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 $15,000 grant for its Develop the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) program at 46 YMCA of Columbia-Willamette child care 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.

“Nike believes in the power of human potential and we are proud to support these 25 outstanding organizations, whose innovative programs are creating positive change in our community,” said Webb. “These grants also provide an important opportunity to connect Nike employees with our communities, not only through the grant-making process but through continued volunteerism with the organizations. Together we can create strong and healthy communities.”

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. Eighty percent of grant awards support organizations and projects that are creating a world where physical activity, play and sports are highly valued, and 20 percent support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions.

Applications should be submitted online at

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