The Beaverton City Council approved recommendations by the Social Services Funding Committee (SSFC) to award $311,500 in grants to 24 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, 32 organizations applied, requesting $503,492 in support.
The amount of funding for Funding Grants is calculated on a per capita basis, currently at $3.10 per capita. This is an increase from $2.75 per capita in fiscal year 2020-2021 (approximately $275,000). Prior to that increase, the funding had been set at $2.10 per capita (approximately $200,000) since fiscal year 2009-2010.
The SSFC has continued to hear from nonprofits about the great need in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and included questions about pandemic response and innovative services in this year’s application and process. Among the recipients of this year’s grants are three organizations funded for the first time through this process:
Beaverton Resource Center, which is a central hub for families and individuals experiencing poverty in Beaverton to find help from social service providers;
College Possible, which provides college access and success programming to historically underserved students at Aloha High School; and
Re-Inventing Social Enterprise, which provides rent/bill assistance, organizes mutual aid, and helps clients navigate institutions such as the Department Social Services Funding Grants Support Nonprofits of Human Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
For a complete list of grantees, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/socialservices. For questions about the grant process, contact Megan Cohen at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@BeavertonOregon.gov.