A student at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Portland experiences The Shadow Project’s first sensory library, supported by a Cultural Development Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Shadow Project helps connect students with tools that will help them succeed.

The application for 2018 Cultural Development Grants is now live. Updated guidelines are posted here and the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21. 

The grants represent one third of the funding the Trust provides for Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives.

Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four application categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. In 2016 a record number of cultural nonprofits received a record amount of grant funding. 2018 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2017 and July 30, 2018.

Trust Manager Aili Schreiner is available for scheduled grant conversations between now and the April 21 application deadline. Please email aili.schreiner@oregon.gov to schedule a call.