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The Jefferson County Cultural Coalition is announcing the following projects have been awarded grants.

{filler:graphics-local-news-localnews.jpg}The Jefferson County Cultural Coalition is announcing the following projects have been awarded grants.

"We are excited over the new and innovative ideas from the community to enhance and promote culture, heritage and the humanities," said Lisbet Hornung, coalition secretary.

The awards include:

Black Butte School District: $415 to fund microphones for the community hall, enhancing performances in the Black Butte community, both through the public and the school.

Madras High School Key Club: $710 to fund "Showcasing Cultures" at the Saturday Market. The Key Club plans to offer activities on three different Saturdays highlighting different cultures in the community. The coalition is particularly excited that this is a youth-led project.

Jefferson County Library District: $650 to fund the Summer Reading Program at the Jefferson County Library, giving away books and promoting literacy through a variety of activities.

MountainStar: $400 to fund culturally diverse events for youths in the small parks in Culver and Metolius in the summer.

- SMART: $500 to fund the reading program for young children in Jefferson County, enhancing literacy through reading and book giveaways.

- Jefferson County Historical Society: $500 to help fund the third annual Threshing Bee in late summer.

- Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center: $2,255 to fund the First Foods Project. It is an exciting project about preserving the first foods of the area in digital and real format. It will be available to the public through the schools and the Extension service.

- Madras Saturday Market: $630 to fund equipment and assistance to make Madras Saturday Market more accessible to people offering services and information to the community.

Two additional projects were awarded funds, pending receipt of the signed contract and additional information requested.

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