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Grants to Oregon Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies for Arts and Cultural Projects to Enhance Local Tourism

Arts and Cultural Program to Promote Tourism Grant

City of Astoria

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #143491

Grant Description

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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, civic leagues, social welfare organizations, chambers of commerce, and business leagues for arts and cultural programs. Funding is intended for events that will promote tourism to the area. Events must benefit the residents of Astoria and fulfill the purpose of tourism promotion.

The City of Astoria established the Arts and Cultural Program to Promote Tourism as a way to promote tourism in the City by funding art and cultural events and projects. Grant funding is provided through the Promote Astoria Fund which receives its funding from Transient Lodging taxes.

  • Funding must be used for promotion or production of an art or cultural event or project.
  • Art or cultural event or project is defined broadly to include music; drama; dance; creative writing and poetry; architecture and landscape design; painting; sculpture; photography; graphics; craft and folk art; film video; historical, heritage, and educational festivals and events or projects.
  • Applicant must demonstrate how this event will benefit the residents of Astoria and fulfill the purpose of tourism promotion. 
  • Priority will be given to events and projects that have the greatest impact within the city limits of Astoria and the immediate surrounding areas.
  • Special consideration will be given to funding matched by other grantors.
  • Consideration will be given for new or expanded projects or events.
  • Event or project must be open to anyone who wishes to attend and cannot be discriminatory in any way (alcohol restrictions may apply).
  • 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

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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.

The following are ineligible for funding:
o Events or projects that are primarily partisan or religious in nature;
o Facility development or items that are capital in nature;
o Elimination of prior debts or debt servicing;
o 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)
o Events/programs which do not promote Astoria tourism.
o Generally, expenditures not tied to promotion, marketing or production of the event or implementation of the project;

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due by end of business (5:00 PM PST) on February 28, 2022.
- A Subcommittee, of the Budget Committee, for the City of Astoria, will review grant applications the week of March 7 - 11, 2022 and put forward a recommendation to the City of Astoria Budget Committee for consideration.
- After budget review and approval, the budget (which includes grant awards) will be presented to City Council, prior to June 30, 2022, for adoption. After budget adoption, grant award information will be provided to each requesting agency.

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Term of Contract:

Funding is granted for no more than a one year period of time, per application. Event or Project expenses must occur between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Applications may be dropped off at City Hall or placed in the drop box in front of City Hall, mailed to 1095 Duane St, Astoria, Oregon 97103 or sent in PDF format to Questions may be directed to Susan Brooks via e-mail at

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

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