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Press Release - July 7, 2021

For Immediate Release:  July 7, 2021

Frank Stratton, Executive Director
800-285-5461 |

Special Districts in Oregon Awarded Over $65,000 in Grant Funding

College-level students across the state will have more opportunities in securing summer internships with Oregon’s local governments this year with over $65,000 in matching internship grants awarded to 23 special districts from Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO).

Essential and critical to Oregon’s communities, special districts deliver much-needed services to their communities while also supporting their local workforce. In addition, many districts offer summer internships to college-level students in their area who are seeking to learn more about local government careers. SDAO recognizes and supports these efforts by providing matching grants through the SDAO Internship Grant Program.

To be considered for a matching grant, 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:

DistrictGrant Amount
Basin Transit District$3,000
Brownsville RFPD$1,500
Deschutes SWCD$3,000
Halsey-Shedd RFPD$1,500
Harrisburg Fire and Rescue$3,000
Junction City RFPD$3,000
Klamath Irrigation District$3,000
La Pine RFPD$3,000
McKenzie Fire and Rescue$3,000
North Unit Irrigation District$3,000
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay$3,000
Pilot Rock Fire District$3,000
Pleasant Hill/Goshen Fire District$2,973.84
Port of Cascade Locks$3,000
Port of Hood River$3,000
Scio RFPD$3,000
Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District$3,000
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District$3,000
Umatilla County Fire District #1$3,000
Umatilla RFPD$3,000
Turner Fire District$3,000
West Multnomah SWCD$3,000
Wiard Memorial Park District$3,000

Special Districts Association of Oregon represents over 920 special districts in the state of Oregon assisting them in providing cost-effective and efficient public services to the people of Oregon. For more information, please visit