Drive Oregon launches grant programs
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Jeff Allen, Drive Oregon's executive director, said the new grant programs are part of a push to make electric vehicle companies aware of the funding opportunities that are available to them.
Drive Oregon, a state-supported group set up to nurture the electric vehicle cluster, announced Monday the launch of two new grant programs.
The programs are designed to help companies in the industry attract outside funding.
The Grant Assistance Program will provide matching funds of up to $5,000 to help pay for proposal writing, review or development assistance for companies competing for grants from federal agencies and other sources.
A separate Matching Grant Program will direct grants of up to $50,000 to companies as a match to lure larger funding opportunities as many grant proposals require some local funding support to land grants.
Jeff Allen, who was hired last November as Drive Oregon's first executive director, said the grant programs have a minimum of $125,000 to disperse — $100,000 for matching grants and $25,000 for the grant assistance program.
"If we have a really strong showing, we may be able to make additional funds available," he said.
Allen said that beyond these new grant programs, Drive Oregon's role is as much about educating its members about the funding sources available to them including federal grants for research and rural development.
"There are more (grant programs) than people are aware of," Allen said. "It's the most important service we can provide to educate them about the opportunities and how it might be a fit."
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