OCF awards nearly half-million dollars to local nonprofits

The Oregon Community Foundation this week announced the award of Community Grants totaling $488,852 to 17 Jackson County nonprofit organizations. This is the most money distributed locally through OCF’s highly competitive statewide grants program.

The Community Grants and many others will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

Here are the grant awards:


  • Asante Foundation, $50,000

  • Ashland Independent Film Festival, $18,035

  • Compass House, $22,817

  • Coyote Trails School of Nature, $10,909

  • Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon, $8,000

  • Geos Institute, $20,000

  • JPR Foundation, $50,000

  • Kid Time Discovery Experience, $40,000

  • Living Opportunities Inc., $47,500

  • Lotus Rising Project, $6,591

  • Medford First Christian Church, $5,000

  • Mt. Ashland Association, $20,000

  • Rogue Retreat, $50,000

  • Rogue River School District, $15,000

  • ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, $20,000

  • Southern Oregon ESD, $30,000

  • Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, $75,000

Statewide, OCF announced $8.8 million in grants, including $3.7 million for the Community Grants program. Community Grants represent a relatively small portion of the foundation’s total grant-making and scholarships, which exceeded $100 million in 2015. Other types include advised fund grants, field of interest grants, designated grants, education initiative grants and many others.

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