Wide range of community groups receive grants; WHS group Soul'd Out gets $9,900

The city of Wilsonville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has awarded grants to promote tourism and to support community programs with funding from the City’s Community Services Tourism Grant and Opportunity Grant programs.

In all, nine different local nonprofit organizations were awarded $47,250 in grants.

A total of five applications for the Tourism Grant program were received, with requests totaling $28,975. The following awards, totaling $25,000, were approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the March 13 meeting:

* Wilsonville Celebration Days for the Fun in the Park festival: $8,000

* Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council for the Wilsonville Festival of Arts: $5,000

* Wilsonville Rotary Club for the Summer Concert Series: $5,000

* Wilsonville Farmers Market to support the summer farmers’ market: $3,000

* Wilsonville Kiwanis Club for the Kids Fun Run: $4,000

The Tourism Grant program is funded by city hotel/motel tax revenues to support events that promote tourism and community activities that draw visitors, which helps to support local businesses.

On April 10, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the following Opportunity Grants:

* Wilsonville High School for touring of the “Soul’d Out” Choir: $9,900

* Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce for Winter Wonderland Event: $5,050

* Wilsonville Robotics Stewardship Group for general support: $5,000

* Trillium Creek Rehabilitation Coalition, horse-riding, equine therapy: $2,300

The Opportunity Grant program is funded by the city’s general fund to assist local individuals and organizations that further educational or artistic opportunities; encourage and foster diversity; foster advances in education, art or community leadership; or involve youth or elderly population in community activities. A total of $25,000 is made available each year, with two deadlines in October and March for $10,000 each and $5,000 as discretionary funds for smaller, time-sensitive applications.

For information about these grant awards and future funding opportunities, contact Brian Stevenson, recreation coordinator, at 503-570-1523; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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