Sequoia Consulting serves rural non-profits, jurisdictions, special districts and social enterprises.
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Sequoia currently leads several broadband initiatives across the state of Oregon. This includes a regional Broadband Action Team for Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties; facilitation of a state-wide Broadband Action Team leadership working group; and a state-wide broadband mapping effort under Link Oregon. Rachael Maddock-Hughes was also a member of the Oregon Broadband Office’s Technical Working Group in 2022 to help develop the rules and regulations that will oversee up to $800M of broadband funding for the state of Oregon.
Sequoia has worked with the City of Toledo, Oregon over the past two years to launch the Arts Revitalization of Toledo (ART) Initiative. This has included developing and managing three new programs, including a Mural Program, Phantom Gallery Program, and an annual summer event series called Art, Oysters and Brews.
Working with Oregon State University, Lincoln County, and the Economic Development Association of Lincoln County, Sequoia played a critical role in coalescing private, public and non-profit partners across the Oregon Coast under the Oregon Ocean Innovation Hub initiative. Sequoia led the efforts to create an ecosystem of programming focused on workforce development and innovation, and led fundraising efforts in securing $1M in federal earmarked funding for the project.
Sequoia Consulting has been working with The Ford Family Foundation over the past six months on projects aimed at helping rural communities secure more federal funding. This has included a report identifying barriers to federal funding and key recommendations on how to overcome these barriers; developing a federal grant readiness assessment; developing a streamlined economic development prospecting document; and creating a roster of federal grant writers in Oregon and around the U.S. who can support rural fundraising efforts. These tools can be found at https://oedd.org/.
Sequoia is currently managing a childcare fund for Benton County, Oregon. Working with partner United Way, Sequoia is distributing funding to local childcare and student programming organizations for low-to-moderate income individuals. Funding for this opportunity comes from Business Oregon Community Development Block Grants. Sequoia also managed a childcare fund for Lincoln County for both wildfire and COVID-19 impacted families in 2020/2021.
Sequoia Consulting has worked on various housing and homelessness projects, including: working with Northwest Coastal Housing to secure over $3M in funding for emergency housing for homeless communities through the Turnkey Program; and working with CHANCE and Albany Helping Hands to secure funding through the Special Emergency Solutions Grants Program funds.