City of Hermiston Doles out More Than $27,000 in Grant Money


The Hermiston Recreation Project Advisory Committee awarded $27,525 in grants to five local organizations.

The grants come from the Transient Room Tax or TRT fund and represent about 15 percent of 5/8ths of the Transient Room Tax collected in the prior year.

The Hermiston City Council approved the grant selections during Monday night’s meeting.

The grant recipients are:

  • Hermiston Little League – $7,000 for restroom renovation
  • The Hermiston Downtown District – $6,875 to purchase flower pots
  • Hermiston Basketball Club – $5,000 to host a tournament
  • Campus Life – $5,000 to purchase rafts
  • Hermiston Youth Wrestling – $3,500 to put on a tournament

A sixth organization, Made to Thrive, was not among the five who received grant money from the Hermiston TRT fund, but was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation since its request met the foundation’s criteria.

The criteria for receiving a grant from the Hermiston TRT fund were:

  • Projects must be within the city of Hermiston.
  • Applicants must have a non-profit tax status.
  • Projects that benefit Hermiston through enhanced tourism, promotion, marketing, and lodging will be given highest consideration.
  • Projects that benefit the greatest number of participants will be given greater consideration.
  • Projects that represent a broad base of other support shall be given greater consideration.
  • Funded projects are required to submit a breakdown of expenditures on how the funds were spent including receipts prior to reimbursement.