RUCH, Oregon -- A nonprofit dedicated to improving the Applegate Valley received a $225,000 grant for the next two years.
The development director for A Greater Applegate says the group wants to use the money to expand, and create professional networks for businesses, neighborhoods, artists and nonprofits.
"There's a lot of needs that need to be filled, and so to have an opportunity where people gather and get to know one another, create opportunities for collaboration has been really important," development director for A Greater Applegate, Brooke Nuckles Gentekos said.
Craig Hamm, the co-owner of the Ruch Country Store, used to be a board member for the nonprofit. He says he thinks this grant -- and the meetings that stem from it -- will benefit business owners like him.
"You can bring the community together and you can network and you can help develop the whole valley," Hamm said.
Gentekos says there hasn't been a network like this for the Applegate Valley. To get involved, click here.
to go," Gentekos said. "They can decide on how many times they will meet [and] what kind of projects they want to take on."
The grant comes from the Ford Family Foundation.