How to Apply

All of Oregon’s qualified cultural nonprofits are eligible to apply for the Cultural Trust’s annual Cultural Development Grants.

Join the Oregon Cultural Trust at seven regional open houses this spring to learn about funding opportunities! The 2019 “Conversations with Funders & Partners” schedule is set- attendance is free and open to the public.  Public and private funders will host tables and offer resources to guide your search for support.

Interested in serving as a volunteer peer review panelist? Complete an interest form and submit it to aili.schreiner@oregon.gov, along with your resume, before March 31, 2019.

The FY2020 Cultural Development Grant Guidelines are posted here. Applications must be completed and submitted prior to 5 pm Friday, April 19, 2019.

The FY2020 Cultural Development Program will support projects taking place between August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020. First time grant seekers interested in applying for Cultural Trust grants are encouraged to attend the 2019 Conversation with Funders & Partners workshops and/or schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with Trust Manager Aili Schreiner (aili.schreiner@oregon.gov).

Program awards are made in four categories and are intended to fund arts, heritage, history, preservation and humanities programs.

Cultural Development Grants are for project activities that:

  • protect and stabilize Oregon’s cultural resources;
  • expand public awareness of, access to and participation in quality cultural experiences in Oregon;
  • ensure that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon’s communities and quality of life; and
  • build an understanding of the value and impact of culture to Oregonians.

The four program categories are:

  • Access: Make culture broadly available to Oregonians;
  • Preservation: Invest in Oregon’s cultural heritage by recovering, preserving and sharing historic assets and achievements;
  • Creativity: Create and/or present cultural or scholarly work; Support the development of artists, cultural experts, or scholars who promote culture as a core part of vibrant communities; and
  • Capacity: Strengthen cultural organizations to increase stability, improve sustainability, or measure/share cultural impacts.

In considering funding requests, the Cultural Trust seeks proposals that will expand the public benefit of Oregon’s culture through:

  • positive impact on, or improvement of, cultural resources and activities and the expansion of public and private support for culture;
  • preservation of the past or investing in the future, by commissioning new work that continues Oregon’s strong artistic, literary and humanistic presence;
  • enhancing cultural opportunity and understanding by creating or sustaining model programs that can be replicated elsewhere; and
  • by creating opportunity for every community to invest further in its culture, stimulating new ventures that could not be tried without Trust help.

The Trust’s two non-competitive grant programs fund the Trust’s five statewide Cultural Partners and 45 County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions.

Have questions? Contact Aili Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or 503.986.0089. You may schedule a 30 minute consultation before April 1; draft applications will receive feedback if received prior to March 31, 2019.

FY2020 Organizational & Professional Development Grants

The Organizational & Professional Development Grant Program is an opportunity available to cultural nonprofits in Oregon as well as Cultural Trust County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions and their members. Applying organizations must have an annual operating budget of under $1 million. Rolling Deadline July 1, 2019 – May 30, 2020. 

Funded by the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Cultural Partners, this pilot grant program will support activities taking place between August 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This program has two categories:
Organizational Development – maximum request $2,000
Professional Development – maximum request $750

FY2020 Cultural Coalition Grants

FY2020 Cultural Coalition Grants will be awarded in August, 2019.

Cultural Coalitions may now submit their FY2020 Contact Form to cultural.trust@oregon.gov. Please include as attachments:

  • Updated Board Roster: Include names and contact information
  • Grant Guidelines & Application: Have you updated your grant guidelines or application since last year? If yes, please attach your new versions (PDF format)
  • Cultural Plan: Have you updated your Cultural Plan? If yes, please attach your updated plan (PDF format). For tribal coalitions, your Cultural Resource Department Plan can be submitted instead.

Questions? Please contact Kat.Bell@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0082 or Aili.Schreiner@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0089.

FY18 Cultural Participation Final Grant Reports

Final grant reports for FY18 Cultural Participation grants for County and Tribal Coalitions must be submitted by February 28, 2019. The final report form is a fillable PDF.

FY18 Cultural Participation (Coalition) Grant Report Form

FY18 Cultural Participation (Coalition) Sub-Grant Forms

Please submit your completed form and send to: cultural.trust@oregon.gov. Questions? Call us at (503) 986-0082.

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