County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions

The coalition program – which receives 25 percent of the Trust’s grant money each year – allows Cultural Trust support to be deep – reaching every county in Oregon.

DOWNLOAD:  County & Tribal Cultural Coalition Contact Sheet


Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, each coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that address the needs of each county. Among these are Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, whose cultural contributions are integral to the region’s cultural vitality.

When you donate to the Trust, you support cultural funding in every Oregon county. Cultural Coalitions ensure that Cultural Trust dollars reach every county in Oregon. The coalitions have their own grant programs to address community needs and priorities. Their programs fund a broad range of cultural work including arts education, local history preservation projects, community theater and library programs for toddlers and elders.

With local autonomy, the coalitions involve the community in creating, sharing, documenting, celebrated and developing their cultural identity — a critical part of preserving our state’s cultural character.

Each coalition receives a base grant plus additional funds based on population. Without the Cultural Trust, many rural counties would have no access to state funding for culture.

Questions? Please contact or (503) 986-0082 or or (503) 986-0089.

Coronavirus Relief Fund for Cultural Support (CRFCS)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund. The State of Oregon has allocated $25,984,872 in CRF for Cultural Support (CRFCS) “for business, innovation and trade, for providing financial assistance to arts organizations and cultural and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

About the CRFCS Program

CRFCS Program Guidelines 

Application Deadline: 12 pm, August 24, 2020

Link to Online Application

Link to program orientation webinar co-hosted with the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

Covered Period: March 1 to December 30, 2020

Questions? Contact your regional program support staff.


Contact your County or Tribal Cultural Coalition: