Pamplin Media Group – COIC launches rural community development program

Works to identify community needs, develop a plan, and engage local people in the solution.


The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council has received funding from various local, federal, and foundation sources to support its ability to provide new and expanded community and economic development services to rural communities in central Oregon. COIC’s new rural community development program works with local leaders to identify community needs, build community consensus around a plan of action, build community capacity to participate, and catalyze community action in the community. benefit of all residents. Leveraging local funds, COIC was able to bring more than $ 100,000 in new funding to the region in 2019-2020 to support community projects in the six incorporated rural communities of central Oregon.

As part of the Rural Community Development program, COIC can offer a variety of support services to rural partners, including municipal and county governments, local non-profit and community groups, and other economic development organizations. These services include: facilitation of meetings and neutral convening, grant writing and project funding, strategic planning, project impact and evaluation, as well as community outreach and engagement, including assisting in the development of diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices, or DCI. COIC can also help connect rural partners with state-wide and regional organizations with expertise tailored to meet specific community needs. As part of this program in 2020, COIC is delighted to support the Madras and Prineville Downtown Associations, Culver City Strategic Plan, Metolius Community Vision, Sisters Country Vision and La Pine Parks and Recreation District, among others.

Development of CJOC’s Rural Community Strengthening Program began in 2017 with a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, which led to support from the Crook County Court and the Jefferson County Council of Commissioners, who each contributed $ 10,000 in early 2019. This local matching funding has proven to be critical to leveraging an additional $ 50,000 from the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative grant program. Along with the counties, the towns of Metolius and Sisters both contributed to the local twinning, helping CJOC demonstrate strong community buy-in to the program. This led to the development of a partnership with the Ford Family Foundation Institute for Community Building, which awarded CJOC a grant of $ 60,000 – including $ 20,000 in direct funding for local community projects – in the fall of 2019.

For more information on the Rural Community Building Program, or to discuss a local project that you think fits the program well, visit coic.org or email Janel Ruehl, program administrator, at This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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