New Opportunities: Vehicle Wash Program and Community Economic Development Grant | News

As your People’s Utility District, we pride ourselves on giving back to people in our community. We offer two programs that put money directly into the hands of local non-profit groups.

Our vehicle wash program provides a fundraising opportunity for local non-profit groups. We offer community groups the opportunity to sign up to wash vehicles. Then, depending on the response we receive, we hold a draw each month from March to September to select two groups to wash vehicles at PUD.

Groups typically spend around 2-3 hours washing vehicles. In exchange, they receive $300.

It’s a win-win. In addition to keeping our vehicles clean, this gives church groups, youth sports teams, scout organizations and other groups the opportunity to work together towards a common goal of raising funds for their efforts.

Our first vehicle wash of the year is scheduled for March 12, and we already have two groups lined up for it.

If you know of a nonprofit that is looking for ways to raise funds, direct them to our website at Washes are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

Community Economic Development Grant

Our Community Economic Development grant program is for local not-for-profit entities. We offer grants of up to $5,000 for projects that promote economic development and improve the quality of life in our community.

We have budgeted enough to fund 10 full grants this year. They will be awarded twice a year, once in March and once in September. The first deadline to apply is February 28. Eligible applications will be submitted to our Board of Directors at their March meeting for evaluation.

The next deadline will be August 31 for consideration at the September Board meeting.

Grant amounts cannot exceed half of the total project cost and are capped at $5,000.

We awarded four full grants in 2021. They went to:

• The town of Scapoose for its centennial celebration

• The Rainier Historical Museum for the construction of the infrastructures of a museum in Rainier

• Keep It Local Columbia County to upgrade its website to support local businesses

• Port of Columbia County for its efforts to create an inventory of available industrial land in our area

Details of the grant program and application materials can be found on our website at

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