A felting workshop at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, one of the many organizations that will qualify for Organizational and Professional Development Grants.

Grants designed to provide professional development resources to mid- and small-sized cultural organizations are now available through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Funded by the Cultural Trust through its five Statewide Partners, Organizational and Professional Development Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis through June 30 until a $40,000 budget is met. The maximum grant award is $2,000.

Open to all qualified cultural nonprofits and County Cultural Coalitions with budgets under $1 million, the grants are designed to support consulting or facilitation services and staff professional development opportunities.

“We believe these small grants can make a huge difference in empowering cultural groups across the state,” said Trust Manager Aili Schreiner. “Providing the resources for them to bring in a fundraising specialist or to attend a marketing conference, for instance, could deliver results way beyond the value of the grants.”

The new grant program is in direct response to feedback from cultural nonprofits and coalitions during statewide funding tours by the Cultural Trust and its Partners. The five Statewide Partners, which reflect the breadth of culture funded through the Trust, are the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.

Grant guidelines and the application are posted .

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