The Open Arms Playgroup was started with mini-grant money and a collaborative effort between NWDSA and parents. It is now a popular monthly event in Portland and Vancouver.

Mini Grants are small pots of money made available by the NWDSA Board of Directors to community members interested in starting a new project. Open Arms Playgroup, Club Upside and the Hispanic Leadership program were all launched with Mini Grant money. In each of these situations, parents came to the Board with a proposal, which was considered in light of the NWDSA mission and values, as well as the current work plan and organizational capacity. If you are interested in learning more about the mini grant program, or have an idea to discuss, please give us a call at (503) 238-0522 and we can share more information.

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