Small Grants Program applications open July 5; $250K slated for nonprofits serving vulnerable populations 

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The Board of County Commissioners’ Small Grants Program application process will open July 5. 

This marks the 14th consecutive year of the program, which is designed to assist local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county.

A total of $250,000 will be distributed. Last year, more than three dozen groups were selected to receive grants. In the past, groups receiving grants 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.

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to assist non-profit 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:

  • Serve the county’s identified higher needs areas (around North Clackamas, Canby, Estacada);
  • Prioritize clear onetime expenses;
  • Encourage partnerships to increase community impact; 
  • Address impacts of the pandemic; and
  • Serve underserved communities including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and other intersecting communities (LGBTQ+, people with disabilities). 

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. 

For more information, including a link to the online application (available July 5), a link to a Zoom application workshop and all other grant information, visit the Small Grants Program webpage at

Organizations interested in being considered can apply from July 5 through 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Recipient organizations are expected to be announced in September. Organizations receiving funding will be required to address the program’s goal and result in a positive, measurable outcome for Clackamas County residents.