April 2015 Awards

The Collins Foundation awarded 37 single- and multi-year grants totaling $1,751,600 to Oregon nonprofits at the April meeting of the Trustees.




Astoria Music Festival – $10,000 to support festival programs on the northern Oregon coast and year-round capacity-building activities


Northwest Children’s Theatre and School – $15,000 to support operations, performances, and theater arts programs for children, including those with special needs, in the Portland area


Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts Festival Association – $17,000 to support the Classical Festival in rural Jacksonville and increase access for underserved adults, seniors, and students


PHAME Academy – $15,000 over two years to launch a Portland-area leadership development and community engagement program for young and older adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities


Portland Playhouse – $15,000 to produce “Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play” for Portland-area audiences


Third Rail Repertory – $12,000 to support programs and operations for audiences in the greater Portland area





Kukatonon – $5,000 to support programs and operations that provide arts education and cultural enrichment for Portland-area children who are predominately from African and African American families, many of whom are low-income


Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center – $15,000 over two years to support a half-time executive director position to build organizational capacity and coordinate programs in rural Wallowa County that preserve and share the history of multi-ethnic logging communities in Oregon

Oregon Historical Society – $200,000 over two years to upgrade digital management technology and increase staffing to improve public access to collections


Oregon Poetry Association – $1,600 to support the Oregon Student Poetry Contest for students across the state

Southern Oregon Film Society - $25,000 over two years
to support programs and operations to ensure organizational sustainability and provide cultural enrichment for audiences in the rural Ashland area

Friends of Timberline – $35,000 to upgrade lighting and electrical systems to illuminate artwork displays in the historic Timberline Lodge



Children –Youth

Albertina Kerr Centers – $150,000 to renovate a building on the Gresham campus to increase coordination and delivery of mental health services to children and their families


Arc of Lane County – $22,000 over two years to purchase technology and sensory equipment for facilities in Springfield and Eugene serving school-age children with complex cognitive needs, many of whom need behavioral or medical support


CASA of Marion County – $45,000 over two years to hire a full-time program manager position to increase organizational capacity and serve more children at-risk of abuse and neglect in Marion County


Hands and Voices of Oregon – $2,000 to support peer-based resource and information network to assist and connect parents of Oregon children with hearing disabilities


Heart of Oregon Corps – $12,000 to employ at-risk teens to restore public lands through a summer conservation program in Central Oregon


Oregon CASA Network – $20,000 to provide programs to ensure quality standards and sustainability for CASA programs across Oregon





Albina Opportunities Corporation – $75,000 to expand financial lending and advisory services for underserved women-, minority-, and immigrant-owned businesses in Portland


American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter – $75,000 to purchase a new bloodmobile to serve Southern Oregon communities


Bethlehem Inn – $20,000 to provide shelter and support services for homeless individuals and families in Central Oregon through a challenge match


Breast Friends– $25,000 over two years to hire a healthcare liaison position to conduct outreach across Oregon and increase the organization’s capacity to serve women battling cancer


Know Your City – $10,000 over two years to increase a program coordinator position to facilitate more multidisciplinary art programs that connect individuals to the historical, cultural, social, and political character of Portland


The Latino Community Association – $25,000 over two years to sustain a full-time assistant director position to oversee programs that address critical needs of low-income Latino individuals and families with limited English-language proficiency and limited formal education who live in Central Oregon


Lutheran Community Services Northwest – $10,000 to provide supportive services and transitional housing for homeless Washington County women in recovery and their children


Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation – $50,000 to renovate an apartment complex to provide affordable housing for underserved Lane County youth transitioning from foster care to independence


Oregon Food Bank – $200,000 over two years to purchase a cooler and production line equipment to improve sanitation and packing processes that increase availability of fresh produce to food-insecure Oregonians across the state

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation – $50,000 over three years to support operation of an optical finishing lab providing eyeglasses for low-income, underinsured Oregonians statewide


Oregon Supported Living Program – $30,000 over two years to sustain a project coordinator position and expand inclusive arts and culture opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lane County


Portland Women’s Crisis Line – $31,000 over three years to hire a crisis-line specialist position and upgrade technology to increase the organization’s capacity to provide crisis-line services to survivors of domestic violence in Multnomah County


Project Access NOW – $150,000 over three years to strengthen the shared organizational infrastructure among the collaborating organizations in the Rockwood Pathways Project to connect families in need to appropriate health, education, and social service resources in the Rockwood neighborhood

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Bend – $14,000
to renovate a retail building that supports assistance programs for low-income and distressed individuals and families in the Bend area





Oregon Episcopal School – $250,000 over three years to construct a new building to serve pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the greater Portland area


Teaching Preschool Partners – $30,000 to hire a mentor teacher position for demonstration preschools promoting best education practices for at-risk children, including those with special needs, in low-income east Multnomah County neighborhoods


Tucker-Maxon Oral School – $30,000 to upgrade the school’s FM transmitter/receiver system for Portland-area students with hearing loss or impairment




Northwest Earth Institute – $25,000 to support operations to engage Oregonians in activities that promote sustainability and social justice


Willamette Riverkeeper – $35,000 over two years to restore native vegetation on Norwood Island and provide education and conservation opportunities to the public