At its October program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 27 grants, totaling more than $3.6 million, for organizations working across Oregon and Washington.
These grants bring the total awarded since Meyer began operating in 1982 to 8,963 awards totaling nearly $693 million.
- Eleven grants, totaling just over $1 million, and representing 41 percent of all Meyer funding awarded this month, fall under the category of human services: Those include a grant of $120,000 to support Hearts With A Mission, a new transitional housing program for older homeless youth in Jackson and Josephine counties, and a grant of $130,000 to help prevent the displacement of African-American seniors from gentrifying Portland neighborhoods.
- One grant, totaling $500,000, is health-related. This capital grant to the Asian Health and Service Center will help permanently house culturally specific services for the Asian and Pacific Islander community, including new programs around cancer support, leadership development, and in-home care for elders and people with disabilities.
- Seven arts and culture grants, equal to 26 percent of the October awards, total $1.3 million. One of the grants, for $340,000, supports the Oregon Symphony during its 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. A $100,000 grant supports efforts by Portland Center Stage to build and diversify audiences.
- And eight grants, totaling nearly $740,000, for 30 percent of this award batch, focus on social benefit. That includes four grants totaling $559,000 to support Philanthropy Northwest’s Momentum Fellowship Program, a program designed to prepare professionals from under-represented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through networking, mentoring and professional development, and a $25,000 emergency grant to Greater Douglas United Way, which is providing support to victims, relatives and community-wide healing efforts in the wake of a significant community event in Roseburg.