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Meyer grants total more than $1 million in Jackson County

Meyer Memorial Trust Wednesday announced 151 grants totaling $17.3 million to nonprofits and organizations supporting work to help close inequity gaps in the state.

The majority of Meyer’s grants are to organizations working to bring policy change, services, knowledge and expertise to rural and urban communities across the state.

Seven grants totaling more than $1 million were awarded to organizations making an impact in Jackson County.

All 151 grants fall within one or more of Meyer’s focus areas: housing, the environment and community building. The awards were selected from 675 proposals winnowed through a competitive selection process.

Grants to Jackson County include:

Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon, Medford, $200,000 — To support health education and policy projects to advance health equity in Douglas and Josephine counties.

Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Ashland, $200,000 — For capacity building and communications to expand reach of forest restoration work that merges traditional ecological knowledge and ecosystem management practices to generate jobs in Oregon’s rural and tribal communities.

Rogue Farm Corps, Ashland, $70,000 — For operating support to beginning farmer education, skill development and farm succession, and for technical assistance to build capacity and equity outcomes through training.

Geos Institute, Ashland, $110,000 — To expand use of promising watershed restoration techniques to provide clean drinking water and improved fish habitat in rural communities.

Rogue Basin Partnership, Medford, $100,000 — To support the collaborative of 16 organizations that works to initiate an inclusive urban watershed restoration and outreach program focused on ecologically significant sites in Medford and Grants Pass.

Caritas Community Housing Corporation, Portland, $250,000 — For a preservation and rehabilitation project that will make critical physical improvements, preserve contract rental subsidies and maintain affordability at three rural housing communities in Douglas and Jackson counties.

Housing Authority of Jackson County, Medford, $100,000 — For an eviction-prevention specialist to address eviction-related move-outs, and to intervene and advocate for residents at risk of losing their housing.