October 2016 Grants

At the October meeting of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation was proud to award 25 single-year grants and 12 multi-year grants, totaling more than $1.4 million to nonprofits across Oregon.


Artists Repertory Theatre -- $45,000  to support portland-based programming and operations, including internal equity work and a season of seven plays, and provide support to diverse artists and resident organizations

Boom Arts -- $7,000  to support the 2016-2017 performance series showcasing diverse artists and engaging underserved audiences in the greater portland area

Oregon College of Art and Craft -- $87,000 over three years to support artist-in-residence programs in the portland area

PassinArt: A Theatre Company -- $15,000  to support plays written from an african american perspective, an art exhibit, and public programming for african american and multicultural audiences in portland

Third Angle New Music Ensemble -- $12,000 over two years to create a commissioning fund to increase the company's capacity to develop new musical art inspired by the pacific northwest

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon -- $7,500  to provide music education and outreach programs for youth in rural jackson, josephine, and klamath counties


Children & Youth

Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. -- $12,000  to enclose a riding arena and build an ada-compliant bathroom for children and youth with intellectual and physical disabilities enrolled in therapeutic riding classes in southern oregon

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest -- $75,000 over three years to support staffing and provide computers and a learning management system to expand girl empowerment programs for low-income 8-18 year-old girls from racially and ethnically diverse communities in western oregon

Momentum Alliance -- $75,000 over three years to support the student alliance project to engage marginalized, diverse, and disaffected youth in community and leadership skill-building to advance positive personal and community change

Oregon CASA Network -- $20,000  to provide training, assessments, and support to ensure quality standards and sustainability for casa programs across oregon

Oregon Community Foundation/DACA Pooled Fund -- $50,700  to support a pooled fund by oregon foundations to support nonprofit agencies that provide services to daca and dapa eligible immigrants in oregon

Redemption Ridge -- $100,000  to construct a residential treatment home in southern oregon for teenage girls escaping domestic sex trafficking


Community Welfare

Basic Rights Education Fund -- $25,000  to support programs and operations to address youth, racial, and transgender justice for lgbtq individuals statewide

Benton Furniture Share -- $13,000  to collect and deliver reusable furniture and household items to low-income households primarily in benton and linn counties

Catholic Community Services Foundation -- $30,000  to build an apartment complex to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income pregnant/parenting teens and young adults in marion county

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch -- $34,000 over two years to support a full-time executive director position to launch an adult foster care home providing end-of-life care for veterans in central oregon

Farmworker Housing Development Corporation -- $105,000 over two years to develop evolve's property management training and employment program for low-income, latino immigrants in the willamette valley

Habitat for Humanity of Oregon -- $85,000  to provide funding, training, and technical assistance to habitat affiliates across oregon to position them to provide housing and home repair assistance to low-income seniors, families, and individuals with disabilities

Lebanon Soup Kitchen -- $4,000  to purchase and install a walk-in refrigerator to safely store perishable foods for homeless and low-income individuals and families in rural lebanon

Marion-Polk Food Share -- $85,000 over three years to support youth farm capital improvements, operations, and farm training programs for salem-area students, including at-risk and underserved youth

Northwest Pilot Project -- $30,000  to expand housing and support services to more low-income seniors at risk of and experiencing homelessness in portland

Refugee Center Online -- $60,000 over two years to hire a program manager in oregon to pilot online ged and citizenship preparation courses for resettled refugees and immigrants in urban and rural communities across the state 

The Rosewood Initiative -- $25,000  to provide furnishings, equipment, and computers to expand community center programs for low-income, racially and ethnically diverse east multnomah county residents

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence -- $35,000  to provide safe, supervised parental visits for children in central oregon who are separated from a parent due to domestic violence



KairosPDX -- $80,000 over two years to increase access to early learning experiences, resources, and multicultural educational activities for african american and other families of color in portland 

Portland Literacy Council -- $7,500  to engage a consultant to provide organizational development assistance

Stand for Children Leadership Center -- $25,000  to ensure that accountability standards and english language learner laws are implemented to improve educational outcomes for low-income children, children of color, and english language learners statewide



Oregon Environmental Council -- $50,000 over two years to create an equity director position to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and in the broader environmental community 


Health & Science

Kairos Northwest -- $60,000  to construct a facility to expand mental health services for low-income children and youth on the rural southern oregon coast

Our House of Portland -- $45,000 over two years to provide intensive in-home services and housing assistance to individuals managing hiv in portland

Returning Veterans Project -- $11,000  to expand access to pro bono therapeutic and holistic care for oregon's post-9/11 veterans and their families



The Aloha Community Library Association -- $25,000  to renovate a building to open a new washington county branch library

Friends of the Curry Public Library -- $50,000  to construct a learning center to deliver technology, arts, and culture programs to residents in rural gold beach

KBOO Foundation -- $10,000  to support telephone system upgrades, multicultural programming, and operations through a challenge match

Literary Arts -- $24,000  to support oregon book awards & fellowships, wordstock: portland’s book festival, and youth programming

Oregon Black Pioneers Corporation -- $35,000 over two years to produce an exhibit and related programs about civil and political engagement of oregon's african american community from the 1960's civil rights movement to the present

Portland Story Theater -- $4,600  to present storytelling workshops and shows featuring resettled refugees sharing their own stories with portland audiences