Grants through City of Lake Oswego still available until Feb. 17
It's not too late to fill out an application for one of the grant opportunities the City of Lake Oswego offers. While deadlines for most of the grants for 2020-21 have come to a close, the Tourism Grant and Municipal Grant programs are still available.
Every year, the City offers community members, local organizations and neighborhood organizations opportunities to receive funding for various projects and events.
"Both grants allow us to essentially work with nonprofits to accomplish things the City by itself might not be able to accomplish," said City Manager Martha Bennett.
The Tourism Grant, which was created in 2017 by the Tourism Advisory Committee, supports any project or event that promotes tourism and draws people into the city.
Funding for the grants comes from the local 6% transient lodging tax, 1.4% of which is required to be used for tourism promotion — think advertising, strategic planning and marketing events — or facilities.
"Projects contained within existing city master plans, capital budgets or city council goals will be given priority," the City's website reads.
Last year the Tourism Grant awarded $42,000 to recipients including the Heritage House for the Car and Boat Show, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for a video promoting local businesses and the Lake Oswego Wine Walk event (which is also put on by the chamber).
The grant amounts vary based on who applies and the requested amount from each organization.
The maximum grant that will be awarded to a single organization is $10,000 and Finance Director Shawn Cross said there will be a total of $32,000 in Tourism Grant funds that will be awarded for 2020-21.
Applications are due Monday, Feb. 17, and the Tourism Advisory Committee will review the applications and provide funding recommendations to the City Council.
Organizations will be notified this summer, mostly likely in July, according to Cross.
To apply, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/FormsLF/TGApp.
For nonprofit organizations and governmental entities that are seeking funding for special projects, services or cultural grants, the Municipal Grant — which has been in existence for more than 14 years — is available.
The special project grants are aimed at supporting, enhancing, and encouraging the economic or environmental preservation or enhancement of Lake Oswego, while the social services grants are generally awarded to a nonprofit that serves the social needs of community members and assists with their quality of life.
The cultural grants provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that work to improve the cultural experiences and lives of people within the community.
Last year, there was $35,000 divided among organizations including Clackamas Women's Services, Hunger Fighters, Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial and Lake Oswego School District Special Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC).
This year, Cross said there will be up to $55,000 awarded for municipal grants in 2020-21.
And just like the tourism grants, the amount will vary based on how many organizations apply and the amount of funds they are requesting.
Applications are also due Monday, Feb. 17. Recipients will be notified in spring and the funding will begin July 1.
The link for the application is https://bit.ly/3bu8Uj6 and it can be emailed to Cross or mailed to the City's finance department.
For more information on the grants, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/community/grants.
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