The Roundhouse Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder awards grants mostly in Central Oregon in the fields of art, environment, social services, education and community leadership. It typically accepts unsolicited requests.

FUNDING AREAS: Art, environment, social services, education, community leadership

IP TAKE: This is a small family foundation, but one of the few focused squarely on Central Oregon and rural communities. The arts are a big priority of the Roundhouse Foundation.

PROFILE: The Roundhouse Foundation is located in Sisters, Oregon; its mission is the support of creative thinking. The driving force behind this family foundation is Central Oregon's scenic beauty and support for the creative artists who call the region home. Roundhouse backs creative projects and organizations working in the fields of art, environmental consideration, social services, education, and community leadership. The foundation is also passionate about programs to prepare young Oregonians for lives of leadership.

Roundhouse provides both project support and general operating support to local groups. The focus is on the Central Oregon region and rural Oregon. The town of Sisters, Central Oregon, and rural communities throughout the Northwest are the geographic priorities. More rarely, groups in international locations are funded by trustee invitation. Roundhouse does not support political or faith-based groups, nor does it fund capital campaigns or endowments.

Arts grantees include Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, High Desert Museum and Oregon Public Broadcasting. The foundation often considers Education and environment together: Grantees include Confluence, Oregon State University Foundation, Sisters Schools Foundation Science Club, Sisters School District and Burns High School. Social services grantees include Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Oregon, Kemple Children’s Dental Clinic, Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, After School Buddies and Bicycle Resource of Bend.

In the past, grant application deadlines have been in September. Upcoming deadlines are regularly posted on the funder’s website. Applications are accepted online, by email and by mail. There are separate applications for projects under $500 and over $500.

The foundation trustees are Kathy Deggendorfer, Frank Deggendorfer, and Erin Borla. The key staff member to know is Susan Robinson, who serves as the managing director. She is also a home stager and professional organizer for Style and Organize, LLC. Robinson’s email is susanroundhousefound@gmail.com, and foundation inquiries can also be directed to  inquiries@roundhousefoundation.org. The funder’s address is P.O. Box 1784, Sisters, Oregon 97759.

Keep up with foundation news and events here. Topics of interest have included the Community Orchestra of Central Oregon, local art exhibits, artist scholarships and residencies, and creative workshops.

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