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Roundhouse Foundation of Sisters announces grants to 75 organizations totaling $1.4 million

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) — – The Roundhouse Foundation, which supports innovative programs in rural Oregon communities, announced the final selections in its spring open call for proposals Monday.

The programs and projects supported fall within the organization’s four focus areas, which are fundamental to building thriving rural areas: arts and culture; environmental stewardship; social services and education. A total of $1.4 million has been awarded to 75 organizations working across Oregon to support rural and tribal communities.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to help support the very important work being done in rural Oregon,” said Erin Borla, executive director and trustee of the Roundhouse Foundation. “While The Roundhouse Foundation has four key focus areas, these programs showcase the magic that happens at the intersections of these areas. We look forward to seeing how these programs will positively impact rural communities across our state. »

The activities supported fall under four main areas of intervention. Here are some examples of programs in each area:
arts and culture

  • Eastern Oregon Regional Theater: to support the theater’s creation of a paid Artistic Director position, who will set artistic direction and train and mentor volunteers in directing, acting, sets and costumes. (northeast Oregon)
  • Oregon Arts Watch: to publish a series of stories that will profile a variety of vital cultural centers serving rural areas and examine how they uniquely serve and reflect their communities. (Statewide)
  • Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES): to add an additional music program serving an elementary school in Newberg and expand the reach of YES’s literacy programs to underserved families in Yamhill County. (North Willamette Valley)


  • Chess for Success: to expand Chess Club programming to 15 schools in rural counties across the state, helping to serve as a conduit to build community, connection and trust. (Statewide)
  • Creswell Clubhouse: to provide young people with a safe and healthy place to practice their reading skills, receive help with homework, use computer resources and participate in enriching educational activities after school. (southern Willamette Valley)
  • Dufur School District: to host the Baker Technical Institute (BTI) mobile training program for local high school students to obtain certifications in first aid/CPR, forklift operator, flagman from the Oregon Department of Transportation and heavy equipment operator, as well as an introductory Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) course. (Columbia Gorge)

environmental stewardship

  • Oregon State University – Juntos Afuera: Offering an 8-week outdoor summer camp for LatinX youth based in Tillamook County to help them learn about and celebrate Latino culture, develop leadership skills, and explore the career opportunities in natural resources. (North Coast)
  • Siuslaw Watershed Council (SWC): to purchase a truck and trailer to enhance environmental stewardship and community engagement activities that will restore and protect the Siuslaw watershed. (southern Willamette Valley)
  • Vesper Meadow Education Program: to expand First Food’s long-term tribal partnership and restoration capacity on the Vesper Meadow Reservation, including field restoration, research, community programming, and community expansion. partnerships. (Southern Oregon)

Social services

  • Central Oregon Council on Aging: To support a bilingual case manager position that focuses on services for the LatinX older population, including a culturally appropriate nutrition, respite care, and home safety program. (Central Oregon)
  • Families First of Grant County: To support a Child Care Coordinator to increase early childhood education capacity and child care opportunities in Grant County, edited by of the Grant County Early Childhood Development Task Force. (northeastern Oregon)
  • South Wasco Alliance: to deliver and expand economic, food system and workforce development programs, while creating a sense of community connection and place through local arts and cross-cultural education. (Columbia Gorge)

For a full list of programs and projects supported in this grant cycle, visit the foundation’s website here. The Roundhouse Foundation’s next grant cycle will begin in the fall.

About the Roundhouse Foundation

The Roundhouse Foundation is a private family foundation, based in Sisters, Oregon since 2002. The Foundation believes that solutions to the unique challenges of rural Oregon communities can be found through creative thinking and problem solving, innovation and collaboration. We partner with community organizations to develop, implement, and sustain creative, place-based approaches and programs that strengthen and celebrate rural Oregon.

In addition to providing grantmaking services to rural communities and tribal areas in Oregon, the Roundhouse Foundation operates the Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture in Sisters. For more information about the Foundation or PMRCAA please visit