October 2017 Grants

At the October 2017 meeting of the Trustees, The Collins Foundation approved 24 single-year grants and 8 multi-year grants, totaling more than $1.4 million awarded to community based organizations across Oregon.


Artists Repertory Theatre -- $60,000  to produce plays and programs, and provide equity training for staff, artists, and board members in Portland

Boom Arts -- $7,000  to support the 2017-18 performance series, “Culture as Resistance.”

Lane Arts Council -- $10,000  to provide in-school arts education and artist residencies in rural Lane County

Marylhurst University -- $50,000  in honor of Maribeth Collins

Third Rail Repertory Theatre -- $12,000  to support operations and programs to strengthen organizational sustainability and enrich audience experiences in Portland


Children & Youth

Curry Child Abuse Intervention Center (dba Wally's House) -- $50,000 over two years to establish a full-time advocate position and a part-time administrative assistant position to serve more children and family members at a child abuse assessment center in rural Gold Beach

Ophelia's Place -- $75,000 over three years to expand girls empowerment programming in rural Junction City

Volunteers of America Oregon -- $35,000  to purchase a van to meet new state regulations for transporting children participating in therapeutic early childhood programs that serve low-income families in Portland

Kids Club of Harney County -- $100,000  to construct a gymnasium to serve community members of all ages in rural Burns

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) -- $20,000  to support public policy education and Tribal community development to promote culturally-specific child welfare services for American Indian/Alaska Native families in Oregon through a challenge match


Community Welfare

Sisters of the Road -- $50,000 over two years to re-establish an executive director position to oversee programs to promote justice and dignity for people living in poverty and experiencing houselessness in Portland

Verde -- $100,000 over two years to support asset-building, workforce development, and renewable energy programs to promote economic and environmental sustainability for low-income residents of color in Portland's Cully neighborhood

REACH Community Development -- $150,000 over two years to construct 198 affordable apartment units in North Portland primarily to serve individuals and families of color who have been displaced from North and Northeast Portland

Salem Dream Center -- $50,000 over two years to hire a program coordinator to expand education and community enrichment programs primarily serving Latino students and families residing in a low-income West Salem neighborhood in part through a challenge match

Proud Ground -- $85,000 over three years to increase organizational capacity to expand homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income families across Oregon

Basic Rights Education Fund -- $40,000  to support programs and operations to address youth, racial, and transgender justice for LGBTQ individuals statewide

Family Forward Oregon -- $50,000  to train racially diverse teams of low- and middle-income women in Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Bend to shape and advocate for policies promoting economic security for mothers and their families

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

Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers -- $20,000  to support operations and programs serving homeless individuals and families in rural Yamhill, Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln Counties

Lotus Rising Project -- $23,000  to support operations and staffing to expand programs serving LGBTQ youth and adults in Jackson and Josephine Counties

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

Outback Retirement Center, Inc. -- $15,000  to complete a kitchen upgrade in a community center to establish meal programs primarily serving low-income seniors in rural Christmas Valley

Tillamook County Women's Resource Center -- $20,000  to expand a bilingual advocate position to full time to serve Latino survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Tillamook County

Urban Gleaners -- $25,000  to expand capacity to collect and distribute increased food donations and support equity training to increase cultural responsiveness



The Shadow Project -- $45,000 over two years to expand the advancing equity initiative to better serve children with learning disabilities in general education classrooms in the Portland and David Douglas School Districts


Health & Science

Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance -- $20,000  to support a collaborative incorporating behavioral and mental health services into home visiting programs supporting early childhood health in rural Umatilla, Morrow, Grant, and Malheur Counties

LifeWorks Northwest -- $35,000  to renovate a facility to establish a federally-certified community behavioral health clinic to provide comprehensive health services for low-income Hillsboro residents

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




Benton County Historical Society -- $70,000  to construct a new museum in Corvallis' cultural corridor to expand exhibition space and community programs

Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum -- $20,000  to purchase a reader board for a community center serving culturally-diverse residents in rural Ontario and the surrounding area

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church -- $60,000  to renovate community meeting spaces and classrooms, and establish an African American cultural history museum in a historic North Portland building