MBF Awards $44,495 in Civic Education Grants
Bus Project Foundation was awarded $3,500 for the PolitiCorps Leadership Fellowship program to train, educate and inform young leaders, and build a commitment to civic engagement.
City Club of Portland was granted $2,500 for its Civic Scholars and Civic Awards program to promote civic education and engagement in under-served Portland schools and recognize excellence in individuals, student groups and nonprofits with an innovative approach to civic engagement.
Elders in Action was granted $3,000 for Action, Passion, Talent = Civic Engagement, a program that helps older adults understand the legal system, and how to navigate it as potential volunteers and advocates.
League of Women Voters of Oregon was awarded $3,500 for voter services, including the Oregon Student Mock Election with expanded outreach to the Spanish-speaking community.
League of Women Voters of Portland was granted $4,000 to hold candidate and ballot measure forums and provide comprehensive voters' guides prior to the primary and general elections.
MetroEast Community Media was awarded $4,545 to produce "El poder de ser un votador dedicado" or "The power of being an engaged voter," a Spanish-language short video and public service announcement that encourages and promotes being an engaged voter.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment was granted $3,500 for "Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results," a middle school curriculum and teacher training that promotes civic education through the study of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII with particular focus on Oregon attorney Minoru Yasui, who was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
Saturday Academy received $4,400 to fund speech and debate and mock trial classes at Title I middle schools, and Kid Lawyer Summer Camp, where fifth - eighth grade students learn about the judicial system in a fun, hands-on learning experience.
Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees was granted $5,000 for its Voter Education Project, to promote full immigrant integration, civic participation and voter engagement through monthly classes to newly naturalized citizens. Participants learn about the American voting system and receive help registering to vote.
For more information, contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.
2017 Grants Cycle
Local nonprofits interested in receiving grant funding for their civic education or engagement programs are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry to the Multnomah Bar Foundation.