A Tradition of Local Legacy and Support

The Sweet Home Community Foundation (SHCF), originating from a vision by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group (SHEDG) in the mid-1990s, has announced its 2024 grant cycle. Beginning on Feb. 15, SHCF began accepting applications to support local organizations and projects that promise lasting benefits for the Sweet Home community. Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded, with applications accepted through March 15, 2024, at giveshcf.org.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) organizations and other qualified tax-exempt entities, or projects conducted in partnership with such organizations. Funding for these grants comes from local businesses, individuals, the City of Sweet Home, and the Tim and JoAnne McQueary-Leave a Local Legacy Endowment. Recipients of the grants will be disclosed in April.

The foundation, initially bolstered by the Oregon Jamboree’s success, was envisioned by SHEDG as a way to channel Jamboree proceeds and other funds back into community projects. Presently, SHCF benefits primarily from local contributions and investment earnings from its community endowment, emphasizing the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Sweet Home.

A key initiative of SHCF is the “Leave a Local Legacy” program, encouraging families to create named permanent endowments. These funds support local projects and organizations, exemplified by the “Tim and JoAnne McQueary-Leave a Local Legacy Endowment.”

SHCF has already allocated over $500,000 in local grants. To support SHCF’s endeavors, tax-deductible donations can be made by mail or electronically through their website.