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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist, 503-742-5917 11-20-14

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County awards $200,000 to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has announced the recipient organizations of $200,000 in grants to support local nonprofit organizations that serve seniors, veterans in need, the families of children stricken with cancer, at-risk youth, the developmentally disabled, the homeless, the hungry, low-income individuals, and teen parents.

Commissioners set aside $200,000 from the county’s General Fund to support the Small Grants Program, now in its sixth year. The program is aimed at assisting local nonprofit groups that use these funds for projects to serve some of the most vulnerable populations of our community.

Projects selected for funding demonstrate either the ability to become self-supporting or are a much-needed one-time expense.

“We are proud that our local nonprofit organizations leverage these grants into meaningful assistance for our vulnerable populations in Clackamas County,” said Commissioner Jim Bernard. “The Small Grants Program is an outstanding partnership between government and the nonprofit community to provide assistance and support to help our needy veterans, seniors, and others who are facing challenging times in their lives. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of each and every member of our community.”

This year, 37 groups were selected for grants ranging from $600 to $15,000. A total of 88 organizations applied for grants in July and August.

Last year, Clackamas County Commissioners provided the same total amount of funding ($200,000) to dozens of local nonprofits that helped similar at-risk populations, including struggling homebound individuals. To watch a video highlighting this successful project, click here.

Clackamas County began distributing grants during the past several days. Many of the grants will be used in the next few months to address pressing issues facing numerous populations during the coming winter season.

Organizations receiving grants are required to show how funds are used. This continual evaluation includes reviews of service levels and performance measures.

This year’s awardees, and their respective funded projects, include:

For more information please contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock by telephone at 503-742-5917 or by email at dblaylock@clackamas.us

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