Category Archives: Grants

Small Grant Recipients Announced!

The Salem Rotary Foundation is excited to announce that nine Salem non–profit organizations will receive a total of $10,000 to help fund vital community projects. The grants range from $500 to $1,500.

The Salem Rotary Foundation is a charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Salem. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded 127 grants to over 60 Salem–area organizations.

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency:  funds will be used to purchase a locking storage shed to house bikes, helmets and locks as part of the continuation of a very successful bicycle “ownership project”.

CASA of Marion County: funds will be used to collaborate in a partnership with Marion County Juvenile Dependency Court to install “mini-libraries in each juvenile dependency courtroom.

Center for Hope and Safety: funds will provide a sensory light table for children in the confidential shelter.  The light table will create opportunities for children living in shelter to safely explore and strengthen their creativity, cognitive and social skills.

Gilbert House Children’s Museum: funds will be used to purchase supplies for The Creative Space, designed for the crafty and curious.

Northwest Human Services/HOST Youth Program: funds will be used to provide 40 wool blankets at the Overnight Emergency Shelter for homeless, runaway and at risk youth.

Union Gospel Mission of Salem: funds will be used to assist in the purchase of 22 new computers for the Learning Centers (men and women) and computers for staff working with homeless guests, as well as an organization-wide server; 8 ipads for occupational training and it will help site staff assist the guests in using computers.

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART): funds will be used to purchase 300 new bilingual, Spanish language and multi-cultural books to give to children for them to keep.

Capitol Futbol Club: funds will be used to provide scholarships to recreational soccer players ages 3-14 in the Salem area.

Community Action Agency: funds will be used to purchase small rewards and incentives to give to participants when they are meeting their treatment goals, court ordered assignments and personal health goals.


The 2018 Small Grant Window is NOW OPEN!

The 2018 Small Grant Application window is now open!

Grants from the Salem Rotary Foundation generally range between $500 to $1,500 each. The hope is to fund projects that directly or indirectly foster, develop, promote, and encourage the health, education, and the general welfare of primarily youth in the city of Salem and the surrounding area.

Applications must be completed by May 31, 2018. 

Click here to access the application and share it with any organization you know that could use some community support from our club!

Want to see who won last year’s small grants? Click here! What to learn more about what the Salem Rotary Foundation does? Click here!



Statesman Journal Article: Literacy Grant Window

Our club made the papers once again today. Rotarians Todd Allen and Irene Trent-Valencia attending Holding Court this week to help spread the word about the literacy grants that our club is offering. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community. The deadline is January 15, 2018. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Check out the entire Statesman Journal article by clicking here!


Literacy Grant Window – Now Open!

Do you know of a great nonprofit partner that could benefit from grant dollars to support literacy-related projects? Our club’s Literacy Committee has opened their grant window. From now until January 15, we are accepting applications. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community.

To apply, click here to review the requirements for the application. Please see Literacy Committee Chair Jenn Columbus if you have additional questions.


Rotary Club of Salem Supports Local Non-Profits

The Rotary Club of Salem recently awarded close to $11,000 to eight local non-profits as a result of their 2017 Spring Small Grant Applications. Requests totaling more than $30,000 were received from 25 applicants. After much deliberation, the following projects were selected.

  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley – The Smile Drive Dental Kits: funds will be used to complete 1,152 dental kits for young children
  • Northwest Human Services – HOST Youth Program: driver’s education training for 5 homeless youth working towards stability and independence.
  • Salem Free Clinics – Medications for low-income patients
  • Salem Public Library Foundation – Purchase up to 18 titles of Playaway Launchpads that contain educational games
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – for Marion County Mental Health Court participants: appropriate medications for young, childless adults without insurance, as well as incentive reward gift cards to reward treatment plan compliance and sobriety
  • Boys & Girls Club of Salem – 180 backpacks with school supplies to be given at their annual health fair
  • CASA of Marion County – purchase of specialized case management software for training and monitoring of CASA volunteers
  • Center for Hope and Safety – Purchase of five Fire Kids Edition Tablets with over-ear headphones to wear during parent interviews

In announcing the grants, Rotary Club President Steve Ickes said, “The Rotary Club of Salem is known as the club that gets things done, and we are thrilled to be able to present these organizations with funds to get more things done.”


Making A Difference in Haiti

We’ve written before to share with you the details on the wonderful partnership between our club, others in our district and Rotary International – and the amazing work that’s be being done in Haiti. We’re happy to give you an update on our latest efforts.

