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PUD seeks applicants for economic grants

Northern Wasco County PUD will accept applications for Economic Development grants until May 2 at 5 p.m.

Obtain applications by one of the following methods: visit the Northern Wasco County PUD Office, 2345 River Road, The Dalles; download from the PUD’s website: www.nwasco.com; or call the office and request that an application be faxed or mailed. Questions should be directed to Kathy McBride, (541) 298-3302.

At its May 27 meeting, the PUD board of directors will consider the requests received. Applicants must: document non-profit status; not be a religion-affiliated entity; and have not been funded more than twice in any five year period. Projects shall be for infrastructure or property with a life expectancy of at least five years and are located within the Northern Wasco County PUD service area.

The Board of Directors allocated $25,000 this year to help fund local economic development projects. No application can be for more than $10,000.

Applications must include a brief history of the requesting organization and description of project, including how the project will economically benefit the community, what steps are being taken to bring the project to successful completion, other community resources being used, and how the organization and project will contribute back to the community.

A detailed budget of the proposed project, including contributions and labor, must accompany the application, as well as proof of “not for profit” status. Grants awarded for projects not begun within one year of award, will be forfeited without special approval by the Board of Directors.

“The purpose of the grants is to promote economic growth and the expansion or addition of business within the PUD’s service area.” We feel that qualified projects that enhance economic development and growth also enhance the quality of life and spirit of all within our community, and that is something NWCPUD is proud to be a part of,” said Director Milt Skov.

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