Grantmaking

Thank you for your interest in United Way of Southwestern Oregon’s grantmaking programs. Donations to United Way of Southwestern Oregon help to support our annual Community Impact Grant fund, which provides grant awards to eligible agencies. Our 2021 application cycle is now closed. A total of $45,500 was awarded during our 2021 grantmaking cycle which included three categories of awards. A summary of our 2021 awards is below. Click here for information on our current Emergency Relief grant opportunities.

Our Annual Award is designated for 501(c)(3) organizations working to improve the health, education, and financial stability of Coos and Curry County residents. The following organizations were awarded an annual grant:

Our new Community Partner award, up to $1,000, was available to organizations without a 501(c)(3) status whose projects or programs addressed health, education, or financial stability. South Coast Together was awarded $1,000 toward printing “Help that Helps” guides (English and Spanish) for their Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training participants.

Our special 2021 Community Connections award provided up to $5,000 for organizations addressing social isolation and loneliness on the south coast. Funding for this award was provided by Rabbi Jeff and Mindy Glickman from Connecticut, who had embarked upon a Tour to the Wonderful “listen and learn” national road trip in 2020 to understand the ongoing and emerging needs of rural communities. Along the way, the Glickmans donated to every United Way agency in the United States, and after speaking with them to thank them for their generous donation to our local agency, Rabbi Jeff and Mindy gave an additional $5,000 to support our work on the southern Oregon coast. Our team opted to turn this donation into a specific grant award for organizations addressing social isolation and loneliness on the south coast (a common need heard throughout the Glickmans’ Tour). Two awards were funded:

  • $2,500 to Harmony & Me Music Outreach for their Care a Grams/Gramps program – videos from community members that are shared with seniors who reside in assisted living facilities or who are homebound; and
  • $2,500 to Little Theatre on the Bay for their Matilda community theater production originally scheduled for Spring 2020, now planned for Spring 2021

We are grateful to Advanced Health and local individuals who contributed toward our 2021 annual grantmaking program, and we thank the awarded organizations for their tireless work to make our community stronger. We would also like to thank our Grant Allocation Committee volunteers (Addie Hutchison, Andrew Brainard, Anna Huit, Commissioner Court Boice, Elaine Lortscher, Joe Paulet, Paula Thompson, Renee’ Menkens, Starla Paris, and Stephanie Hadley) for their time and energy that went into this year’s grantmaking program.

Volunteers needed!
Volunteers from our local community participate in our annual and ad-hoc Grant Allocation Committee. This committee meets as needed to review applications, conduct site visits with applicants (if applicable), and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors. This is an engaging, informative way to get involved with United Way of Southwestern Oregon and learn more about social service agencies in our community. Contact Us to learn more about our Grant Allocation Committee!

Give where you live!
Visit our Donation Page  to set up your one-time or recurring contribution to help support our Community Impact Grantmaking Program, our Day of Caring, and other United Way of Southwestern Oregon projects.

Prior Grant Awardees