Grants of up to $30,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, community service providers, government agencies, and special districts for events and projects that benefit eligible communities. Funding is intended to support projects that promote economic development, build critical infrastructure, and improve the quality of life for residents. Eligible events and capital projects will benefit the citizens of Gilliam County.
Allowable grant fund uses include:
Community Events: Examples of allowable uses of funds include, but are not limited to: advertising, venue rental, other event rentals, goods and services, event insurance, and entertainment.
Capital Projects: Examples of allowable uses of funds include, but are not limited to: purchasing property, preparing property for development, certain equipment purchases, supplies and materials, architectural/engineering services, planning and permitting costs, contractor and consultant costs.
Community Innovation Projects: Community Innovation Projects bring creative, new solutions to identified community challenges. These grants support unique projects that don’t fit neatly under the Community Events or Capital Projects categories, nor are eligible for Gilliam County’s other Competitive Grants Programs. Applicants may be eligible to apply for project funding for 1-3 grant cycles, at the County Court’s discretion, but must be able to (1) demonstrate the identified community challenge can be solved within 1-3 years, or (2) provide a plan for the project’s long-term financial sustainability without Gilliam County support.
To be eligible to apply for this grant funding the applicant must operate and/or provide services within Gilliam County and be one of the following:
- Non-Profit Organization
- Community Service Provider
- Government Agency
- Special Districts
Ineligible Entities include:
- For-Profit Businesses
- Faith Based Organizations
Grant funds may not be used for an applicant’s normal operational expenses.
Special Projects Grant Cycle: due by May 25, 2023 at 5:00pm
The Gilliam County Court will review the applications submitted in each funding pool during regularly scheduled and noticed meetings.
Applicants should view Gilliam County as a funding source of last resort. Applicants are expected to seek out and secure alternate funding from other sources prior to applying for this grant program.
Applications must show a minimum of 25% “match funding,” which is calculated as a percentage of the total project cost, from other sources. Match funding can be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions. Applications which demonstrate a higher percentage of match funding from other sources will be ranked higher in the review process.
There are currently two funding pools within the Special Projects Grant Program which are based on the geographic location of the project: the “North Gilliam County” and “South Gilliam County” pools. Applicants must specify which pool they wish their request to be considered in. Please contact the County Court’s Office for assistance determining the appropriate pool for your project prior to submitting your application.
Estimated Size of Grant
- Small Capital Projects: requests of $30,000 or less
- Community Innovation Projects: requests of $20,000 or less
- Community Events: requests of $7,500 or less