Coast School of Art: to complete an artist in residency studio/apartment that will allow OCSA to bring in two more artists to hold classes for local community members. (South Coast)


Blue Mountain Community College: to support BMCC’s Precision Agriculture Mobile Laboratory outreach to middle and high schools in Eastern Oregon. A new sensor and drone will allow BMCC students the opportunity to collect data and do research with Oregon State University scientists. (Northeast Oregon)

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center Inc: to expand the MedQuest program in eastern Oregon. MedQuest is a career exploration camp designed for high school students interested in learning more about careers in health care.(Eastern Oregon)

Oakridge Public Library: to support the design and construction of a community meeting space, which does not currently exist despite frequent public requests. (Willamette Valley)

Rogue Valley Mentoring: to expand group mentoring services to Jackson County youth by embedding mentors directly in schools to reduce barriers to accessing support in a region where there is a significant dearth of mental health professionals. (Southern Oregon)

Environmental Stewardship

EcoSource Native Seed: to purchase a refrigerated trailer that will help EcoSource collect, grow, and transplant native sagebrush seeds in areas affected by fire. (Southeast Oregon)

Elderberry Wisdom Farm: to provide culturally-tailored technical assistance and experiential service learning opportunities to Indigenous students developing careers in agriculture and environmental conservation. The program will also develop microenterprises that integrate traditional ecological knowledge. (Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Grand Ronde, Warm Springs and Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw)

Think Wild: to provide free wildlife education programming for rural and underserved Central and Eastern Oregon K-12 youth in and out of the classroom. Grant funds will support personnel, mileage, supplies, and equipment for the existing wildlife education programs for rural students in Deschutes and Jefferson County as well as a new partnership with the Crook County School District. (Central Oregon)

Social Services

Age Friendly Sisters Country: to provide non-emergency medical transportation for 150 Sisters Country residents unable to drive themselves to medical appointments. (Central Oregon)

Emerging Unidos: to support rural farm workers and young adult interns from farm worker communities by providing vouchers, emergency supplies and kits, and other materials in rural Marion county. (Willamette Valley)

Hood River Valley Adult Center: to offset the cost of contracting with an outside provider to make and deliver daily meals to seniors while HRVAC undergoes a five-month kitchen remodel. (Hood River)

Photo credits: Liberty Restoration Inc (top left), Blue Mountain Community College (top right), Emerging Unidos (bottom left), EcoSource Native Seed (bottom right)

Published On: December 13th, 2023 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Grant News /