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City gives out $43,340 in funds to local projects, including Latino Network and Beyond Black CDC

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association was one of the groups that received grant money funded by a program through Metro Regional Government. The city of Gresham has allocated $43,340 in grants to nine community organizations for an array of projects including youth dance programs, mobile gardens and community gatherings.

The grants are funded by a portion of Metro Regional Government's solid waste tipping fees generated at transfer facilities within Gresham. Metro disperses the funds to cities, which then awards grants through a local advisory committee comprised of residents and elected officials.

Funding was given to the following Gresham groups:

-- $7,500 to Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association for internet hardware upgrades at Main City Park

-- $6,840 to Latino Network to provide scholarships for youth in their "Ballet Folklorico Corazones Alegres" dance program

-- $6,000 to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for their Second Home program connecting homeless youth with stable housing

-- $5,500 to Beyond Black CDC for phase II of their Community Mobile Garden Box Project for youth and families

-- $5,000 to West Gresham Parent Teacher Club for a West Gresham Elementary "Remembrance Book" and event celebrating 97 years of history

-- $4,000 to Gresham United Methodist Ministries for a community mural at the Rockwood Center

-- $3,500 to Sandy River Watershed Council for an Earth Day service-learning cleanup project along Beaver Creek in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College

-- $3,000 to Sam Barlow High School Alumni Association for the "Hit the Barlow Trail 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run"

n $2,000 to Meadows Parent Teacher Organization for the Meadows Elementary School Courtyard Gardens Project

The grant cycle will open again in fall 2020. For more information about the grants, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Community-Enhancement-Grants


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