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Arts and Cultural Program to Promote Tourism Grant

Grants to Astoria, Oregon Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies
for Arts and Culture Programs to Enhance Local Tourism

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City of Astoria

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02/28/19 5:00 PM PST - Receipt


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Grants to Astoria, Oregon nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, business leagues or social clubs for arts and cultural programs to support local tourism. Funding is intended to support a wide variety of programs or events including drama; music; dance; painting; photography; creative writing and poetry; architecture and landscape design; sculpture; graphics; craft and folk art; film video; historical, heritage, and educational festivals and events or projects.

Funding must be used for promotion or production of an art or cultural event or project.

Applicant must demonstrate how this event will benefit the residents of Astoria and fulfill the purpose of tourism promotion. Oregon Revised Statute 320.300 describes (in part) acceptable uses of the Promote Astoria Fund as follows:

“Tourism promotion” means any of the following activities:
- Advertising, publicizing or distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists;
- Conducting strategic planning and research necessary to stimulate future tourism development;
- Operating tourism promotion agencies; and
- Marketing special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.

Priority will be given to events and projects that have the greatest impact within the city limits of Astoria and the immediate surrounding areas.

Consideration will be given for new or expanded projects or events.

Funds must be used for the purpose specified in the application and tied to promotion of specific and identifiable events.

Honorarium payments are limited to transportation costs and meals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143491

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Term of Contract:

Event or Project expenses must occur between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Funding is granted for no more than a one year period of time, per application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a nonprofit organization tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3), organized for charitable, educational, scientific, or literary purposes; or, under IRC 501(c)(4) as a civic league, or social welfare organization; or, under IRC 501(c)(6) as a Chamber of Commerce, business league, etc.; or, a social club, or fraternal organization under 501(c)(7), 501 (c) (8), or 501(c)(10). In addition, an organization may be a Federal, state, or local governmental unit. If tax-exempt under IRC 501 (c), the determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service is required to apply. If an applicant is not registered as one of the 501(c) designations above they may partner with another 501(c) registered organization which can serve as a sponsor, as long as the non-profit intent is maintained.

Event or project must be open to anyone who wishes to attend and cannot be discriminatory in any way (alcohol restrictions may apply).

The following are ineligible for funding:
- Events or projects that are primarily partisan or religious in nature;
- Facility development or items that are capital in nature;
- Elimination of prior debts or debt servicing;
- Fixed overhead costs (Example: calculating a portion of normal monthly rent for applicant and showing as an event/project cost. Holding the event should have no impact on on-going organization rent expense; however, if a separate space is rented specifically to hold the event – usually paid to an entity independent of normal rent or in an additional to normal rent – this expense is project/event related)
- Events/programs which do not promote Astoria tourism.
- Generally, expenditures not tied to promotion, marketing or production of the event or implementation of the project;

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by the end of business (5:00 PM PST) on February 28, 2019.

Applications and reports are to be filed with City of Astoria Finance Department.

A Subcommittee, of the Budget Committee, for the City of Astoria, will review grant applications the week of March 11 - 15, 2019 and put forward a recommendation to the City of Astoria Budget Committee for consideration. Please note at this stage these are recommendations and are not approved or final.

Budget Committee meetings will begin April 23, 2019. After budget review and approval, the budget (which includes grant awards) will be presented to City Council, prior to June 30, 2019, for adoption. After budget adoption, grant award information will be provided to each requesting agency.

Special consideration will be given to funding matched by other grantors.

Contact Information:

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

Required information may be dropped off at City Hall, mailed to 1095 Duane St, Astoria, Oregon 97103 or sent in PDF format to

Please contact Susan Brooks at (503) 298-2433 or if you require additional information.

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