State charitable-giving organization hands out more than $70,000 during quarterly meeting in AstoriaMore than $70,000 in grants to 10 local organizations were announced Wednesday at a reception for the Oregon Community Foundation at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Recipients include the Liberty Theater, Astoria School District and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association.

The state charitable-giving organization held its quarterly meeting in Astoria, touring some of the local attractions that have received foundation support in the past, including the Liberty, Astoria Column, Pioneer House shelter and the Maritime Museum.

"The Oregon Community Fund is so special to this area, it's hard to imagine," said local business owner Jon Englund, who joined the OCF board two years ago and hosted Wednesday's meeting.

The grants are:

$25,000 to Liberty Restoration, Inc. for the renovation of the historic theater;

$20,000 to the Astoria School District to aid the establishment of a school-based early childhood development center;

$10,000 to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association for the construction of the Fort-to-the-Sea Trail between Fort Clatsop and Sunset Beach;

$8,500 to Clatsop Community Action for a capacity-building project;

$5,000 to the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District Foundation to support a community scholarship fund for youth to attend day camp programs;

$1,000 to the Seaside Museum and Historical Society for the "Saltmakers Return" living history program;

$300 to Cannon Beach Elementary School for its "Art in the School" program;

$300 to the Fisher Poets Gathering 2005 event;

$300 to the Tillicum Foundation to support KMUN radio;

$250 to the Cannon Beach Library and Women's Club for general operating costs.

"You should be very proud of what is going on here in Clatsop County, and we're proud to help you out," said OCF board Chairman Ben Whiteley.

The local grants were among more than $4.8 million in grants and scholarships approved by the OCF board at its Wednesday meeting.

The foundation, celebrating its 30th year, manages $500 million in more than 1,000 individual philanthropic funds, including 11 set up specifically for Clatsop County. In the past two years, $534,598 has come to various groups and projects in the county.

"We have a strong record of involvement in this community over many years," said OCF President Greg Chaille.

Hal Snow, a board member of Liberty Restoration Inc., said even modest grants can have a big impact in a small community, pointing out that a $3,000 gift from the OCF helped launch the Warrenton soccer complex back in 1990.

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