Small Grants

Policy of Religious Nondiscrimination


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners are focused on jobs and a vibrant economy for all communities, to keep vulnerable residents safe and healthy, and to foster a culture of trust, communication, diversity, and innovation.

In an effort to ratify this commitment, the Board of Commissioners has decided to continue its Small Grants Program for the eighth year. The Budget Committee has allocated $250,000 for the 2017–2018 fiscal year.

Small grants are doing big things


The goal of the Small Grants Program is to assist organizations whose purpose is to help the most vulnerable residents of Clackamas County. The focus is to fund small projects that would aid these entities in better serving their target populations. These projects shall demonstrate the ability to become fully self-supporting or shall illustrate that the grant request is for a one-time expense. This program supports agencies that are making an effort to develop and implement innovative projects that would address the following goal:

  • Help most vulnerable families, seniors, and others meet their basic needs such as food assistance and abuse prevention.
  • Priority will be given to projects regarding food, housing and homelessness prevention.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible applicants are current nonprofit organizations serving residents of Clackamas County. Eligible projects must address the program’s goal and result in a positive, measurable outcome for Clackamas County residents. Preference will be given to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Prevent occurrence of larger, more dire problems later;
  • Save money later through early intervention;
  • Serve people throughout the community.

Funding cycle

  • Applications due by Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.
  • Projects to be finalized by the end of the 2017–2018 fiscal year.
  • Final Report to be turned in no later than July 15, 2018.

Funding restrictions

  • Funding to individuals will not be allowed.
  • Funding to agencies not serving clients in Clackamas County will not be considered.
  • Capital and operating expenses must be clearly outlined for each proposed project.

To apply

Agencies interested in applying should fill out an application form providing the narrative information requested below and include a proposed project budget.

Please address the following questions:

  • Project Description: Describe the work you propose to conduct with this funding.
    • Explain what the project will accomplish. What is the overall goal of the project?
    • How does it relate to the goals of the Small Grants program? What are the specific aims or objectives of the project? How will this project positively impact Clackamas County residents?
    • If applicable, describe your outreach plan.
  • Timeline: Outline a timeline for the project, indicating key steps and deliverables. If new positions are part of the project, include the hiring process in the timeline.
  • Key Staff: List key staff members that will be responsible for this project and their experience in implementing this type of project.
  • Evaluation: What outcomes will be measured? How will they be measured – what specific data sources will be used? At what point will they be measured and how will outcome measures be incorporated into program planning?
  • Sustainability: Describe the plan for sustaining the project beyond this funding.
  • Budget: Complete Budget Summary

For more information, please contact Caroline Hill at 503-655-8261.

Small Grant recipients