10 grants of $2,000 were made in ARPA funding drawing

Luck was on the side of three local historical preservation nonprofits in today’s grant lottery held in partnership between the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and the Four Way Community Foundation. The Kerbyville Museum and History Center, the Josephine County Historical Society, and the Eugene “Debbs” Potts Foundation, which operates Pottsville Museum, were among the ten winners.
“We’ll use this money to help rebuild our crucial membership base, which was reduced while we were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated Martha Metcalf, treasurer of the Josephine County Historical Society. “Memberships are what keeps our local history alive; please go to our website and join.”
These funds were the last of the pandemic relief money for nonprofits allocated to Josephine County by State Representative Lily Morgan. To be eligible for the drawing, nonprofits had to be a 501c3 serving Josephine County residents, have a nondiscrimination policy in place, and not have already received a grant from this distribution. The Four Way Community Foundation received 35 entries. These were printed, folded, and placed in a basket by Four Way Community Foundation staff member Shelby Kamman. Lindsey Jones of IVCanDO, who had never seen or handled the entries, drew the ten winners. The drawing was broadcast on Facebook Live on the IVCDO Facebook page.
In addition to the three historical preservation groups, the following nonprofits will also receive unrestricted grants of $2,000:
Grants Pass YMCA
KXCJ-LP Community Radio
Cultural and Ecological Enhancement Network (CEEN)
Healthy U
Project Youth +
Grants Pass Museum of Art
Family Solutions
The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO) utilizes the power of partnerships in 7 program areas to build a community for all to thrive. Learn more about our work at ivcdo.org and facebook.com/ivcdo.
The Four Way Community Foundation cultivates philanthropy and nonprofit success in greater Josephine county. To request a presentation to your group or to schedule a personal meeting, please contact Four Way Executive Director Kate Dwyer at 541-474-9774. To learn more, make a gift, or apply for a grant, visit fourwaycommunityfoundation.org