Solicited Grants (2011-Current)

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TSNE Missionworks / Ada Developers Academy

Project: Ada Devlopers Academy General Support

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Boston, MA / Seattle, WA

Supports the work that Ada Developers Academy (ADA), located in Seattle, Washington, is doing to include women, particularly women of color and gender diversity, (most often low-income) in the technological field as software developers. ADA offers tuition-free training plus a paid internship.

Ada Developers Academy is designed to increase the number of underrepresented skilled software developers while redefining and reinventing the way individuals are prepared to be successful in information technology careers. With an intensive, inclusive, and positive learning community, it aims to directly address both the information technology labor shortage in Washington and the lack of diverse experience, thought, and background in the software industry.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Luis Obispo

Project: Parents of Joy All-Inclusive Playground

Year: 2017 Grant Amount: $2,000 Location: Atascadero, CA

Supports the construction of a playground accessible to all children, regardless of ability. The playground will be designed to make social play easier for children with cerebral palsy and other special needs.  NOTE: this grant does not conform to Lamb Foundation’s usual guidelines.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Project: Census Equity Fund 2020

Year: 2019 Grant Amount: $37,500 Location: Portland, OR

This is an unusually large grant for Lamb Foundation.  The directors felt that it was important enough that they devoted a large portion of Fall 2019 grants to join with fellow philanthropists to support this effort.  Census 2020 is extremely important because an accurate count of citizens determines many factors, including how much money is available to states for social services.  By supporting an accurate count, especially among those most in need of these services, funds will have an impact of further reach.

The Census Equity Fund is designed to concentrate funding and services for those who are hardest to count.  Among others, these include people living in rural, tribal or non traditional tracts, homeless people, people with language barriers, people without adequate internet connection or skills, and young children.  United Way of the Columbia Willamette is managing this fund to serve the entire state of Oregon.

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Project: Whychus Creek strategic planning & projects

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $30,000 Location: Bend, OR

Provides support to develop a Strategic Action Plan for Whychus Creek using the framework developed in collaboration with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.  The Strategic Action Plan outlines the integrated restoration activities of the Watershed Council (stream restoration, fish passage, fish screening and education), the Deschutes Land Trust (land conservation) and the Deschutes River Conservancy (streamflow restoration) for the period of 2015-2021.

This effort will build off of the successful partnership work that has occurred in Whychus Creek over the past decade and help guide the future restoration efforts of these partner organizations.

Urban ArtWorks S20

Project: Mural Apprentice Program- School Year 20/21

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $12,000 Location: Seattle, WA

The Urban ArtWorks’ Mural Apprentice Program (MAP) provides arts-based employment opportunities for young people with barriers to employment and education.  Provides 192 instruction hours for 20 high-risk youth to work with 6 teaching artists to produce murals that are installed throughout King County, WA. to enrich the environment with art and give these youth job skills, work and a sense of pride.

Urban Gleaners

Project: Food to Schools Expansion Project

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $20,000 Location: Portland, OR

Urban Gleaners provides weekly deliveries of fresh food for home consumption to children and families in high need in E Multnomah County through their schools and Section 8 housing. Urban Gleaners reduces waste and want.


Urban Gleaners

Project: Unrestricted

Year: 2021 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR

Supporting their mission to help alleviate hunger by collecting food that would be thrown away and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry. Hunger is not a problem of scarce resources but inefficient distribution.

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Urban Gleaners

Project: Food to Schools Program Expansion

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $14,000 Location: Portland, OR

The Food to Schools program brings food to more than 50 food-insecure families in each of over twelve schools during the school year and at least seven during the summer.  The addition of a refrigerated van will increase weekly food delivery to 250 additional families and reach more hungry children.  In addition, food can be gathered more from the source and kept fresh longer.  The purchase of the refrigerated van has made it possible to better serve the schools throughout the school year and into the summer months with ‘Free Farmers Markets’, as well as making deliveries to the low-income housing where students live.

Walla Walla Watershed Foundation

Project: Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council Education Outreach Program

Year: 2017 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Walla Walla, WA

The program engages 600+ students and 100+ adults each year in a collection of experiential learning activities to improve audience’s understanding of natural resources and systems, to foster restoration and sustainability in the Walla Walla watershed basin.


Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center

Project: Salmon cooking station and Joseph Interpretive Exhibit Tipis

Year: 2011 Grant Amount: $9,000 Location: Wallowa, OR

The Nez Perce Homeland Project is a grass roots endeavor to develop a place in the Wallowa Valley where the Nez Perce people can once again celebrate their traditions and customs.  It aims to connect a new generation of Nez Perce people, local community members, and visitors from around the world with stories of the past and a vision of the future.  This grant furthers that mission by: 1) construct a rock salmon cooking station beside the traditional dance arbor in Wallowa to be used during the annual Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Feast; 2) replace the two aging Nez Perce style tipis, decorated by Nez Perce artists, at the Homeland Project Interpretive Exhibit in Joseph.




Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center

Project: General Operations

Year: 2023 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Wallowa, OR

Originally this proposal was for a sound system and lighting to enhance the cultural experience of the annual Tamkaliks Powwow. Up to 1000 tribal members and 1000 observers attend the 3-day event.  However, the grant was made for general operations to allow them to utilize funds for other projects as well.

Wallowa Resources

Project: All-Lands Forest Stewardship Coordination Across the Northern Blues

Year: 2021 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Enterprise, OR

Funds will support coordination and implementation for six cross-boundary projects across Umatilla, Baker, Union and Wallowa counties as part of the ten year Northern Blues Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (CFLRP).

Wild Gift

Project: Marketing / Leader Development Program

Year: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Sun Valley, ID

Half of this gift was used to improve social media outreach for Wild Gift, and half supported one new Wild Gift Leader in 2013.  Wild Gift helps to develop young leaders through an intensive wilderness experience and mentoring the leaders’  project designed to benefit their community/society.  Please see their website for more information.

Wilderness International, Inc.

Project: Canby Community Park Wetlands Youth Conservation Project

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $7,300 Location: Canby, Or

The Wilderness International Youth Conservation Corps program exists to build life skills in the lives of at-risk youth while completing important conservation projects.  This program enhances the native habitat and public access of the Youth & Disabled Citizens Fishing Pond & adjoining wetlands trail system at the Canby Community Park.  In addition, youth crew members receive training, college credit, stipends and job skills development from the program.

Willamette Riverkeeper

Project: General Support of Clean Water, Healthy Habitat, Freshwater Mussel Protection and River Access!

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

The intent of this general support proposal is to protect water quality and habitat, and to better enable people to see and experience their river.

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