At its December program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 21 grants in Oregon, totaling just over $1.4 million. These grants bring the total awarded since Meyer began operating in 1982 to more than $694 million in grants and program-related investments (PRIs) to more than 3,000 organizations.
As part of its strategic shift, Meyer no longer accepts grant requests for work done outside of Oregon. The foundation expects to release new grant application guidelines in March and will begin accepting applications in April. Its education portfolio, a new major focus area, will roll out later in 2016.
- Twelve grants, totaling just over $1 million, and representing 75 percent of all Meyer funding awarded this month, fall under the category of human services, including an Affordable Housing Initiative grant of $220,000 to continue the CASA of Oregon’s work supporting the conversion of manufactured home communities into resident-owned cooperatives, and an $80,000 grant to develop affordable housing leaders and mobilize tenants in three counties — Multnomah, Washington and Jackson.
- Ten awards were made under Meyer’s Affordable Housing Initiative, most addressing advocacy — ranging from a $35,000 grant to address housing issues in the Gorge, to an $80,000 grant to support to a new housing task force and housing assessment in Tillamook County.
- Five grants, totaling $78,525, focus on social benefit. One of them, a $25,000 grant supports racial equity training at the Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation focused on expanding opportunities and advancing full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people across the Northwest.
- Three grants, totaling $270,000, support conservation and the environment through the Willamette River Initiative, including a $150,000 grant to the McKenzie River Trust to expand capacity for land conservation in the Upper Willamette Basin, and $20,000 to the Greenbelt Land Trust to support the second phase of the Harkens Lake restoration project in Benton County.
- A $2,500 health grant, for technical assistance to support the Community Learning Kitchen, serves tribal and non-tribal residents in Klamath County.