The Oregon Community Foundation this week announced the award of Community Grants totaling $488,852 to 17 Jackson County nonprofit organizations. This is the most money distributed locally through OCF’s highly competitive statewide grants program.

The Community Grants and many others will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

Here are the grant awards:


Asante Foundation, $50,000
Ashland Independent Film Festival, $18,035
Compass House, $22,817
Coyote Trails School of Nature, $10,909
Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon, $8,000
Geos Institute, $20,000
JPR Foundation, $50,000
Kid Time Discovery Experience, $40,000
Living Opportunities Inc., $47,500
Lotus Rising Project, $6,591
Medford First Christian Church, $5,000
Mt. Ashland Association, $20,000
Rogue Retreat, $50,000
Rogue River School District, $15,000
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, $20,000
Southern Oregon ESD, $30,000
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, $75,000

Statewide, OCF announced $8.8 million in grants, including $3.7 million for the Community Grants program. Community Grants represent a relatively small portion of the foundation’s total grant-making and scholarships, which exceeded $100 million in 2015. Other types include advised fund grants, field of interest grants, designated grants, education initiative grants and many others.