County allocates funds to social service organizations


NEWPORT — During its regular meeting on Monday, July 20, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved $206,000 for local nonprofits engaged in social services.

Each year, the county’s Nonprofit Social Service Agency Allocation Review Committee considers applications from local organizations seeking funding for work toward the public good. The board allocated $186,000 to such organizations in the 2020-21 budget, and on July 9, the review committee presented commissioners with their recommendations for who should receive that money.

Organizations that will benefit from the allocation include:

• Alsea Community Effort/Emergency Preparedness Council, $1,010.

• Beach Town Charities and Gift, $500. 

• Bright Horizons, $5,440. 

• CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties, $12,100.

• Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County, $9,600.

• Coastal Range Food Bank, $2,270. 

• Coastal Support Services, $12,300. 

• Family Promise of Lincoln County, $9,000. 

• Friends of Lincoln County Animals, $1,350. 

• Grace Wins Haven, $13,170.

• Habitat of Humanity of Lincoln County, $6,100.

• Head Start of Lincoln County, $8,000. 

• Legal Aid, $8,800.

• Lincoln County Dispute Resolution, $6,100.

• North End Senior Solutions, $7,040.

• Northwest Coastal Housing, $5,500.

• Oregon Cascades West Senior Services – Meals on Wheels, $13,000 and Senior Corps of Lincoln County, $9,660. 

• Samaritan House, $16,000. 

• South Lincoln Resources, $5,240. 

• Salvation Army Newport Corps, $7,780. 

• Toledo Food Share Pantry, $8,600.

• Waldport Moose Lodge #396, $1,400.

• Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program, $8,000.

• Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County, $7,520.

The committee also recommended $520 be allocated to Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, but the board decided that organization did not suit the typical purpose of the social service grants. Chair Kaety Jacobson said she’d left a message for the council’s director recommending they seek funding through an alternative county program.

Two organizations not on the list of recommendations were also awarded funds. County Counsel Wayne Belmont said requests from Centro de Ayuda and Food Share of Lincoln County were not considered by the committee due to hang-ups with the application process. Owing to their critical role in providing social services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the board elected to partially grant their funding requests, awarding $5,000 to Centro de Ayuda and $15,000 to the food pantry. Belmont said that money would not come from the $186,000 allocation but be found elsewhere in the budget. Payments to all organizations will be processed on a quarterly basis. 

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