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Program will provide funding to organizations serving Clackamas County's at-risk residents for 12th straight year

COURTESY PHOTO - Rotary Club members Renee Taylor and Kathy Harrison gave away coats to families at Lot Whitcomb Elementary, partnering with Clackamas Service Center.A program will provide $250,000 in funding to organizations serving Clackamas County's most at-risk residents for the 12th straight year.

On Thursday, July 1, applications opened for the Board of County Commissioners' Small Grants Program, which is designed to support local nonprofit organizations that serve at-risk populations within Clackamas County.

County commissioners said that priority will be given to groups that serve designated Community Prosperity Collaborative areas in the county (North Clackamas, Estacada, Canby) and communities of color, as well as groups serving communities impacted by COVID-19.

Grantees will be announced in October, and will be required to show proof of how the money was used, as well as performance measures showing the community impact that resulted from the grant.COURTESY PHOTO - Clackamas Federal Credit Union volunteers joined staff from Clackamas Service Center to distribute food boxes in Oak Grove in 2020.

Established in 2009 to strengthen economy and keep at-risk residents safe and healthy, the program provided 38 groups grants last year out of 78 applications. A full list of selected groups is available here.

Grants last year included $10,000 awarded to Bridging Cultures, an organization that serves meals to those in need; $8,500 to Clackamas Service Center, a community center providing food and health resources; and $5,500 to Living Islands, a group supporting Pacific Islander communities.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 23. To find a link to the online application, maps of Community Prosperity areas, or to learn more information about the program, visit clackamas.us/bcc/smallgrants.html.


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