The grant will go toward finishing the culinary enrichment center on the building’s first floor

RENDERING COURTESY OF CCC - The Chehalem Cultural Center received a $200,000 grant to put toward finishing their building.

The Chehalem Cultural Center was one of several organizations to receive a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust this month, netting $200,000.

The grant was one of dozens the trust gave out to organizations across the Pacific Northwest. All told, the group distributed about $3 million to more than a dozen organizations in the greater Portland area, and gave $11 million to nearly 50 projects total.

In addition to the cultural center, local organizations like the Oregon Community Foundation, OMSI, Portland Youth Builders, Reed College, University of Portland and Portland Leadership Foundation also received grants

"From helping refugees find community and build a home to supporting vulnerable children to addressing the mental health needs of our neighbors, these grants represent the critical work that countless nonprofits, corporate foundations, family foundations and volunteers are coming together with representatives of the business, government, health care, faith and education sectors to address in creative and sustainable ways," said Steve Moore, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust's executive director.

According to Sean Andries, executive director for the center, the CCC's grant will go toward establishing a culinary enrichment center on the first floor of the Sheridan Street building. The project, which would fill the last unfinished space on the first floor, also received a $250,000 grant from the city's transient lodging tax. Andries said in addition to a catering prep kitchen, the final renovations would also call for additional public bathrooms on the first floor, which will be very helpful during events.

"For us it's the next logical step," he said.

The culinary enrichment center will provide staging areas for caterers and others to prep and serve food in local venues. There will also be a multi-purpose room as part of the plan that can be used as a staging area.

Formerly Central School, the building still has more renovations needed in the future, Andries said. There is still about a third of the second floor that needs to be renovated, but this grant will fund finishing off the final needs of the first floor.

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