Cornelius nonprofit gets program funds from Nike Inc.

Beaverton-based Nike Inc. has announced that grants totaling $250,000 will go to 25 local nonprofits and schools through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation’s latest funding cycle.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and Health Center, headquartered in Cornelius, won a $10,000 grant for its Develop the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) program at 46 YMCA of Columbia-Willamette childcare programs in five counties.

The Nike Employee Grant Fund supports projects that “encourage physical activity in meaningful ways, especially those that create early positive experiences for children through physical education, sports and play,” according to Kathy Webb, Nike’s community impact manager. Since its launch in 2010, the fund has provided almost 200 grants to organizations and schools that contribute to making Oregon and Southwest Washington great places to live and work.

Applications are due June 1 for the next round of Nike awards, with $300,000 in cash grants being offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest Washington). Grants are one-year awards totaling between $5,000 and $20,000 each.

Applications should be submitted online at

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