Grantee Spotlights

Celebrating the work of grantees throughout Oregon

We are so proud of all that our grantees have accomplished with funding from our Public Program Grants and Mini Grants for Rural Libraries. Here are some highlights from organizations throughout Oregon:


Caretakers of the Land and the Ascension School's Xmaash Tamachyt (Camas Bake)

This grant funding was a major boost of support for our organization. On top of enabling another year of practicing this art together as a community, we were also able to purchase gear and tools that will last for many years of camps. It gave us that much more encouragement to keep moving forward with this work, which in turn showed other members and leaders in our community that we are dedicated to carrying this on year after year. This has boosted our support and continues to deepen our outreach and connections throughout the Pacific Northwest.

—Bobby Fossek, leader of Naknuwithlama Tiichamna (Caretakers of the Land), which received, in partnership with the Ascension School, a Public Program Grant for Xmaash Tamachyt (Camas Bake), a series of cultural immersion camps led by Indigenous culture-keepers and language instructors.

Rogue Valley Mentoring's Youth Panel

“This event provided Jackson County youth with a platform to share their challenges, joys, and hopes in their own voices. It also gave community decision-makers an opportunity to hear directly from youth about the things that impact them.”

—Jenna Sather, of Rogue Valley Mentoring, which received a 2022 Public Program Grant for their Annual Youth Panel. Youth participants from left to right: Josie, Jasmatae, Jazz, Dylan, Caden, and Emilio.

Cada Casa's Bigger Than Hip Hop workshops

"Although all students walked in as a fan of Hip Hop culture (whether that be graffiti writing, hip hop music, dance, or fashion), almost none of them knew about the historical underpinnings of that art form. Gaining an understanding of how these art forms were created and the cultural significance allowed students the ability to appreciate them and compare them to modern interpretations." 

Cada Casa, which received a Public Program Grant for a series of workshops exploring the historical and cultural relevance of the different disciplines of Hip Hop.

Comunidad y Herencia's Cultural Roots Program

Comunidad y Herencia Cultural received a Public Program Grant to support the Cultural Roots program, which featured culture bearers of color who led lectures, workshops, and dialogues exploring the history, identity, and presence of the Charro (Mexican horseman) in the Pacific Northwest.

Forest Grove City Library's Anywhere But Here Series

Forest Grove City Library received a Mini Grant for Rural Libraries for series of programs on housing discrimination in Oregon. The series, presented in partnership with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO), included an exhibit and a series of community conversations about the history of housing discrimination, current housing trends, and future challenges.


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