County to award $250K to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations

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


Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties


Clackamas County has announced that the application process for its Small Grants Program will open July 1. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Clackamas County offers this critical program designed to assist local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county.

A total of $250,000 will be distributed to local organizations. Last year, 53 groups were selected for grants ranging from $850 to nearly $15,000.

Groups serve populations such as seniors, veterans in need, families of cancer-stricken children, at-risk youth, the developmentally disabled, homeless persons, hungry persons, low-income individuals, and teen parents.

To be eligible for grants, organizations must show that programs can be self-supporting or that the grant is a one-time expense. Projects must help vulnerable persons meet their basic needs such as (but not limited to) food assistance and abuse prevention.

Early last year, the county produced a video detailing three previous award recipients and the impact of the grants. That video can be seen on YouTube.

Organizations interested in being considered can apply Friday, July 1, through Monday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. The online application form and more information about the Small Grants Program are available on the county's website. For additional information or inquiries, please contact Board Assistant Caroline Hill at 503-655-8261.

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