The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded several grants to local organizations, including $25,000 each to the Salvation Army and Camelot Theatre.
The Salvation Army funds will support the HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) House transitional shelter in Medford and case management services to homeless women, men and children.
In Talent, the $25,000 grant will support construction of a new theater for the Camelot Theatre Company.
The Lake, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties' Commissions on Children and Families each received a $15,000 grant to develop and support county mentoring coalitions. These grants were given through the OCF Southern Oregon Leadership Council, a volunteer council that advises OCF on local issues..
The Jefferson Nature Center in Medford ($8,000), the Klamath Falls City Schools in Klamath Falls ($20,000) and the Siskiyou Field Institute ($21,500) all received support for outdoor programs for fifth- and/or sixth-grade students.
Other grants awarded in Southern Oregon include:
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service Medford, $5,000 to help nonprofits determine their clients' eligibility for reduced cost services, and to train volunteers to teach money management to families at five local nonprofit agencies.
- Living Opportunities, Inc., Medford, $12,000 for one-time support to offer art programs through "Studio at Living Opportunities" to students from the Children Advocacy Center and Community Works.
- Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, $10,000 for scholarships for Jackson, Josephine and Klamath county residents.
- Rogue Valley Family YMCA, Medford, $10,000 for the YMCA Financial Assistance Program.
- Southern Oregon Film Society, Ashland, $20,000 for the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
- Gospel Rescue Mission, Grants Pass, $15,000 to furnish and equip a commercial kitchen at Wagner Hall, serving homeless men in the 78-bed facility.
- Josephine Community libraries, Grants Pass, $1,500 for the Collection Development project, restoring the young adult and adult nonfiction collections caused by lack of county funding and the 18-month closure of Josephine County libraries.
- Junior Achievement of the Columbia Empire, Klamath Falls, $10,000 for a second and final year of bridge funding to sustain current programs.
The $569,000 in grants to Southern Oregon was part of more than $7.3 million in grants made statewide.