At its February program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 42 grants in Oregon, totaling nearly $3.6 million. These grants bring the total awarded since Meyer began operating in 1982 to $698 million.
Most of the grants fall under Meyer’s new, focused portfolios: building community, supporting a healthy environment, ensuring housing opportunities and underpinning an equitable education for all Oregonians.
- Twenty-six grants, totaling just over $2.48 million, and representing 69 percent of all Meyer funding awarded this month, fall under the category of human services. That includes an AHI Cost Efficiencies grant of $148,200 to Lane County’s SquareOne Villages to pilot a rural, tiny house village model and to develop a toolbox and training kit focused to replicate the approach in other Oregon communities, and nine AHI Sustaining Portfolios grants of $150,000 to develop and implement property-specific portfolio preservation plans in Umatilla, Columbia, Lincoln, Marion, Clatsop, Polk and Multnomah counties.
- Three grants, totaling $184,937, focus on social benefit, including a $25,000 grant to the University of Oregon for the New Natural Resource Economy project, a public-nonprofit sector collaboration to help small, rural firms in eastern Oregon take advantage of emerging opportunities, and a technical assistance grant of $10,000 for communications support for Causa of Oregon.
- There are two education-related grants, each for $75,000. One, awarded to the AVID Center, aims to increase the capacity of teachers outside of the Portland Metro area to equitably prepare students for college and their careers. The second helps build organizational capacity at the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality.
- And 11 grants, totaling $769,770, or 21 percent of all funding awarded in February, focus on conservation and the environment benefit. Those include a grant of $38,828 to the Calapooia Watershed Council for habitat restoration at Bowers Rock State Park, a 568-acre wooded oasis just west of Albany, and a grant of $199,525 to the Willamette Riverkeeper to restore the floodplain at Willamette Mission State Park, just north of Keizer.
On March 9, Meyer will announce funding opportunities focused on building community, supporting a healthy environment and ensuring housing opportunities. Funding opportunities for our Equitable Education Portfolio will rollout later in 2016.