County’s Small Grants Program awards $250K to serve vulnerable populations

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Clackamas County Commissioners have announced the recipient organizations of $250,000 for the 2020 Small Grants Program.

This is the 12th consecutive year Clackamas County has offered this critical program to help local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county.

As determined by commissioners, grant preference for organizations this year were provided to groups that:

  • Fill an unanticipated expense gap due to COVID-19; and/or 
  • Serve communities of color that are impacted by COVID-19, as those communities are have been especially impacted; and/or 
  • Serve the county’s designated Community Prosperity Collaborative areas; and 
  • Prioritize clear onetime expenses; and 
  • Encourage partnerships to increase community impact. 

Some of the recipients and projects include:

  • Clackamas Service Center ($8,500)
    Website enhancement to meet COVID-19 needs 
  • Living Islands ($5,500)
    Critical information generation for Pacific Islanders 
  • Bridging Cultures ($10,000)
    Truck acquisition to deliver food boxes 
  • Clackamas Fire District ($5,000)
    Paramedic needs for versatility/mobility services  

This year, 38 groups were selected for grants out of 78 applications. Organizations receiving grants are required to show how funds are used. This continual evaluation includes reviews of service levels and performance measures. A full list of those selected projects can be found at

More information is available online about the Small Grants Program.

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