In November, The Oregon Community Foundation board of directors approved $235,000 in grants to North Coast nonprofits. The organizations that received funding include those supporting arts and culture, economic vitality, health and well-being, and community livability, and organizations working to narrow the opportunity gap that children in North Coast communities face. Local nonprofit Tillamook County CARE is among the organizations to receive funding with a $50,000 grant to purchase a permanent home for anti-poverty Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. programs in Tillamook County.
Additionally, Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay received $20,000 to expand the Kids Zone After School and Summer Program to serve special needs students and provide an early childhood development program for children ages three to five.
In total, North Coast grants contributed to more than $9 million awarded by the foundationstatewide. In addition to those previously mentioned, grants awarded during the recent fall grant cycle in the region include the following:
• Amani Center, St. Helens; $25,000 to expand staffing for forensic medical assessments of children impacted by abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence or other crimes.
• Habitat for Humanity-Columbia County, St. Helens; $19,000 to renovate the ReStore warehouse, adding a sheltered area for volunteers off-loading donations, installing sinks where donations can be cleaned and building ADA-accessible public restrooms.
• Liberty Restoration, Inc., Astoria; $15,000 to purchase and install a professional sound system at Liberty Theater, improving sound quality and reducing maintenance costs.
• Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City; $16,000 for physical upgrades to the performing arts center to improve production quality, capacity, ticket revenues and event diversity.
• Tillamook County Family YMCA, Tillamook; $20,000 for improvements to the parking lot, roof and external walls for the only public health and community center with a 25-mile radius.