The Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees has awarded two grants totaling $620,000 to organizations in Jackson County.
The largest award, worth $400,000, went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland to construct a production center for designing, building and storing sets.
A $220,000 grant was awarded to ACCESS Inc., based in Medford, to strengthen the local and regional food system in Jackson and Josephine counties. The program's goal is to help communities build sustainable local and regional food systems that increase residents' access to locally grown food, improve health and provide increased economic opportunity.
Klamath County Library Foundation in Klamath Falls received $80,000 to create a south suburban branch library to encourage reading and life-long learning.
The May grants bring the total amount awarded in Southern Oregon since Meyer Memorial Trust began operating in 1982 to more than $39 million.
Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets of approximately $722 million.