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

11-19-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

At-risk youth, homeless, hungry, seniors, veterans to benefit from $250,000 grants

Clackamas County Commissioners have announced the recipient organizations of $250,000 in grants to support veterans in need, the families of children stricken with cancer, at-risk youth, abused people, homeless people, hungry people, disabled people, seniors, low-income individuals, and other vulnerable populations.

This past summer, commissioners set aside $250,000 from the county’s General Fund to support the Small Grants Program, now in its seventh year. The program assists local nonprofit groups with projects that serve some of the most vulnerable populations of our community. This is a $50,000 increase from past years.

Select recipients and projects include:

Projects selected for funding demonstrate either the ability to become self-supporting or are a much-needed one-time expense. This year, 53 groups were selected for grants ranging from $850 to $14,583. A total of 90 organizations applied for grants in July and August.

In 2014, commissioners provided dozens of local nonprofits that helped similar at-risk populations, including the Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center, a repeat awardee which will receive $5,000 to provide equine therapy to children with disabilities. Last year, the center received funding to provide similar activities to troubled veterans.

A video highlighting this successful project is online, and media outlets are free to embed the video.

Clackamas County will start distributing grants next week. 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 additional 42 awardees, and their respective funded projects, are:

More information is available online about the Small Grants Program.

Members of the public seeking more information can contact Caroline Hill in the County Administration office at 503-655-8261.

For more information, members of the media may contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.

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