April 2016 Grants

At the April meeting of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation was proud to award 21 single-year grants and 10 multi-year grants, totaling nearly $1.2 million to nonprofits across Oregon.


Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts Festival Association -- $17,000 to support Britt Orchestra classical programs for Southern Oregon audiences, including young adults, children, and low-income seniors

Portland Actors Conservatory -- $15,000 to purchase a customer relationship management database to increase organizational efficiency and improve services to students, patrons, and audiences in Portland

Portland Playhouse -- $65,000 to renovate a Northeast Portland facility to serve as a theater home and center for community arts

Ross Ragland Theater -- $10,000 to support arts education programs serving K-12 students in the rural Klamath Basin region

Triangle Productions -- $25,000 over two years to build capacity to support part-time actors and technicians in Portland

Children & Youth

CASA for Children of Klamath County -- $30,000 over two years to train additional volunteers to serve more at-risk, low-income children involved in the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect in rural Klamath County

CASA of Douglas County -- $130,000 over three years to expand the Kids in Common collaboration to serve more low-income children in the child welfare system by providing comprehensive wraparound services to their families

Chess for Success -- $70,000 over three years to increase staffing to expand chess club coaching and educational enrichment into more elementary and middle schools serving primarily youth of color and low-income students across Oregon

Heart of Oregon Corps -- $24,000 to employ at-risk teens to restore public lands through a summer conservation program in Central Oregon, and replace fleet vehicles and equipment

My Voice Music -- $10,000 to support affordable music education programs for low-income youth with emotional and behavioral challenges in the Portland area

Parenting Now! -- $30,000 to update materials for a parenting education curriculum serving isolated, at-risk parents with children ages 0-8 across Oregon

Process Work Institute -- $8,000 to provide scholarships to low-income, Portland-area youth with diverse life experiences to attend a leadership development camp

Community Welfare

Alvord-Taylor House -- $40,000 over two years to hire a job developer to expand employment opportunities for high school students and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Eugene-Springfield area

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

Center for Hope & Safety -- $50,000 to purchase property and construct a new emergency shelter in Marion County to assist survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. -- $30,000 to support staffing costs for a collaborative pilot project to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by stabilizing housing for low-income youth, ages 15-26

Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers -- $25,000 to support programs and operations for a new homeless relief center in rural Tillamook serving low-income, homeless men, women, and families

Lower Columbia Hispanic Council -- $40,000 over two years to support operations to provide culturally-specific education, health, and advocacy services for low-income, Spanish-speaking residents in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook Counties

Oregon Tradeswomen -- $30,000 to recruit, train, and prepare low-income women of color for employment in the construction and manufacturing trades in western Oregon

Raphael House of Portland -- $25,000 to support Portland-area domestic violence prevention and intervention programs through a challenge match

Rebuilding Together Washington County -- $5,000 to provide free home repair for low-income mobile home owners in Washington County who are primarily individuals with disabilities, the elderly, and veterans

Red Lodge Transition Services -- $35,000 over two years to hire support staff to expand programs serving currently and formerly incarcerated Native Americans, and create transitional housing for formerly incarcerated Native women


Classroom Law Project -- $35,000 over two years to hire a senior program manager to expand civics education programs into urban and rural schools across the state

Friends of Saturday Academy -- $35,000 to support staffing and provide workshop materials and laptops to encourage STEM educational pursuits for low-income girls of color in the greater Portland area

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette -- $110,000 over two years to implement an education collaborative to help middle and high school students of color in the Reynolds School District improve academic achievement


Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah -- $75,000 over two years to restore floodplain habitat along six miles of the Willamette River near Eugene and Springfield

Northwest Earth Institute -- $20,000 to support operations and the redesign of the EcoChallenge website to engage more Oregonians in actions to promote environmental health

Health & Science

Looking Glass Youth and Family Services -- $100,000 to purchase a building to house affordable counseling programs serving the mental and behavioral health needs of low-income youth and families in Lane County

Upstream Public Health -- $15,000 to hire a deputy director to strengthen organizational capacity to improve public health policy and reduce health disparities for low-income Oregon children and youth


Oregon Council for the Humanities -- $18,000 to support operations and implement strategic plans to enhance statewide programming, serve more diverse participants, and strengthen organizational sustainability

The Willamette Heritage Center -- $10,000 to implement new strategic objectives to strengthen infrastructure and programs that foster sustainability and serve students and residents of the mid-Willamette Valley