Border board distributes more grant money for local needs in Malheur County

Tiffany Cruickshank, board board chair, said the latest batch of grants to businesses and agencies is needed more than ever because of the Covid pandemic. (The Enterprise/file)

ONTARIO – More child care could be coming and Ontario’s airport will advance major planning as the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board awarded $350,000 in grants to Malheur County government agencies and private businesses.

“With the current pandemic situation, our communities and businesses are struggling more than ever so we are excited to offer these opportunities,” said Tiffany Cruickshank, border board chair.

In this round of funding, the board awarded $100,000 to Wiggles & Giggles, a new childcare center in Ontario.

The Wiggles & Giggles grant is “earmarked for projects that remove barriers to getting a ready and able workforce into steady jobs, such . . .