In April, the City of Wilsonville awarded grants for two programs.
The City of Wilsonville Tourism Promotion Committee awarded $20,000 in Clackamas County Tourism "Community Partnership Program" grants to fund three local projects. The funded proposals include:
¦ World of Speed Motorsports Museum: American Muscle Cars Exhibit out-of-area marketing campaign targeted to visitors from Southern Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Northern California, and British Columbia — $10,000
¦ Willamette United Football Club: Mt. Hood Challenge Soccer Tournament social media marketing campaign promoting local businesses and attractions to 7,000 to 10,000 players and their families attending from Western states, including Washington, California, Idaho, Montana — $8,000
¦ Farmlandia Farm Loop: Production of durable farm-locator roadside signage as part of the Oregon Farm Loop marketing campaign — $2,000
The purpose of the County grant program is to increase the numbers of tourist visitors and increase the economic impact of tourism in Wilsonville and in Clackamas County. Other objectives of the program include: increasing overnight lodging stays in Clackamas County; bringing visitors into communities from greater than 50 miles away to shop, dine, recreate, attend arts or cultural offerings, or visit heritage sites; and enticing visitors to "linger longer."
And City of Wilsonville's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board awarded grants to support community programs with funding from the City's Opportunity Grant program. In all, four different local organizations were awarded $11,380 in grants:
¦ WilsonvilleStage-Purchase of new lighting and sound equipment — $7,000
¦ Trillium Creek Training and Rehab-T-Shirts and a Toilet — $2,630
¦ WLWV School District: Five Wilsonville Robotics Scholarships — $1,000
¦ Wilsonville Pickleball Club-Tournament related expenses — $750
The Opportunity Grant program is funded by the City's general fund to assist local individuals and organizations that further educational or artistic opportunities; encourage and foster diversity; foster advances in education, art or community leadership; or involve youth or elderly population in community activities. A total of $25,000 is made available each year, with deadlines in October and March.