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July 2014 Grants Announced
Twenty organizations serving Oregon and Southwest Washington have big news this month after receiving a share of the $3.6 million awarded in July by Meyer Memorial Trust.
MMT awarded 18 Responsive Grants and funded two Initiatives in July, supporting projects and organizations as varied as the Leach Botanical Garden, a hidden gem of a garden on 17 acres in outer Southeast Portland, the Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation, which is raising funds to build a children's addition to its library, and the Lane Community College Foundation in Eugene, working to complete a major building renovation.
Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets over $790 million. July’s grants bring the total amount awarded since MMT began operating in 1982 to 8,089 awards totaling $637,865,920.
Some awards stand out. A $72,287 grant funded through MMT's ongoing Willamette River Initiative will support The Nature Conservancy's continued restoration work at its Confluence Project near Eugene. The phased project will restore this former gravel operation by reconnecting old side channels to the Middle Fork Willamette River, creating 25 acres of off-channel wetlands and 75 acres of floodplain forest, and expanding the Pudding Ponds complex by 7,200 linear feet of new channel and 10.3 acres of new shoreline.
There's also funding this month for another initiative: Foundations for a Better Oregon received $548,000 for continued support of the Chalkboard Project through 2017, a K-12 Public Education Initiative.
Here’s how the July grants break down by category and region:
Three of the grants, totaling $450,000 fall under the categories of Arts and Culture, including two grants of $100,000 to the Astoria Music Festival and Lakewood Theatre Company. Another grant of $250,000 will help to develop Chachalu, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde's first Tribal Museum and Cultural Center.
Four grants totaling $397,287 are focused on the Environment and Conservation, including $150,000 for Leach Botanical Garden, $100,000 for River Network and a $75,000 grant for facilities improvement at the Safari Game Search Foundation, a Douglas County tourist destination committed to conservation education, and the $72,287 grant funded through the Willamette River Initiative to support The Nature Conservancy's continued restoration work at its Confluence Project near Eugene.
Meyer awarded three education grants totaling just shy of $1.2 million. Foundations for a Better Oregon received $548,000 for continued support of the Chalkboard Project through 2017, a K-12 Public Education Initiative. Lane Community College Foundation received $400,000 for a major renovation that will create a campus hub and improve accessible services for students, and a $250,000 award will help complete the children's addition at the Dalles-Wasco County Library.
Trillium Family Services received a health-related grant this month, a $400,000 award to help replace an existing psychiatric facility for adolescent youth.
There are five Human Services-related grants in July, totaling $582,690: $136,690 for Clatsop Community Action, $150,000 for DePaul Industries, $106,000 for Four Rivers Community School in Ontario, $175,000 for Rose Haven CIC and $15,000 for Pathfinders of Oregon $15,000.
Four Public Affairs and Social Benefit grants, totaling $587,500, round out the awards. Those include $200,000 for Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, $115,000 for OPAL, $270,000 for Mercy Enterprise Corporation, and $2,500 to assist the Grants Managers Network $2,500.
The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation, The Dalles
To construct a children's addition to the library.
Four Rivers Community School, Ontario
For fixtures and equipment for a new community center.
Astoria Music Festival, Astoria
To support hiring an executive director, a first for this all-volunteer organization founded 11 years ago in Northwest Oregon.
To hire a deputy director to support internal management and fundraising while planning for leadership succession.
K-12 Education Initiative
Foundations for a Better Oregon, Portland
For continued support of the Chalkboard Project through 2017.
Willamette River Initiative
Nature Conservancy, Portland
For continued funding for river restoration at the Nature Conservancy's Confluence Project near Eugene.
DePaul Industries, Portland
To expand integrated employment opportunities for people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego
To build a dedicated rehearsal space, and for other renovations at the oldest continuously operating theatre company in the Portland area.
Leach Botanical Garden, Portland
To build Leach Garden's internal capacity to raise funds as the organization expands.
To expand training, counseling, financial services and business microloans to underserved urban and rural communities.
Enterprise Network, Portland
To support a technology readiness program that serves nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
For core support of OPAL's work to improve access to transit and encourage healthy communities for low-income residents of Portland.
Pathfinders of Oregon, Portland
To support an organizational assessment and succession planning.
River Network, Portland
To develop Habitat Restoration Leadership along the Willamette River between the Sellwood Bridge and Willamette Falls, a stretch known as the "missing link" in regional watershed restoration efforts.
Rose Haven CIC, Portland
To build capacity in the areas of business planning, resource development and programming for this organization that offers day shelter for homeless women and children.
Trillium Family Services, Portland
To replace an existing psychiatric facility for adolescent youth.
Safari Game Search Foundation, Winston
For facilities improvements at this Douglas County tourist destination committed to conservation education.
Lane Community College Foundation, Eugene
To complete a major renovation creating a campus hub that improves accessible services and promotes student success.
Grants Managers Network, Washington, D.C.
For annual support of this organization that advances the knowledge and skills of grants managers.