12 Community Organizations Receive Funding from TRT/Tourism Account

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Hermiston's annual Cinco de Mayo event received $9,750 to help fund next year's celebration. It was one of 12 proposals receiving grants from the city's TRT/Tourism reserve account. (NEONOW file photo)

The Hermiston City Council approved more than $96,000 in funding to 12 local organizations at its Monday meeting.

The funding comes from the city’s Transient Room Tax/Tourism reserve account. The Recreation Project Fund Advisory Committee met on June 18 to review the 12 proposals submitted for the 2024-25 allocation.

The committee recommended, and the council approved, funding for the following groups:

  • Hermiston Parks and Recreation – Requested $20,000 and received $13,000 for annual free community events
  • Cinco de Mayo – Requested $15,000 and received $9,750 for 2025 Cinco de Mayo event
  • Hermiston Basketball Club – Requested $10,000 and received $6,500 for tournament awards
  • Campus Life – Requested $5,000 and received $3,250 for a cargo trailer
  • Cultural Awareness Coalition – Requested $5,000 and received $3,250 for the 2025 Juneteenth celebration
  • Masonic Lodge – Requested $3,500 and received $2,275 to help with the Oregon Masonic celebration
  • Greater Hermiston Community Foundation – Requested $15,000 and received $9,750 for pickleball courts
  • Made to Thrive/HEROS – Requested $50,000 and received $32,500 for the HEROS Sports Complex
  • AYSO – Requested $5,393 and received $3,505 for equipment
  • Community Counseling Solutions – Requested $4,950 and received $3,218 for a summer skills group
  • Hermiston Downtown District – Requested $8,000 and received $5,200 for Melonfest
  • Hermiston Downtown District – Requested $7,150 and received $4,648 for downtown flowers

The groups asked for a combined total of $148,993 and received $96,845.

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