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Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Willamette River Basin

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By Kelly House - March 15, 2017

Meyer’s Willamette River Initiative (WRI) is rooted in a belief that a healthy watershed is crucial to all Oregonians.

In pursuit of this goal, WRI is partnering in Meyer’s 2017 annual funding opportunity to fund projects that advance diversity, equity and inclusion within efforts to restore and protect the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries.

The Willamette River basin’s diversity is its strength. We look forward to hearing from groups with an interest in working toward a river restoration movement that counters disparities, welcomes different perspectives and values about the river and strives to be relevant to all our basin’s communities.

Applicants interested in a grant from the WRI to advance diversity, equity and inclusion should apply through the Healthy Environment Portfolio 2017 annual funding opportunity. To qualify, please specify during the application process that your inquiry relates to the Willamette River or its tributaries and either seeks to (1) ensure that environmental risks and benefits are shared equitably among Willamette Basin communities, or (2) foster an environmental movement that is more effective and relevant to all Oregon’s diverse communities. (Applicants will be prompted for this information during the application process).

Full details about this opportunity, including application guidelines and examples of what we might fund, can be found on Meyer's website. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 19.

If you believe that your project might qualify, we encourage you to attend one of the in-person or virtual information sessions Meyer is hosting throughout the application period. Find the full schedule here. We anticipate that most questions will be answered during these events. If you still have questions or can’t attend an info session, we invite you to contact a Willamette River Initiative staff member at wri@mmt.org, or by phone at 503.228.5512.