Last year, we raised funds to initiate a third well-drilling project in Haiti. The total cost was $60,000 which came from matching grants from Rotary International as well as several clubs in our district. Three of the five wells included in the project have been completed and a community latrine has been started. This project should wrap up entirely by late March.

We recently began raising funds to being our fourth project in Haiti that will provide 6 wells and 2 latrines. We’re aiming to raise $80,000 this time around. We are so grateful to the following clubs for their participation and commitment:

  • Our Own Salem Downtown: $4,500
  • Keizer: $4,000
  • Portland: $1,000
  • Milwaukie: $1,000
  • Newberg Early Bird: $1,000
  • Dallas: $1,000
  • South Portland: $1,000
  • Lake Oswego: $2,000
  • And a VERY generous donation from Wilsonville of $5,000

This totals $20,500 so far. Our goal for fundraising at the club level is $24,000, with the remaining funds to be provided by a matching grant from Rotary International. That means we’re just $3,500 away! If you and your club are interesting in getting involved, let us know! We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing partnership that is changing and saving lives.


Small Grant Window – NOW OPEN!

Do you know of a deserving organization who could use some extra cash to support their good deeds? Encourage them to apply for one of our small grants! These grants generally range from $500 – $1,500 and are granted to Salem area non-profit organizations who support youth in our community.

For further detail and access to the application, click here.


Grant Awarded – Family Building Blocks

The Rotary Club of Salem has awarded a grant to Family Buildings Blocks (FBB) to assist in the development of two therapeutic playgrounds for infants/toddlers enrolled in therapeutic education at Helen’s Place, FBB’s newest satellite location in central Salem.

FBB is a non-profit that serves children ages birth to six years and their families with home visits, therapeutic classrooms, parent-child playgroups, and other important services. They are considered to be a “relief nursery” that strengthens children and families who are struggling in our community, and helps them gain important skills and access resources in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Children’s natural curiosity and imagination will be stimulated by an environment where they can explore and experiment. Rotary funds will specifically be used to purchase colored rubber surface tiles to cover the existing concrete floor surrounding the playgrounds. These tiles will provide a safe place for children to crawl, walk and play.

The playgrounds will directly benefit the approximately 25 children who are enrolled in the therapeutic classrooms at Helen’s Place. The children enrolled in this program are some of the highest-risk in the Salem area. They are born into families who are living in chaotic home environments, experiencing the stress and strain of living in poverty, and are being raised by parents who are struggling with anxiety and depression, often due to their own history of abuse. The playgrounds will provide a safe and engaging outdoor experience where children can run, bike, explore, create and practice important social skills such as sharing and cooperation.

FBB will work closely with Rotary Club of Salem members to identify hands-on service projects appropriate for Rotarian groups and individuals interested in helping with the playground installation. FBB will schedule a work day this spring to install components in the playground, and Rotary will invite all Club members to participate in the project as they are able.

You can find out more at FBB’s website by Clicking Here!



Weekly Newsletter | January 17, 2017

I continue to be impressed this year with the good work and projects this club’s member’s undertake in this community. Whether it’s John Shirley’s work on the “Big Race” schedules for next October, Berry Nelson’s work on our 100 Year Project (the outdoor theater) in the River Front Park as we approach 2020, or Sue Bloom’s efforts to get numerous Hands-On Projects rolling this spring.

We never seem to be very far, as an organization, from what is happening in Salem and around the world. We are (as I type) in the hunt and closing in (under Jenn and Brenna’s good leadership) on another District 5100 small grant project. We are gearing up to host more foreign students. We are working to build up the character and number members this club can commit to “Service Above Self” activities.

And on a most timely note, Lauren and Christian are working our February Fund Raising Gala which is just around the corner. Of equal importance, club members continue to tell me they are seriously seeking out new members to keep our club alive with new people, creative energy and commitment. So please join me and your brothers and sisters in this year’s special effort to continue to make this club a “rising star.”

Finally, keep Robbin in your thoughts as she continues to rebuild her strength, body and life. She is part of who we are and deserves our loving and best energy.


This week’s club meeting: Preparing for the Big One in Salem with Roger Stevenson, Salem’s Emergency Manager.


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Small Grant Awarded: Willamette Heritage Center

Amazing things happen when Rotarians are involved. A few weeks ago, President Steve discovered there was a matching grant available from Rotary International. If our club could come up with $2,000, they would match that. The snag – the deadline to apply was only 20 days away!

