The Salem Rotary Foundation announced the recipients of the 2015 Spring Small Grants. Grants range from $500 to $1,500 each and are made to fund projects by local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Salem-area. Qualified projects must 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. Grants are funded by SRF through generous donations by Rotarians and others.
The Good Works Committee received 20 applications but had limited funds to distribute. Awards went to these seven local organizations for a variety of different projects:
- Career Technical Education Center (CTEC). Funds to CTEC will provide safety equipment, work attire, and personal equipment for participating local high school students who may have trouble affording necessary clothing and equipment.
- Capital Futbol Club. Funds will provide fall season scholarships for players previously turned away due to financial need.
- CASA of Marion County. The grant will support CASA bringing on 10 to 15 new Court Appointed Special Advocates. Funds will pay for recruitment materials, screening costs, and training books and related equipment.
- Marion County Circuit Court’s Mental Health Treatment Court. Funds will go to purchase gift cards for clients to buy needed mental health drugs and for the court to provide gift cards for rewards providing positive reinforcement of good behavior.
- Salem-Keizer Education Foundation. Funds will help SKEF purchase STEM Supplies and Crafts for Summer Camps and Other Programs in SKEF’s summer camps and winter and spring break programs.
- Salem Public Library Foundation. The grant will go to purchase 300 Spanish language books for SPL’s summer reading program.
- Start Making a Reader Today. Funds will support Literacy Activities at Four Corners Elementary. SMART will purchase books for children and conduct background checks on volunteers. The program will run weekly during the 2015-16 school year.
Thanks to all the organizations that applied. You are doing amazing things for the people of the Salem community. Keep up your tremendous efforts!