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CCWC Community Cultural Participation (CCP) Grant

Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC)


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #133088

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon arts and humanities nonprofits, schools and school districts, and government agencies for community arts programming in eligible regions. Funding is intended for activities that promote youth access to the arts, encourage cultural diversity, support community partnerships, and advance cultural tourism. Eligible organizations are headquartered within Washington County and serve Washington County residents.

Applicants can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:

  1. Public Awareness and Participation - Build community through communication, audience development, and engagement.
  2. Support Cultural Organizations - Increase capacity, encourage professional development, and support adaptability.
  3. Increase Public Art and Performance Opportunities - Foster more impactful art, events, and cultural connections with increased accessibility for all.
  4. Support Diverse Cultural and Heritage Activities - Include cultural learning and cultural equity at the heart of the creative community.
  5. Increasing Access to Arts Education - Serve school-based arts and cultural opportunities and build arts awareness for youth, while encouraging life-long learning.

A strong grant application will explain how the grant addresses CCP priorities of:

  • Promoting cultural diversity
  • Developing community and/or cross-cultural partnerships
  • Providing matching-fund or cost-sharing opportunities
  • And/or promoting cultural tourism

Proposals in the CCP Grant Program should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization. 

Examples of CCP Grant Proposals include:

  • Expenses for events and activities accessible to the public: festivals, performances, workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibits, open studio tours and other activities which will clearly help enrich cultural participation within the county.
  • General promotional material that focuses on one or more of the previously mentioned five goals.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a clear distribution and/or marketing plan in proposals for promotional materials. (Promotional materials include the development of websites.)
  • Create and implement a cultural learning program.
  • Performances, demonstrations, or exhibits in schools.
  • Cross-cultural partnerships and collaborations, including work with the Washington County Visitors Association, or support for cultural tourism events or activities. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants with approved 2022 Cultural Coalition grant amendment waivers are eligible to apply for the 2023 grant cycle.

Level 1 Eligibility Criteria: Up to $1,000 CCP Grant
1. Be a nonprofit arts, humanities or heritage organization or be an educational institution or government agency with an arts, heritage or humanities mission. IRS 501(c)(3) status is not required. Applications from individuals or private businesses will not be accepted.
2. Applications from social service agencies or religious organizations will be accepted only if application is made in partnership with a nonprofit cultural organization for a joint project. Applicants must attach a letter from the partnering organization confirming their support for the project and outlining their role in the partnership
3. Be applying for an opportunity that specifically enhances Public Awareness and Participation, supports Existing Cultural Organizations, Increases Public Art Opportunities, supports Cultural and Heritage Learning, or increases Youth Access to the Arts (as described above).
4. Provide CCWC with an Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can receive an EIN within minutes online at http://www.irs.gov/.
5. Be headquartered within Washington County and serve Washington County residents. (Branch offices of organizations headquartered elsewhere are not eligible to apply.) Events or activities should take place in Washington County. Grants to organizations located in Washington County, such as schools, which take students or other members of the public to events located in another county, such as the opera, will be eligible for funding, provided there is no other identical alternative available in Washington County.
6. The CCWC considers individual schools within school districts as separate organizations and may apply individually for grants (does not have to be submitted by the district).
7. Applications will be accepted to support capital expenditures such as the acquisition of public art, museum exhibits or equipment, but may not be used for capital campaigns.
8. Grants will not fund purchases of equipment or clothing not critical to the organization’s mission or the project/event.
9. If an organization received a CCP Grant in 2022, a final report for that grant must have been submitted on time prior to applying for a 2023 grant. If the activity has not yet been completed, please explain in the application.
10. Applicants must provide an itemized list of revenue and expenditures for the proposed activity or event in the application.

Level 2 Eligibility Criteria: Up to $2,000 CCP Grant
1. Must meet the Level 1 criteria above.
2. An organization must have IRS 501(c)(3) status or be a governmental agency or a public school. (Upon request, a letter verifying status must be submitted).

Level 3 Eligibility Criteria: Up to $5,000 CCP Grant
1. Must meet Level 1 and Level 2 criteria above.
2. Applicant must be a Washington County Public School District, or Public School District Foundation 501(c)(3). The goal of Level 3 grants is to broaden the reach of arts and culture activities across a district.
3. Application must address arts or cultural learning at multiple schools within the district.

For a list of ineligible expenditures and applicants, see:
https://ccwashco.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/2023-CCWC-Grant-Guidelines-English.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant applications open September 19, 2022 and close on October 17, 2022. Applications must be submitted online by the posted deadline of Monday October 17, 2022 by 11:59 pm. Paper and late applications will not be accepted.
- Award Notifications will be provided by mid-January 2023.
- Funds will be issued early February 2023. Note: Organizations with January 2023 projects may need to be prepared to cover costs until grant funds are distributed.
- Final reports will be due no later than January 31, 2024.

An organization may apply for and receive only one grant per year. If a School District or School District Foundation applies for a Level 3 grant, an individual school within the same district (but not included in the Level 3 grant) may apply separately for a Level 1 or Level 2 grant.

FAQs: https://ccwashco.org/faqs/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Level 1: up to $,1000
- Level 2: up to $2,000
- Level 3: up to $5,000 available only to a school district or a school district foundation

Term of Contract:

- For projects anticipated to take place during January 15 – December 31, 2023.
- Funds will be issued early February 2022. Note: Organizations with January 2022 projects may
need to be prepared to cover costs until grant funds are distributed.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://ccwashco.org/grant-application/

Please mail copies of materials to:
Cultural Coalition of Washington County
PO Box 2017
Beaverton, OR 97075

Email digital copies to:
grants@ccwashco.org

Technical assistance with the grant application process, website issues, and questions about status of grant funding distribution can be directed to CCWC at the above email address.

Grant guidelines, organization or grant eligibility: Contact the CCWC at the above email address.

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