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Murdock Trust Awards Funding to Grow Our Training Program

 Pomegranate Center is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $160,000 over three years from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. These funds will support the development of our training and mentorship programs, which will expand our impact by increasing training offerings in both size and scope.

The grant will allow Pomegranate Center to put into action a major new initiative within the organization. Pomegranate Center will hire a Director of Education, who will provide strategy and planning for growing its training programs. Other work supported by the grant will focus on developing advanced level training opportunities and cultivating a second generation of trainers who can teach the Pomegranate Method. Additionally, Pomegranate will be able to support its growing community of trained experts by hosting an annual conference where trainees can gather to discuss their experiences, share best practices, and receive advanced-level training.

“Our vision is that every community should have trained facilitators who can convene effective and joyful collaborative processes. This grant will help us take a big step forward in this vision, and allow Pomegranate Center to develop a deeper approach for transferring to others the knowledge we have learned over our 30 years of community engagement and placemaking,“ says Executive Director Eric Higbee.



The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Their mission is to “serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.”