Byline: The Register-Guard
The Eugene Public Library has received a grant of $16,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to host "The Big Read" in March 2014.
The U.S. Forest Service awarded Bridgeway House a $2,000 grant to help fund the nonprofit organization's Outdoor Camp Program, which provides environmental education to children with autism.
The Oregon Arts Commission awarded $1.36 million in its first round of awards for fiscal year 2013-14. Local grants include Cottage Theatre, $3,000, operating support; Arts Umbrella, $7,000, operating support; Ballet Fantastique, $4,500, operating support, Cinema Pacific Film Festival, $3,000, operating support; Eugene Ballet Company, $22,000, operating support; Eugene Symphony Association Inc, $33,500, operating support; The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, $20,500, operating support; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, $10,000, operating support; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, $5,000, arts learning; Lane Arts Council, $16,000, arts services; Oregon Bach Festival, $16,000, operating support, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, $5,000, operating support.
The Home Federal Foundation, established by Home Federal Bank, awarded Springfield nonprofit Volunteers in Medicine a $2,500 grant.
Pearl Buck Center has received a two-year grant, for $11,000 each year, from the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon for the Pearl Buck Preschool program. The grant will expand the preschool's specialized parenting program through a collaborative project with the Oregon Social Learning Center.
Ninkasi Brewing Company and Sterling Bank have pledged $37,500 to six local nonprofits and organizations in the Eugene area this year. Each will receive $6,250. The organizations are FOOD for Lane County, Junior Achievement, Long Tom Watershed Council, McKenzie River Trust and the Berggren Demonstration Farm, Oregon Cultural Trust and United Way of Lane County and it's Day of Action Initiative.
Lane Arts Council has awarded its 2013-2014 Community Arts Grant to the Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall's performances and education programs, $6,000; Maude Kerns Art Center's exhibits and education programs, $5,000; Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras' youth orchestra season, $3,000; Oregon Contemporary Theatre's theater season and education programs, $3,000; Actors Cabaret of Eugene's theater season and education programs, $3,000; PICCFEST's festival and workshops, $2,000; The Very Little Theatre's performances, $2,000; and Ballet Fantastique's performances and education programs, $2,000. …