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Internship Grant Program

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The SDAO Internship Grant Program is available to SDAO members to assist in meeting or improving loss control and best practices, ultimately benefiting both the district and the intern. This grant is not intended to fund routine maintenance needs or normal staffing requirements, but to help with project needs.

Interns must be hired by the district as temporary employees to be in compliance with wage and hour laws relative to compensating student interns. A freshman through junior college-level student will need to be hired to qualify for funding of this grant. The maximum grant per district is $3,000; the funding must be matched by the district by 50%. For example, you may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 on your request for a project that will cost your district $6,000 or more. You may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $2,100 on your request for a project that will cost your district $4,200. SDAO may not fund all grant requests.

The 2021 Internship Grant Application Processes is now Open!
To be considered, your completed Internship Grant Program application must be received by SDAO by 5pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. Submit your completed application by mail to SDAO, PO Box 12613, Salem, Oregon 97309; by e-mail to; or by fax to 503-371-4781. Attach a separate sheet if necessary.

The SDAO Awards Committee will review each application to determine which projects are eligible to receive funding. Funds will be disbursed by July 1, 2021.

2021 Internship Grant Fund Flyer and Application.pdf


2020 Internship Grant Program Recipients
Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) awarded $40,290 in funding to 14 special districts in Oregon through its 2020 Internship Grant Program. These grants are used by award recipients to help fund district projects and provide local government work experience to college students.

Districts must submit applications outlining the details of their project, the benefits it will bring to the district, and how they will utilize a summer intern. The maximum grant is $3,000 and must be matched by the district at 50%. For example, a project that will cost $6,000 or more is eligible for a $3,000 grant. At the end of the summer, recipients must submit a project summary and receipts to SDAO.

All SDAO members were invited to apply. The following districts were selected:

Crescent RFPD - $3,000

Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District - $3,000

Harrisburg Fire & Rescue - $3,000

Junction City RFPD - $3,000

Keno Fire Protection District - $3,000

Klamath Irrigation District - $3,000

La Pine Rural Fire Protection District - $3,000

McKenzie Fire & Rescue - $3,000

North Morrow Vector Control District - $3,000

North Unit Irrigation District - $3,000

Pilot Rock Fire District - $3,000

Scio Fire District - $2,640

Silver Falls Library District - $1,650

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District - $3,000