The GoodWorks committee sprang into action and started by discussing the finalists who had who had just been through the major grant process last fall. We reached out to one of those finalists – picture1Willamette Heritage Center. They are working on a huge project – renovating and bringing an original Oregon & California caboose built in 1909 to their site as a tourist exhibit. We asked if they could find a use for $4,000 within the larger project. They quickly pulled together a proposal and we’re happy to report that because of the fast action on everyone’s part – we were able to apply for and get the monies required to meet the match and help this jewel of Salem.

The Willamette Heritage Center will use a portion of the funds to prepare the site before the caboose is relocated – removing a tree and cleaning up the area. The other portion of funds will go toward interpretive signage of the caboose project. They are aiming to have the project completed by July 2017. Keep your eyes peeled on the property as it all comes together!

A big thank you to everyone involved in this process and an even bigger congratulations to the Willamette Heritage Center!


Announcing the 2016-2017 Major GoodWorks Grant Recipient: St. Francis Shelter!

We are excited to share with you that this year, our club has decided to support St. Francis Shelter. This deserving organization has been quietly serving the Salem community for years, and we think it’s time to recognize that and provide some support. Learn a bit more about the St. Francis Shelter and the playground project we’re helping to support by reading this short summary from their Executive Director, Kim Lemman.

“Since 1987, St. Francis Shelter has provided transitional housing and life skills support to help homeless families in Marion and Polk counties return to self-sufficiency.   Although our program was named for the well-known saint who worked tirelessly for the poor, we are not affiliated with any religion or religious organization. 

St. Francis is located in a quiet neighborhood in southeast Salem. The 20-unit apartment complex provides 15 family shelter units and 5 low-income rental units for families who have “graduated” from our program. Each family lives in a fully-furnished, self-contained, one or two-bedroom apartment. 

Families work closely with our on-site case manager, as well as attend on-site classes on topics such budgeting, financial literacy, how to be a good renter, parenting and cooking.  Each family participates in a mandatory monthly savings program, which they receive back, in total, when they move into their new homes.  And our model works!  Last fiscal year, 34 of the 33 families who lived at SFS moved into and remain in permanent housing!

The award of the Rotary of Salem Good Works Grant to build a playground at our southeast Salem facility is an amazing gift to the families who call St. Francis home.  Families who come to us from domestic violence, in recovery from addiction, or from economic downturn, have been in chronic crisis.  This affects children deeply.  The building of a safe, developmentally appropriate, playground for our young residents, will bring much needed fresh air, fun and laughter into their young lives.  We are beyond grateful to Rotary Club of Salem for giving these children the best gift they could ever get….JOY!!”


2016-2017 GoodWorks Grant Window – NOW OPEN!

Do you know of a deserving organization looking for grant funding? Our club is on the hunt for it’s next major grant recipient. Up to $30,000 available. The grant window opened today and will remain open until August 31.

For more detail on how to apply, click here to be directed to our online application.

To view past recipients of our grants both large and small, click here.

To view something that will make you smile, click here.


Weekly Newsletter | March 29, 2016

Recently I had coffee with Jeff McNamee, one of the Board members of Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA). His nonprofit organization is the recipient of our $30,000 major grant this year. Bruce Anderson joined us as well. Bruce is the Chair of the Good Works committee whose work resulted in a recommendation to fund their project. We wanted to hear how things are going with the kids’ “pump track” that we intend to help SATA build.

The big news is that SATA’s Board has chosen a desired location for the pump track. Their first choice last year had been Wallace Park in West Salem. But they became concerned about its proximity to the river, both because of potential flooding and because of some of the sensitive wildlife whose river habitat could be disturbed by any development. Now, they have settled on Geer Park. This neighborhood park is just North of State Street, and just West of Hawthorne Street near I-5.

The park is 46 acres in size, and mainly offers baseball and soccer fields. There’s also a ½ mile walking/jogging hard surface trail, but much of it is yet to be developed. That’s where SATA comes in, with Rotary’s support. SATA has an amazing group of knowledgeable volunteers who actually roll up their sleeves and help build and maintain bike trails – around Salem and at Silver Falls State Park and other locations.

Jeff accompanied Keith Keever of the City Parks Department to present the bike park concept to the Northeast Salem Community Association at their meeting of March 15. He reports the proposal was well received. Now, Keith will decide how to proceed with SATA’s proposal. If all goes well, Jeff is hoping the first little bike riders could start enjoying the track early next year.

