The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners announced that grant applications are now available for local community and economic development projects. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. A total of $130,000 is currently available in this fund.

This year, the county commissioners made changes to the grant to coincide with the economic development listening sessions that recently took place throughout the county. As a result, $60,000 of the total monies will be awarded to a single larger project aimed at broadband, child care, and/or housing and will be subject to external review. The remainder of the fund ($70,000) will be allocated to smaller projects, specifically those that illustrate project sustainability and leveraging of funds.

The county seeks to allocate the funds to economic development projects, with a focus on job creation and/or retention, and to community development. The board of directors of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County will review and make recommendations to the board of commissioners regarding funding requests.

Applications are accepted from local governments and nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofits in Lincoln County. Projects recently approved include: city of Waldport’s Business Catalyst Center, Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce Targeted Support of Local Businesses, Oregon Coast Community College SBDC’s Virtual Welder program, Habitat for Humanity homes in Lincoln City, Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Outdoor Amphitheatre, Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, NESS NEMT Transportation, Port of Newport’s Phase II study of Rogue Seawall, City of Siletz’s Outdoor Sports Complex, and the Greater Toledo Pool Recreation District’s ADA door entrance operating system. Since the county commissioners initiated this program in 2001, more than $2.7 million has been awarded to local governments and community organizations.

The county commissioners encourage applicants to consider this program after they have sought other sources of funding. They 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.

To apply, visit https://lincoln.eformsolutions.com/landing/sign-in and select “create new account.” Applicants are encouraged from every geographical area of Lincoln County.

For more information, contact Kristi Peter at 541-265-4100 or kpeter@co.lincoln.or.us

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