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County’s Small Grants Program to award $300K to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations


From: Dylan Blaylock, Community Relations Specialist, 503-742-5917

Media and Interested Parties

The Board of County Commissioners’ application process for its Small Grants Program will open July 2. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Clackamas County will offer this critical program designed to assist local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county.

A total of $300,000 will be distributed to local organizations. Last year, 46 groups were selected for grants ranging from $850 to nearly $15,000.

Groups serve populations such as seniors, housing insecure individuals, veterans in need, families of cancer-stricken children, at-risk youth, the developmentally disabled, hungry persons and many more. A list of last year’s awardees is available online.  

Eligible applicants are current nonprofit organizations serving residents of the county. Eligible projects must address the program’s goal and result in a positive, measurable outcome for 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; and
•    Serve people throughout the community.

Additionally, priority will be given to projects that will serve populations located within the county’s Equity Pilot Areas (Canby, Estacada and Milwaukie). 

For maps of the pilot areas, a link to the online application (available July 2), and all other grant information, visit our webpage.  

Organizations interested in being considered can apply from Monday, July 2, through Thursday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. 

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 and public may contact Board Assistant Caroline Hill at 503-655-8261.