A new Metro fund is aiming to support Oregon nonprofits that provide public health, economic, housing, food security or educational services.
The Metro Council COVID-19 Community Support Fund replaces the Metro Council’s traditional sponsorship program, which historically supported community partners related to Metro’s core business.
The retooled program will offer up to $34,000 in grants, with individual awards ranging up to $2,500.
“We have to be responsive to the community’s most pressing needs right now,” said Deputy Metro Council President Juan Carlos González. “Since March, so much has changed, and the region’s nonprofits need help.”
Funds will be distributed to applicants who provide services within the Metro region, and funds will be balanced between the three counties within Metro. The program will prioritize non-profits that serve high-risk/vulnerable populations and advance opportunities and support for communities of color.
Applicants must have 501(c)3 status and provide direct services related to:
- Food stability for the most vulnerable
- Housing stability and support (rent assistance, utility assistance)
- Homeless services
- Employment counseling and aid
- Small business economic recovery support
- Educational support for young students.
Applications for the program open Friday and are due Oct. 15.
Learn more about Metro sponsorships