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Thank you for all our submissions to the inaugural year of The Reser Family Foundation Small Community Initiative. The deadline for 2019 has passed. We are thrilled to receive such a large group of amazing ideas from folks all across Oregon!
When communities of every size do well, our state becomes even stronger. To bring greater prosperity and better quality of life to Oregon’s small towns, The Reser Family Foundation is proud to introduce our Small Community Initiative (SCI) in support of rural Oregon communities outside of metropolitan areas.
In addition to our currently available grant programs, small communities outside of metropolitan areas are also eligible to apply to SCI. Activities in the SCI may be outside of our annual grant cycles’ specific funding priorities; a wider scope of projects will be considered. Through the initiative, the Foundation will support the community for up to four years, by way of:
Once a community is approved for SCI, the Foundation will partner with the community’s efforts, providing up to four annual grants of up to $10,000 each.
The SCI values input and participation from many community stakeholders, including town residents, local business and government leaders, and regional economic partners. Our overall goals are to:
Our approach involves analysis and planning to ensure that each community is equipped to succeed. Strategies include:
Communities in our SCI program are responsible for providing a report to the Foundation annually, due on the anniversary of the grant receipt date. We encourage the community to track and evaluate benchmarks and outcomes, as well as to make refinements and adjustments along the way to improve effectiveness. We want every community to get the maximum benefit from its SCI program involvement!