Soroptimist International of Wallowa County has formalized an application process for community grants for projects that would have “significant impacts “in Wallowa County.

The grant should meet the Soroptimist mission: improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Criteria for application: 1) Contributions will be made only to projects in Wallowa County, 2) Awards will be made in support of health, education, environment, and the advancement of the status of women and children for the betterment of the community, 3) A project budget is requested, and 4) Preference will be given to projects of program delivery. Projects including administrative and/or operating expenses will be considered, while awards to individuals will be excluded.

Awards will be made based upon the availability of funds and needs assessment.

Award requests can range from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards may be made to more than one recipient.

In 2016, $5,000 was awarded to Building Healthy Families, $3,875 to Wallowology and $3,140 to Wallowa School District.

Applications are available at: Bookloft (Enterprise), Wallowa Public Library (Wallowa), beecrowbee (Joseph), Thrift Shop or by calling Dolores Bridges, 541-432- 0467.

Most of the Soroptimist income comes from the Soroptimist Thrift Shop in Enterprise. Soroptimist International of Wallowa County supports numerous projects in Wallowa County as well as scholarships to high school students headed to college or technical schools, older women returning to school, and women returning for graduate degrees.

Please return applications by March 15, to the Soroptimist Thrift Shop or mail to Soroptimist, P.O. Box 127, Enterprise, OR 97828.

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