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For 2019, the town selected for funding was Warrenton. We are championing the motivated group of citizen volunteers who have assembled as the new nonprofit Spruce Up Warrenton.
For 2020, the town selected for funding was Milton-Freewater. The Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance is working to create Freewater Square, a community gathering space with business incubators.
For 2021, we are prioritizing applications under the following criteria:
We are especially eager to hear from Southern and Central Oregon towns impacted by wildfire.
Our application also allows submissions from towns or organizations that feel like they are a close fit for the program priorities, but who are perhaps on the cusp outside of the eligibility criteria above; we understand that there are varying definitions of rural and unique circumstances around Oregon. We are open to listening to any rural organization who feels like the program goals below are exemplified in their work.
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, in advance of their annual grant renewal. 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!