Oregon City to distribute $200K from Metro enhancement fund
Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, for a total of $200,000, with a maximum up to $50,000 per award, for a wide variety of possible projects aiming to enhance Oregon City.
Oregon City and Metro have an intergovernmental agreement to fund the annual Community Enhancement Grant Program through a $1-per-ton surcharge collected at the Metro South Transfer Station on Washington Street.
Grants through the program are often designed to offset the issues of having a regional garbage/recycling transferring facility in Oregon City by encouraging projects that increase the area's cleanliness, its reuse/recycling and attractiveness. Other types of potential projects eligible for these grants could enhance the city's parks, wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands or marine areas. Increasing art and cultural opportunities within the city, improving public safety or creating economic potential are other criteria for awarding these grants.
Projects must be completed between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.
Applicants now have a point of contact for these types of grants in Ann Griffin, Oregon City's new economic development coordinator, who started in the role on Feb. 24. Griffin has approximately 20 years of experience as a community and economic development professional.
Griffin's professional focus has been on supporting sustainable neighborhood revitalization, community engagement and small businesses/nonprofits through a variety of organizations including Prosper Portland, Earth Advantage, the Lloyd EcoDistrict and Alberta Main Street.
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