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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Douglas County Commissioners Start Grant Program for Veteran Service Facilities

03-17-22 Veterans Service Facility Grant Program Application

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

TIM FREEMAN        CHRIS BOICE        TOM KRESS


For Immediate Release

March 17, 2022


Douglas County Commissioners Start Grant Program for Veteran Service Facilities


(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners, Tim Freeman, Chris Boice and Tom Kress are pleased to announce that they have created a special facility grant program for Veteran Service organizations.  The main purpose of this grant program is to improve the building and site facilities for veteran organizations in Douglas County.  Grant dollars from this program will be used exclusively for the restoration, repair and/or replacement of existing facility structures, including but not limited to: heating and cooling systems, electrical and plumbing systems, windows and doors, roofs, floors, walls, foundations and ADA compliance.   The grant program is open to any Veteran Service organization in Douglas County.  Applications will be reviewed by a grant review committee and grants will be awarded accordingly based on available budget and need.

A number of the facilities and buildings that house our local Veteran Service organization's are aging and in a state of disrepair.  These Veteran Service organizations are non-profit, and like many non-profits they struggle when large expenses occur, as they are already working with little to no budget.  This grant is not for staff, utilities or event sponsorships, it is strictly for maintenance for their facilities.  

"We rely on our local Veteran organizations quite extensively to get Veterans from all over the County to our Douglas County Veterans Service Office for assistance.  These organizations do a great job of helping with referrals and recommendations and are often the first point of contact for Veterans when they return home from military service or relocate to our area.  As the liaison Commissioner to the Douglas County Veteran Services Department, and an active supporter of our Veteran community, I have had the opportunity to visit these facilities quite frequently and have noticed first hand the challenges they face with building maintenance and repairs.   The importance of the programs they provide, along with the outreach and coordination with our County Veteran programs is a vital and necessary resource for our Veterans.  The new grant program will allow us to provide some assistance for those necessary facility maintenance projects," commented Commissioner Tim Freeman.    

The Commissioners Veteran Service Facility Grant Program application is available below or by downloading online at this link (https://douglascounty-oregon.us/DocumentCenter/View/21667/03-17-22-Veterans-Service-Facility-Grant-Program-Application), or by emailing a request to: boc.assistants@co.douglas.or.us or by picking up an application at the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Office located in Room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.  Applications are encouraged to attach photographs, brochures, design plans or additional project materials to the applications.  In order to be considered, applicants must submit a completed and signed application either via email to boc.assistants@co.douglas.or.us; or by the U.S. Mail service or by dropping it off in-person to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Office located in Room 217 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.   If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Douglas County Board of  Commissioners Office at (541) 440-4201.  

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