November 2015 Awards Announced

Housing grants featured heavily in the November 2015 awards.

Meyer Memorial Trust made 13 grants totaling just over $1 million to a variety of tax-exempt organizations in November. These grants bring the total awarded since Meyer began operating in 1982 to $693 million.

Nine awards were made under Meyer’s Affordable Housing Initiative, addressing cost-efficiencies and highlighting innovative collaborations between housing and other services – ranging from a $75,000 grant to integrate early learning and affordable housing services in Lane County, to help children in affordable housing get ready for kindergarten, to a $50,000 grant for a pilot documenting a close collaboration in Southern Oregon to better meet the needs of families involved with child welfare programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Established in 1982, the Meyer Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with current assets of roughly $718 million. Over its lifetime, Meyer has awarded grants and PRIs to 3,182 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Meyer funds ongoing initiatives related to affordable housing and the Willamette River, to support large arts organizations through a partnership with other large regional grantmakers, and to buttress education policy, research and engagement through the Chalkboard Project. Meyer no longer accepts grant requests for work done out outside of Oregon.

We remain on track to announce the outline of Meyer’s general funding strategies and direction overarching framework for our new programs in December. Look for additional information, including details, application criteria and timelines to be announced early in the new year and the first opportunity to apply for housing, environment and resilient social sector grants under our new programs late in the first quarter of 2016. Our education portfolio is expected to roll out a bit later due to the sequencing of the work.

Meyer is governed by a Board of Trustees, which includes Debbie Craig, John Emrick, George Puentes and Charles Wilhoite.

A glimpse at the November awards

Ten grants, totaling just over $980,000, and representing 93 percent of all Meyer funding awarded this month, fall under the category of human services, including a grant of $128,139 for the ‘Home to Work Collaborative Project,’ which links housing support and homelessness prevention with employment resources in Multnomah and Washington counties.

There’s one arts and culture grant, for $6,000, for continued support of financial consulting services for the Large Budget Arts Organizations funder collaborative.

And two grants, totaling $62,000, focus on social benefit, including for 2016 membership and operating support of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

November grants by county and focus area

Download the full list of November 2015 awards HERE>>

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