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Clackamas board OKs $250,000 for 40 community grants
Potential controversy over Pregnancy Care Centers grant is sidetracked.
Clackamas County commissioners have approved a total of $250,000 for 40 small grants to community organizations for work to avert such problems as homelessness and hunger.
But as they did so Tuesday (Oct. 4), they also sidetracked a potential controversy entanglement on the issue of abortion by redirecting $1,200 to another organization already recommended for a grant.
This (program) was never meant to be controversial, Commissioner Jim Bernard said. This was to be the easiest thing we did.
This year was the eighth in which the county budget has set aside money for community grants. The 40 recipients were recommended from among 69 applicants who sought a total of $711,084, almost three times the amount available.
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