Where People and Forests Meet: Complimentary Venue Grant

In 2024, World Forestry Center is once again offering two complimentary event venue rentals to nonprofit organizations


World Forestry Center is committed to practices and programs that elevate diverse voices, promote inclusiveness, and improve equity, both within our organization and in our community. We hope this opportunity to extend complimentary venue space to nonprofit organizations and events will increase equitable access and grow new partnerships between community organizations and World Forestry Center.  

For over half a century, World Forestry Center has worked at the intersection of people and forests. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and inspiring champions of sustainable forestry, we offer experiences that inspire people to value and support the economic, ecological, and social benefits of forests.

Located in Washington Park, World Forestry Center’s banquet and meeting halls are tucked away in the forest, only 10 minutes from downtown. Our venues offer stunning wooden interiors, polished stone floors, and modern amenities to make events extraordinary in a natural and comfortable setting.  

This is the third year for the World Forestry Center Complimentary Venue Grant and we will again award two grants in 2024 for a complimentary event rental in either Miller Hall, Cheatham Hall, or our Cheatham Hall/Plaza combination (up to a $4,750 value).

2024 Grant Recipients

Northwest Native American Chamber 

Mission: Serve all members of the community with culturally specific services that are designed by and for Native Entrepreneurs and create an economy where all members of the community can flourish. www.NWNC.org

Business Diversity Institute

Mission: Support the growth and success of regional minority-owned and women-owned business through; education and training; outreach, tools and resources; and promoting collaboration of public/private organizations in these efforts. www.bdiweb.org

Once approved and the event has occurred, the grant recipient will send to World Forestry Center a recap of the event within 30 days. Please address how many people attended, if financial goals were met (if it was a fundraiser), lessons learned, challenges, and plans on repeating the event in future years.  

A Complimentary Venue Grant covers the rental fee at World Forestry Center. It does not cover refundable damage deposits or after-hours security fees. Upon being awarded a grant, awardees are responsible for submitting a $500 good faith deposit within 15 business days of the award that will be retained if the event is canceled within 60 days of the event date. The deposit will be refunded after the event. Awardees are responsible for all insurance requirements and catering fees.

Thank you to all who applied.

About Our Facility Rentals

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