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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

07-01-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

2015 Small Grants Program announced; County to award $250K to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations

Clackamas County Commissioners have announced that the application process for the county’s Small Grants Program will open today, July 1. This will be the seventh consecutive year that Clackamas County offers this critical program designed to financially assist local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county.

A total of $250,000 will be distributed to local organizations, an increase of $50,000 from previous years. Last year, 37 groups were selected for grants ranging from $600 to $15,000.

Groups serve populations such as seniors, veterans in need, families of children stricken with cancer, at-risk youth, the developmentally disabled, homeless persons, the hungry, low-income individuals, and teen parents.

One 2014 recipient, the Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center, was awarded $15,000 to provide mental health counseling and therapeutic equine-related activities for troubled veterans. Clackamas County has produced a new short video detailing how its grant directly helped that organization and the veterans it serves.

"It’s amazing. (The therapy) improves mood, affect, physical ability, social interaction … there’s so many benefits that come with equine therapy, it’s hard to categorize them all," states center Program Director Michelle Bianchi in the video.

The video features multiple veterans discussing, in their own words, how the therapy has helped them in their personal lives.

To be eligible for grants, organizations must show that programs can be self-supporting or that the grant is a one-time expense. Projects must help vulnerable families, seniors and others meet their basic needs such as (but not limited to) food assistance and abuse prevention.

Organizations interested in being considered for funding can apply starting today, July 1, through Monday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. The online application form and more information about the Small Grants Program are available at www.clackamas.us/bcc/smallgrants.html. For additional information or inquiries, members of the public may contact Board Assistant Caroline Hill at CarolineHill@clackamas.us or 503-655-8261.

Recipient organizations are expected to be announced in October, and funds will be awarded quickly thereafter. Organizations receiving funding will be required to show how the grant was used, including service level and performance measures.

For more information, members of the media may contact Board Assistant Caroline Hill at CarolineHill@clackamas.us or 503-655-8261.

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