The Beaverton City Council approved recommendations by the Social Services Funding Committee to award $272,500 in grants to 18 organizations for their work to address social service needs in Beaverton. Applicants had to demonstrate how their work responds to priority needs including homelessness/housing, affordable afterschool and educational programming, and health. In total, 37 organizations applied, requesting $561,605 in support.
This year, the committee asked additional questions regarding essential services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic and extra measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease. They conducted interviews with first-time applicants via Zoom. Among the recipients of this year’s grants are six organizations funded for the first time through this process: Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, Murray Hills Christian Church, and Waste not Food Taxi for hunger relief services; Bridges to Change to support an outreach team resourcing individuals struggling with mental health and addiction; Lines for Life for a peer-to-peer crisis line; and Transcending Hope to provide recovery housing. For a complete list of grantees, visit http://www.BeavertonOregon.gov/socialservices. For questions about the grants process, contact Megan Cohen at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.