December 2015 Awards Announced

More than two-thirds of Meyer’s December grants focused on Human Services in December 2015.

Meyer Memorial Trust made 21 grants totaling just over $1.4 million to a variety of tax-exempt organizations in November. These grants bring the total awarded since Meyer began operating in 1982 to more than $694 million.

Ten of the 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.

Established in 1982, the Meyer Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets of roughly $718 million. Over its lifetime, Meyer has awarded grants and PRIs to 3,187 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Trust now focuses its energy on education, the environment, affordable housing, and supporting leaders, organizations and networks addressing issues of equity. It 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 outside of Oregon.

Meyer expects to release new grant application guidelines in March, including the full schematics of how to apply and where we will direct our funding. Meyer will begin accepting applications in April, staging the dates for each portfolio over the course of the month. The education portfolio, a new major focus area, will roll out later in 2016.

Meyer is governed by a Board of Trustees, which includes Debbie Craig, John Emrick, George Puentes, Charles Wilhoite, Toya Fick and the Hon. Darleen Ortega.

A glimpse at the December awards

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.

There is one $2,500 health grant, for technical assistance to support the Community Learning Kitchen, which serves tribal and non-tribal residents in Klamath 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.

And 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.

December grants by county and focus area

Download the full list of December 2015 awards HERE>>

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