PORTLAND - The Meyer Memorial Trust has announced 12 grant awards totaling approximately $1.7 million made to Oregon nonprofit organizations in August through its General Purpose Grants program.

Recipients included Grant County, for a renovation project planned at Prairie City's Dewitt Museum in Depot Park. The $24,000 grant will be used toward a renovation project to the structure's electrical and heating/cooling systems.

Prairie City recorder Diane Clingman explained that Grant County owns the building and property, and the granting process is passing through the county even though Prairie City owns the contents of the museum. The Grant County Court is scheduled to act on this grant award at its Wednesday, Sept. 4 meeting.

Vera Clark, curator of the Depot Museum said, "These improvements will help us a lot." She is especially pleased that the heating/cooling system will keep the upstairs rooms at a more comfortable temperature for the patrons.

In recent years, Clingman has noted increased interest in the Dewitt Museum and is aware of more involvement from the community. The community looks forward to future improvements with Phase 2 focused on replacing windows, interior walls and weatherstripping. Phase 3 would address structural upgrades such as roof ventilation, truss replacement and exterior paint for the museum building.

Meyer Trust Board chairwoman Debbie Craig announced that the new grants brought the total funds awarded in the Trust's current fiscal year (which began April 1) to over $9.5 million. Since its inception in 1982, the Meyer Trust has provided more than $300 million to tax-exempt organizations, mostly within the state of Oregon and in Clark County, Washington. The board meets monthly to make grants.

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