The Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, has announced twenty-seven grants totaling nearly $3.7 million in the areas of the arts and culture, education, environmental conservation, health, housing and human services, public affairs, and youth.
Grants awarded through the foundation's Responsive Grants program include $125,000 to the Basic Rights Education Fund in support of programs designed to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Oregon are granted all their rights as citizens; $157,800 to the KBOO Foundation to help independent community radio station KBOO boost its listenership and supporter base in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Columbia, Hood River, Benton, and Clark counties; $200,000 to Girls, Inc. of Northwest Oregon to expand girls-focused enrichment programming in Oregon and southwest Washington; and $200,000 to Verde to purchase and transform a former strip club into a community space in Portland's Cully neighborhood.
In addition, the trust awarded a number of grants through its Willamette River Initiative, which was founded in 2008 to assist groups working to improve the health of the river and its tributaries. Recipients include the Long Tom Watershed Council in Eugene, which was awarded a grant of $71,861 in support of a floodplain habitat restoration project at Snag Boat Bend and Sam Daws Landing on the Upper Willamette River; the Marys River Watershed Council in Corvallis, which will receive a grant of $110,171 for the third phase of a floodplain forest restoration project at Luckiamute State Natural Area, midway between Independence and Albany; and Oregon State University in Corvallis, which was awarded $55,000 to collect and integrate data on Willamette River fishes and their habitats. In addition, the trust awarded an emergency grant of $25,000 to the Portland-based Northwest Dance Project to help the company get through an unexpected disruption of its operations.
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the MMT website.