Healthy Environment

Nurturing a resilient natural environment, while supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities

Healthy environment, regenerative systems

Our support for a healthy environment is grounded in the belief that a flourishing and equitable Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all. We envision thriving, regenerative systems that are based on values of justice, cooperation, ecological sustainability and equity.

Through our grantmaking we aim to tackle the challenges of racism and ecological collapse by supporting a range of place-based and statewide solutions that aim to address the underlying drivers of these interconnected crises.

We prioritize efforts aimed at changing the status quo because “business as usual” perpetuates an exploitative and transactional relationship with people and the planet that causes harm to both. Instead, we support efforts to build power in communities to resist continued exploitation, as well as create and implement regenerative, community-led solutions. Strong proposals may advance new and proven approaches at all levels — organizational, local, regional and state — that aim to change the rules, power structures, relationships, roles and practices in institutions and systems  that shape how we care for the planet and each other.

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Healthy Environment Portfolio Information Session

What our 2021 portfolio-specific virtual information session

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Recent Awards

Review recent grants awarded within this portfolio, arranged by goal

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Willamette River Network

In 2019, the 10-year Willamette River Initiative ended its time at Meyer and launched a new community-led effort to continue its work in improving the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries in Oregon. In May 2021, they announced a new name—Nesika Wilamut, which means means "One Willamette" in the Chinuk Wawa language.

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Statewide Program Goals

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  1. Ensure that natural systems are healthy and able to adapt to changing conditions + long-term impacts
  2. Support a movement for a healthy environment that is effective + relevant for all of Oregon's diverse communities

Intended Outcomes
  • Community Influence: Increased emphasis on the priorities of communities experiencing disparities to shift and broaden perspectives and reform existing systems and institutions
  • Increased Opportunities: Increased opportunities for communities experiencing disparities to benefit from nature and investments in environmental protection
  • Reduced Burdens: Reduced environmental health burdens on communities experiencing disparities
  • Organizational Capacity: Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, collaboratives and networks

Intended Outcomes

Ecological Health: Expanded use of new, promising and proven strategies for protecting or restoring ecosystems and critical natural resources to ensure their long-term health
Policy and Systems: Adoption and implementation of public policies, public investments and institutional practices that support healthy ecosystems and natural resources
Organizational Capacity: Strengthened long-term health and capacity of key organizations, collaboratives and networks

Intended Outcomes

Equity Focus: Increased commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion among organizations working for a healthy environment and improved understanding of how to advance equity through their work
Collaboration: Increased collaboration and sector alignment that engages diverse constituencies toward shared environmental priorities
Narrative Change: Increased emphasis on the concerns and interests of diverse communities in the public discourse related to a healthy environment

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Types of Grants

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  • For specific and discrete projects that are of high priority to an organization and its community or constituents

Capacity Building

  • To strengthen an organization’s ability and infrastructure to advance its mission

Operating Support

  • For an organization’s overall strategic goals