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Grants promote Sisters’ vision and goals

Citizens4Community (C4C) is announcing the availability of their small Momentum grants for projects related to the Sisters Country Vision.

The purpose of these grants is to help promote community-led action on Vision Strategies outlined in the Sisters Country Vision. The four focus areas include:

Prosperous Sisters: jobs, small business, economic development, and entrepreneurial activities that generate income for Sisters — tourism, arts and crafts, recreation, and more.

Livable Sisters: growth and planning, housing, transportation, parks and recreation, environmental quality, biking and walking, and other factors that make Sisters Country a great place to live.

Resilient Sisters: public safety, health and wellness, social services, fire safety and disaster preparedness, and other initiatives to prepare the community for unanticipated events.

Connected Sisters: governance and leadership, education and learning, civic engagement and dialogue, volunteerism, and other things that bind us together as a community.

With an annual grant budget of $5,000, made possible by support from the Ford Family Foundation, the maximum request may be for $1,250. C4C offers an open application process based on the availability of funds. Grant proposals are due the end of each month while funding remains. Notification of funding status will occur by the 20th of the following month. Requests under $250, with preapproval and applicable invoice, may be funded without committee review at the discretion of C4C staff and/or C4C board chair.

Projects must be focused on work being done in Sisters Country in support of strategies in the Sisters Country Vision. Applicants may be organizations, businesses, coalitions, or individuals. Priority consideration will be given to projects that involve collaboration with others in Sisters Country.

Applications are reviewed by a five-member committee consisting of two C4C board members and three Community Builders and/or Vision Implementation Team (VIT) members.

Past recipients of Momentum grants have included Seed to Table, Age Friendly Sisters, Together for Children, FEAST (Food Education Agriculture Solutions Together), and Prevent Mass Shootings Now. Previous grantees may make another application but only once a year.

If interested in applying, send an email request to Josie Newport at [email protected] to receive a link to the online application. Before completing an application, it is strongly recommended you discuss your project and its viability for receiving funding with Josie Newport of C4C at 541-306-9797.


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