This week: The Haiti Trip. As many of you know, our club has strong connections to Haiti. Those connections were strengthened last month when members Cynthia Witham and Bo Nyleen traveled to Hinche, Haiti, along with Doug Lusk of the Keizer club. They met with our Haitian contact and past speaker – Lavaud Cheristin – and traveled to visit the well sites our club had a hand in drilling. We’ll get to hear stories from their adventures and see photos of the ways Rotary and our club are helping to change lives.

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2016 Small Grant Application – Now Open

 The 2016 Small Grant Application window is now open!

Grants from the Salem Rotary Foundation generally range between $500 to $1,500 each. The hope is to fund projects that directly or indirectly foster, develop, promote, and encourage the health, education, and the general welfare of primarily youth in the city of Salem and the surrounding area.

Completed applications must be sent by April 1 to the Good Works Committee chair, Bruce Anderson with a hard copy to:

Rotary Club of Salem
c/o The GoodWorks Committee
PO Box 3981
Salem, OR 97302

Click here to view the 2016 Small Grant Application, and share it with any organization you know that could use some community support from our club!

Want to see who won last year’s small grants? Click here! What to learn more about what the Salem Rotary Foundation does? Click here!


Weekly Newsletter | November 17, 2015

Jeff McNamee enjoying a beautiful Oregon ride.

The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) will be the recipient of our Good Works major grant this year. If you aren’t familiar with their work, let me give you a bit of background about their organization.

SATA was founded in 2010 by two civic-minded individuals: Jeff McNamee, faculty member at Linfield College in the Department of Health and Human Performance; and Mike Petersen, attorney with Heltzel Williams law firm. They shared a love of mountain biking, and wanted to find a way to build bike trails close to the City for residents to use.

“I’m a BMX kid from the 80’s,” said Jeff in a phone conversation with me last week. He grew up racing dirt bikes and building jumps to test his skills. He said that not all kids are a good fit – or can afford to participate – in team sports. Fellow SATA Board member Beth Dayton, M.D., agrees, telling a story about her own son’s difficulties and how he was helped by trail riding…

At this week’s meeting, we will receive a status report and update of where the Oregon Garden is and where it is headed. Mark Hunter, a new club member will present. “The Oregon Garden has become a significant visitor stop in the Mid-Willamette Valley and it is important the club members know what’s happening there.”

See you at the Salem Convention Center at 12pm on Wednesday!

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2016 GoodWorks Recipient Announced!

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 GoodWorks grant: Salem Area Trail Alliance!

This grant is the last large influx of funding needed in order to move into the construction phase of the Salem Bike Park and Trail Facility. The facility will include 2 miles of cross-country trails and two pump tracks, one dedicated to young children and beginners, the other to challenge more advanced riders. The trails will integrate 8-10 bicycle trail features throughout.

The goal of the GoodWorks grant our club awards annually is to support the health, education and general welfare of the people in our city – primarily the youth. We think this project will do just that, and so much more. We love this city, and enjoy finding and backing projects that help to make it a better place. What a fitting project for this year’s Rotary International theme: “Be A Gift To The World.”

We look forward to sharing more about this project over the coming months.

For now? Pick up your tickets to the February 13, 2016 Charity Auction to help support this deserving project, as well as numerous other GoodWorks projects both locally and internationally.



Update from HOME Youth & Resource Center

A ribbon is cut the grand reopening of the HOME Youth

Earlier year, our club chose HOME Youth & Resource Center to support with our major GoodWorks Grant. At our Pay it Forward charity auction, Rotarians and supporters gathered together to raise money and support this worthy cause.

We partnered up to support many ongoing needs, and a few innovated, new ones – including “Rotary Rides.” This is a bike rental program that will help kids get to and from business and service opportunities when public transit may not be available.

Yesterday morning, many gathered to celebrate the grand reopening. Looks like we’re not the only one who was excited about it! Check out the whole Statesman Journal article by clicking here.


Grant Deadline Extended!


Do you know of a deserving organization that is in need of a partner?

Each year, our club accepts applications from organizations around the community that are looking for help to fund a major project. This year’s sponsorship amount is $30,000.

The parameters, details and information on how to apply can be found on the application form.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, September 11, 2015. Good luck to our applicants!


GoodWorks Project Application Form

Do you know of a deserving organization that is in need of a partner?

Each year, our club accepts applications from organizations around the community that are looking for help to fund a major project. This year’s sponsorship amount is $30,000.

The parameters, details and information on how to apply can be found on the application form.

The deadline to apply is August 28, 2015. Good luck to our applicants!