Project Grants

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics awards project grants each year to community organizations, university faculty and departments, and student organizations. Awards are given to projects that stimulate and support educational events and activities related to the center’s theme of inquiry. 

Applications for 2020-21 are due by 5p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Application materials will be available in November. 



2019-20 Project Grants

The Wayne Morse Center is supporting in part or in full the following efforts in conjunction with its 2019-21 theme of inquiry, Science, Policy, and the Public:

350 Eugene will organize a Climate Town Hall in West Eugene in autumn 2019 with a focus on outreach to and gaining perspectives from historically marginalized groups who are often disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate disruption. The goal is to elicit input in setting community and government priorities for addressing climate breakdown and for implementing the City of Eugene’s Climate and Energy Action Plan. 

Beyond Toxics will hold the Environmental Justice Pathways Summit at UO in spring 2020. The summit will bring together frontline communities, government officials, students, and scholars to develop a framework of environmental justice principles that will be turned into a resource guide for advocates and policymakers to embed an environmental justice framework in policy and practice. 

Cascadia Prepared is developing a Cascadia Resilience Scorecard in anticipation of the impending Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake/tsunami. The scorecard will inform policymakers and the public about the earthquake resilience status of numerous lifeline infrastructure areas, such as emergency services, transportation, communications, utilities, healthcare, etc. It will also offer recommendations on what must be done to achieve maximum survival rates and recovery. 

Eugene Science Center will acquire a new immersive, full-dome planetarium show entitled Our Violent Planet, focused on three of Oregon’s natural threats -- earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes -- as well as other earth science topics such as plate tectonics. Science Center educators will work with UO scientists to develop educational programs aimed at informing our community about the hazardous environments in which we live and how we can prepare to face those hazards when they occur.

KLCC Public Radio Foundation will host a series of twelve in-depth audio reports titled Resilience and Natural Resources in Oregon. The radio features will allow Oregonians to learn about efforts around the region to address the threats presented by current and future environmental disasters. The series will culminate with a public gathering and discussion. 

Oregon Environmental Council will partner with facilitator and UO associate professor Alaí Reyes Santos to organize a series of community conversations across the state gleaning priorities, desired outcomes and stories of creative solutions from rural minority and low-income households to shape the State of Oregon’s future investments in Oregon’s natural and built water infrastructure. These perspectives will be incorporated into a report that will be publicly disseminated through OEC communications and advocacy channels and made available to the state legislature as a 100-year water vision is developed to meet the diverse water quality and quantity needs of communities across Oregon.

UO School of Journalism and Communication’s Media Center for Science and Technology and UO Institute for a Sustainable Environment will host a symposium at UO bringing together researchers, policy makers, and the public to foster decision-making focused on building resilience to future wildfire and smoke events. 


2018-19 Project Grants

CAPACES Leadership Institute The grant will help fund a service trip to the U.S./Mexico border for members of TURNO: Talento Universitario Regresando a Nuestros Origenes (University Talent Returning to Our Origins), a program for youth ages 14-21 who attend Woodburn High School’s five academies. TURNO creates a path that prepares high school students for long-term social justice advocacy through self-discovery, leadership development, and access to higher education. The goal is to prepare TURNO participants for college and inspire them to later return to their communities to help make those communities thrive.
Career Pathways / Lane Community College Using project grant funds, LCC’s Career Pathways program will organize and host an interactive county-wide community forum on April 18, 2019, titled “Opening Doors: Connecting Career & Employment Opportunities for Immigrants of Lane County.” The object is to facilitate the exchange of information between non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies that serve first generation and adult immigrants in Lane County. Goals include improving awareness of existing opportunities, fostering inter-agency collaboration, sharing best practices, and identifying gaps in service. After the forum, LCC will create and distribute widely a matrix of available Lane County services.
Community Alliance of Lane County The grant enables CALC to produce four staged readings of the play Now, I Am Your Neighbor -- telling the true stories of courage, hopefulness and resilience of Lane County immigrants -- in fall 2018 and create a short touring version of the play to be performed twenty or more times in schools and places of worship between July 2018 and the end of June 2019. Performances will be followed by a facilitated discussion. In addition, CALC will display in ten or more locations its touring photography exhibit, “We Are Neighbors,” featuring portraits of diverse Lane County immigrants. The play and photo exhibit are intended to help those farther from the immigrant experience understand the realities that immigrants face, to feel connected to immigrants on a human level, and to see their resilience and their contributions.
Ernesto Martinez (Ethnic Studies) The grant supports Associate Professor Martinez’ project “A Child Should Not Long For Its Own Image: Literature and Visual Media for Queer Latinx Youth.” It will enable him to bring to Eugene on Saturday, October 13th (National Coming Out Day), queer Chicana artist Christina González and lesbian film director Adelina Anthony in order to do the following: offer a workshop at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art aimed primarily at Latinx youth, host a community screening of Martinez’ film, La Serenata, followed by a discussion with parents and teachers, and host an on-campus screening of La Serenata and a presentation of Martinez’ children’s book When We Love Someone, We Sing to Them. The grant also funds the purchase and distribution of fifty copies of the book to local schools and libraries.
Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) The grant supports Huerto’s new Equidad Fellowship, which will enable a student from an immigrant family to undertake a paid internship at Huetro, a local non-profit with a small staff and budget that provides organic garden plots and small business start-up services to Latino immigrant families.
KLCC Public Radio Foundation KLCC is using its grant to produce a 12-month series of in-depth audio reports, titled Native Voices of Oregon, which will take a detailed look at Native Americans in Oregon. A public forum will be held at the Lane Community College’s Longhouse to supplement the series and encourage public involvement. This entire project will bring community members more facts, stories and information to help increase understanding and appreciation for Native American people.
Noche Cultural / Culture Night – Held each August in Springfield, this event offers family-oriented activities and an exhibition of the Mexican national sport of artful horsemanship known as Charreria. Its goal it to build community, pride, and intercultural understanding. This is the second in a two-year grant from the Wayne Morse Center.

2017-18 Project Grants

1999-2017 Project Grants