Community grant program seeks applicants from local area

Pioneer Connect and The Foundation for Rural Service are teaming up to provide community grants up to $5,000 with the deadline to apply Sept. 1.

The program identifies and supports vital projects that build and sustain high quality of life in our communities from the Mid-Willamette Valley to the Central Oregon Coast. The four eligible categories include business and economic development, community development, education and telecommunications applications.

Applicants can submit grant requests ranging from $250 to $5,000. If selected, funding will come from The Foundation for Rural Service and Pioneer Connect, which will sponsor the application.

Applications must be received to Pioneer before 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. Winners will be announced late this year.

The program allows community projects to receive vital funding and appreciation on a national stage, especially as the pandemic has reshaped and altered day-to-day life, Pioneer Connect said in a press release.

“As communities in our service area strive for new growth and recovery, this opportunity has never been more important. We’re eager to give back to the area we have called home for 70-plus years — community has always been at the heart of our mission as a cooperative.”

For more information and to apply, go to pioneer.net/community-grant.

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