$1.5 million grant is huge surprise for Oregon Coast Community Action

KCBY, Dec 13, 2007

Plans to build a new Head Start facility and food warehouse are now more of a reality for Oregon Coast Community Action, who recently received some big news regarding one of their grant applications.

On November 30Th Grant Writer Margaret Barber and the rest of the ORCCA staff got word they had received a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Family Foundation to help fund two new facilities in Coos Bay.

“Originally we had asked for $525,000 for the warehouse and then, they(Ford Family Foundation) encouraged us to ask for another $500,000 for the Head Start building. When the final decision was made, we received even more exciting news, that the Head Start building would receive not only the $500,000 we asked for, but an additional $500,000,” says Barber.

While they were expecting a little over $1million to fund both projects, Barber says ORCCA never thought they would receive this much.

“We were astounded, to say the least. And just elated because this has been such a huge vision for us and we know that the need is so great.”

ORCCA now has $1.9 million of the $2.9 million needed to build the Head Start facility, which they hope to break ground on in a few months.

ORCCA is still raising funds for the food warehouse as well, which will be the second project to be completed.