Several local organizations received grant funding through two different state agencies

by: JASON CHANEY - Jeremy Green  (RIGHT) receives a check for After the Bell from Crook County Cultural Coalition board member, Lyle Andrews (LEFT).

As the year draws to a close, several local nonprofit organizations have benefited from the benevolence of state-level groups.

The Oregon Cultural Trust provided the Crook County Cultural Coalition with $14,300 to disperse to several local entities, while the Oregon Community Foundation awarded $13,300 to St. Vincent de Paul of Crook County.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) selects grant recipients based on the strength of applicant organization and its local support. The grant must also serve a significant community need.

St. Vincent de Paul was the lone Crook County recipient of an Oregon Community Foundation grant, but the grant will enable the nonprofit to help many people in the community.

“It (the grant) was to provide repairs and maintenance for our transportation fleet,” said St. Vincent de Paul board member Glen Larson. “We have one truck that has not been serviceable for probably two years. It was the largest truck that we had, and it needed a new engine.”

The grant will also help them maintain two other vehicles that the organization uses for local food pick-ups and deliveries.

In addition to supplying food to Crook County families in need, St. Vincent de Paul makes regular trips to Burns, John Day, and Bend to collect recycling, which Larson says helps the nonprofit as well as the destination communities.

“This organization is a valued partner in alleviating the effects of poverty in the region,” said Joan Vallejo, OCF communications director. “This is an organization with a lean budget serving a community with few resources where modest funding will have big impact.”

The Cultural Coalition provided funds to seven different organizations including the Crook County Garden Club, Crook County Foundation for its Picnic in the Park series, and Crook County After the Bell, an afterschool program for students kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Without these types of community support, our program wouldn’t be available, the opportunities would be less, and we wouldn’t be able to serve the amount of kids that we do,” said After the Bell Director Jeremy Green.

The Cultural Coalition began accepting applicants for grants in September. They award the grants to groups that support the arts and music, and this year, they providing funding to each applicant.

“We enjoy doing this for them,” said Coalition Board Chair Tom Jay. “It’s an honor to help these groups out. The fun part is getting to see what they do (with the money).”

Green was similarly honored to receive the grant, and plans to use the funding to help After the Bell support activities that further the Coalition’s objectives.

“We use these funds specifically to create programs that focus on the arts and heritage of Crook County,” he said. “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Crook County Cultural Coalition,”

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