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CCWC Community Cultural Participation (CCP) Grant

Grants to Oregon Arts Nonprofits, Schools, School Districts,
and Agencies for Community Arts Programming

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Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC)

Deadline Date:

12/11/20 11:59 PM


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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, Audience Building and Participation: Marketing and promotion
  2. Support Existing Cultural Organizations: Professional development and capacity building
  3. Increase Public Art Opportunities: Installations with high impact and/or educational purpose
  4. Support Cultural and Heritage Learning: Education and cultural learning programs/participation
  5. Increase Youth Access to the Arts: School-based arts and cultural opportunities and arts awareness 

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. Applications must clearly demonstrate how the proposed activity, event or communication will:

  1. Build awareness of the role and value of arts, heritage or humanities and increase public participation; or
  2. Support existing Washington County cultural organizations; or
  3. Support art activities or temporary/permanent installations with high public impact; or
  4. Celebrate the diversity of cultures and increase community awareness of heritage and history; or
  5. Promote youth access to the arts, heritage and humanities to enhance learning and healthy human development.

For examples of CCP grant proposals, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133088

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Level 1: up to $1000
- Level 2: up to $2000
- Level 3: up to $5,000 available only to a school district or a school district foundation

Term of Contract:

Funds Available: early February for use on 1/15/21 through 12/31/21 projects (note organizations with January 2021 projects may need to be prepared to cover costs until grant funds are distributed in early February).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Cultural Participation (CCP) Grant Program provides financial support for Washington County nonprofit arts, heritage and humanities organizations and activities.

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.

Level 1 Eligibility Criteria: Up to $1,000 CCP Grant
1. Be a “not-for-profit” 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 not-for-profit 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.
4. Provide CCWC with an Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can receive an EIN within minutes online at
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. If an organization received a CCP Grant in 2019, a final report for that grant must have been submitted on time prior to applying for a 2020 grant. If the activity has not yet been completed, please explain.
9. Applicants must provide an itemized list of revenue and expenditures for the proposed activity 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:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications online via Submittable by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020. Paper or late applications will not be accepted.

Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status by January 15, 2021.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Please mail copies of materials to:
Cultural Coalition of Washington County
c/o Jodi Nielsen, Program Coordinator
111 NE Lincoln St. MS-58, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Technical assistance with the grant application process, software issues, and status of grant funds distribution can be directed to RACC grant staff at: Estela Robinson, 503-823-5111,

For questions about the grant guidelines, organization or grant eligibility, contact the CCWC Chair Melissa Moore at or CCWC Program Coordinator Jodi Nielsen at

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