The Nature of Words is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Edna L. Holmes, Robert W. and Marjorie C. Chandler, and Cushman Family Funds of The Oregon Community Foundation. The grant's purpose is to sustain and expand educational programs that provide creative writing instruction to Central Oregon youth and adults.
Programs include Words Without Walls, providing creative writing instruction in schools and alternative educational programs, and The Storefront Project, offering free, drop-in creative writing workshops for teens after school and specialty workshops for youth and adults.
The mission of The Nature of Words is to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in the high desert region of the Northwest through community interaction with acclaimed authors, and through creative writing programs for youth and adults.
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.
The Oregon Community Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation?s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Bend office at 15 SW Colorado Avenue, Suite 250, Bend, OR 97702, 541.382.1170 or visit www.oregoncf.org.