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Program funded by a $1-per-ton charge collected by Metro South Transfer Station on Washington Street

Oregon City and Metro officials are offering up to $50,000 per project designed to enhance the city.

With $350,000 to distribute this year, the program is funded by a $1-per-ton charge collected by Metro South Transfer Station on Washington Street. The Community Enhancement Grant Program is open to nonprofit organizations, schools or local government advisory committees interested in undertaking projects. Last year's grant winners provided Oregon City with streetlight art, wildflowers, heritage upgrades, clean streets, band instruments, park improvements, sports amenities and more.

Projects that meet the eligibility requirements must meet one or more of the following goals:

Result in significant improvement in the cleanliness of the city.

Increase reuse and recycling efforts or provide a reduction in solid waste.

Increase the attractiveness or market value of residential, commercial or industrial areas.

Result in rehabilitation or upgrade of real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.

Enhance new or existing wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands or marine areas, and/or improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them.

Preserve or increase recreational areas and programs within the city.

Improve safety within the city.

Increase employment or economic opportunities for city residents.

Provide work or training opportunities to benefit youth, seniors and low-income people or underserved population.

Enhance art and culture within the city.

Applications must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. May 17. Applicants will be required to attend the meeting at which the committee will review proposed projects at 5:30 p.m. June 13 at City Hall, 625 Center St.

Applications and information available at bit.ly/enhancementgrant.

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