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Press Release - Special Districts in Oregon Awarded Over $42,000 in Grant Funding

For Immediate Release:  May 9, 2022

Frank Stratton, Executive Director
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Special Districts in Oregon Awarded Over $42,000 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 $42,000 in matching internship grants awarded to 15 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
Clackamas River Water$1,600
Corbett Water District$3,000
Halsey-Shedd RFPD$1,500
Harrisburg Fire & Rescue$3,000
Jefferson Fire District$3,000
Lane Library District$3,000
Marion County Fire District #1$3,000
McKenzie Fire & Rescue$3,000
Multnomah County Drainage District #1$3,000
Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue$2,974
Springfield Utility Board$3,000
Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District$3,000
Umatilla County Fire District #1$3,000
West Extension Irrigation District$3,000
Willamalane Park & Recreation 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