2015 Grants and Contracts

Addressing poverty by helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency means many things. For OIC, it means a focus on helping low-income people increase their skills, enhancing their ability to manage their assets, and supporting them in the process of moving up. We are able to accomplish our mission through six major divisions including: Community Services, Education and Employment Training, Emergency Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Financial Planning and Weatherization.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

Funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce

Provides core funding to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient. Funding provided increases the likelihood of success and self- sufficiency of the individuals and families we serve.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

A federal program administered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture

Supplements the diets of low-income residents including the elderly by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. In addition, OIC’s Food Bank is the central distribution agency for Yakima County, distributing food commodities to seven other food banks throughout Yakima Valley.

Henry Beauchamp Community Center (HBCC)

Funded by the City of Yakima & private donations & grants (formerly the Southeast Yakima Community Center)

Provides a variety of services aimed at fostering self-sufficiency and dignity for children, youth and families.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Funded by Washington State Department of Commerce, AVISTA, Cascade Natural Gas, Grant County, Pacific Power, and Big Bend Electric

Provides low-income households with assistance paying part oftheir energy bills. Provides financial assistance to households at or below the Federal Poverty Level to offset their winter heating bills in Adams, Grant and Yakima Counties. This program assists clients with various heating sources including electric, gas, oil, wood/pellet and propane.

The Prosperity Center

Funded by Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington Housing Finance Commission, Washington State Microenterprise Association, and Columbia Basin Foundation

Provides financial education and credit, housing and small business counseling in Grant and Adams counties.


Funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Energy Matchmakers, Health & Human Services, Pacific Power & Light, Bonneville Power Administration, and AVISTA

educes energy costs and ensures safe, warm and comfortable homes for low-income families. Improvements include adding insulation, sealing cracks and making other changes that reduce heat loss, saving clients on heating bills and making their home healthier.

Workforce Investment Opportunity Act 1B (WIOA)

Funded by South Central Workforce Development

Assists low-income youth ages 14 to 24 in improving academic performance, high school/GED completion, continuing education, and career exploration and training. WIOA prepares youth to either enter post-secondary education, training, or employment upon completion of their secondary education. Services include career awareness and exploration, work-based learning opportunities, academic preparation, GED assistance, and more.

Workforce Investment Opportunity Act 167 National Farmworkers Jobs Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Agency

Assists eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Washington State with services including job training, employability development assistance and other related assistance which support a farmworker and his/her family. Many ofthose served embark upon new careers including commercial truck driving, careers in the medical profession, office, and clerical work.

Posted February 14, 2017

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