The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that grant applications are now available for local community and economic development projects. The next deadline for applications Friday, November 1, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. A total of $100,000 is currently available in this fund. This year the Board directed that as a guide the County will seek to allocate two-thirds of the funds to economic development projects with a focus on job creation and/or retention and one-third to community development.
Applications are accepted from local governments and nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofit organizations in Lincoln County and are limited to a maximum of $15,000. Projects that have been recently approved include:
* Harbor Docks Electrical Improvements in Depoe Bay,
* Foundation and Floor Replacement for Coastal Range Food Bank,
* Funding for Home Builds #13 & 14 for Habitat for Humanity,
* Newport Community Garden Rainwater Collection Project for Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District,
* South Lincoln County Rural Tourism Project for Port of Alsea,
* Phase 1 of the Remodel and Expansion Project for Newport Performing Arts Center, * * * * Commercial Kitchen Project for Lincoln City Cultural Center, Community-focused Child Abuse Prevention Program for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County,
* Youth Sailing Floating Clubhouse through the Oregon Boating Foundation in Newport,
* Affordable Single Family Construction through the Lincoln Community Land Trust.
Feasibility studies and technical assistance for community or economic development projects may also be proposed. Since the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners initiated this program in 2001, over $1,797,000 has been awarded to local governments and community organizations.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners encourages applicants to consider this program after they have sought other sources of funding. The commissioners also encourage projects that have already raised some backing and need additional assistance for completion or to leverage other sources of financial support.
Lincoln County receives funds from the Oregon Lottery based on the play of video lottery in the county. The Board of Commissioners has elected to use this resource to help with local community and economic development projects through the Grant Program; support the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County and the Small Business Development Center through the Oregon Coast Community College; and provide low interest loans to small businesses through Cascades West Council of Governments.
Applicants are encouraged from every geographical area of Lincoln County. Applications are available online at www.co.lincoln.or.us or by calling Kim Herring at the Commissioner’s Office at 541-265-4100.