The Deschutes County is seeking applications for its Discretionary Grant Program to assist eligible organizations with specific, short-term projects or activities which positively impact either a specific community within Deschutes County or the County at large.
Each of the three Deschutes County Commissioners may recommend approval of discretionary grants to qualified non-profit agencies for projects or activities that benefit the community. Discretionary grants are made available through the Video Lottery Fund, which is supported by state lottery proceeds.
A wide range of pursuits may be eligible for funding, including, but not limited to, job creation, education and training, social and human services, cultural tourism, and natural resource management. Deschutes County discourages requests for ongoing operational funding that cannot be sustained beyond the grant period.
- The amount of funding made available for discretionary grants is established on July 1, the beginning of the County’s fiscal year. While the Board of Commissioners strives to ensure that funds are available to award grants throughout the year, the program may be closed without notice if all available funds are expended prior to June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
- While there are no established minimum or maximum amounts for grant requests, most awards are between $1,000 and $2,000. Awards above $2,500 are uncommon.
- Applicants for Discretionary Grants must be non-profit organizations or publicly funded agencies that serve populations within Deschutes County.
- Although a 501(c)(3) classification is not required, applicants must be able to document their non-profit status. Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://www.deschutes.org/bcc/page/grant-opportunities