At the October program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees made four grants totaling more than $50,000 to organizations in Central Oregon.
These awards were all part of the Grassroots Grants program, which typically go to smaller nonprofits, often largely operated by volunteers.
These grants bring the total amount awarded since Meyer Memorial Trust began operating in 1982 to nearly $19.5 million in central Oregon.
Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets of approximately $669 million. The Board of Trustees—which includes Debbie Craig, John Emrick, Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, George Puentes and Gerry Pratt—meets monthly to make grants.
October 2012 grants included:
Central Oregon Environmental Center, Bend
For technical improvements to an online directory of sustainable businesses
Saving Grace: Imagine Life Without Violence, Bend
To develop and implement a strategic fund development plan
Redmond Alano Club, Redmond
For capital improvements to a facility that provides meeting space for people recovering from addiction
Redmond Council For Senior Citizens , Redmond
For capital repairs to this organization's center that serves seniors in central Oregon