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Benton County Cultural Coalition (BCCC) Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Community Art, Heritage, and Cultural Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) - Benton County Cultural Coalition (BCCC)

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Deadline Date:

10/31/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects in the areas of heritage, art, and culture that benefit local communities. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Priorities include, but are not limited to, capacity building, historic preservation, public art, economic development, and youth-focused projects. Funded activities must benefit Benton County.

Funding Priorities:

The BCCC seeks to fund a balance of rural and urban applicants as well as a balance of art, heritage and cultural projects each grant cycle. They appreciate projects that are both accessible and visible to the general public as well as projects that build local capacity.


  1. Build Organization or Individual Capacity: Projects that strengthen the capacity of an organization or individual to do the work they do in art, heritage or humanities. This includes but is not limited to buying new equipment, purchasing uniforms, hiring an employee.
  2. Improve or Preserve Structures: Projects that preserve or improve a structure i.e.: a storefront, school, historic bank, heritage site.
  3. Increase Participation In and Access To Culture: Projects that increase participation and access to culture for all Oregonians. This includes but is not limited to increasing diversity of participants and/or creating plans that include all community members.
  4. Public Art. Projects that seek to place art in public and community environments.
  5. Lifelong Learning: Projects that target adults and senior citizens as program participants. This includes but is not limited to adult music programs, art, heritage or cultural programs for adults and senior citizens, etc.
  6. Stories/Oral Traditions: Programs with the main goal of sharing stories in the oral tradition.
  7. Cultural Tourism: Projects and events that promote cultural tourism.
  8. Youth: Any project that is youth related, specifically those for children in grades K-12. It may be partnering with or created by a school; however to be a youth-focused project, school affiliation is not required.
  9. Economic Development: Projects that seek to improve the economy of their community. This includes but is not limited to seeding organizations, encouraging investment in culture, main street projects, and preservation for the sake of increasing commercial traffic to area businesses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148618

Term of Contract:

Grant funds are distributed in January. Grant projects must be completed during the calendar year for which they are funded. Final Grant Reports are due 30 days after completion of the project or December 31st, whichever is earlier.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All applicants must be from Benton County, Oregon. All grant-funded events/programs must take place in Benton County, Oregon.
- Applicants must either provide proof of their 501(c)(3) non-profit status or, if they are an individual or for-profit organization, they must declare and identify a 501(c)(3) fiscal non-profit sponsor.
- If a project involves public art, signage or other construction, the applicant must document approval of the organization which governs the site prior to application for BCCC funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant-writing workshop/networking event:
For invited applicants, the grant writing process is discussed in detail and questions are answered. Those who have been invited to submit a grant application share their project ideas. This annual event takes place in early October. It usually lasts about an hour and is typically held at the Benton County Historical Museum.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle Timeline:

- Letters of Intent Due: August 1 – September 10
- Grant Writing Workshop and Networking Event: Early October
- Grant Application Form Due: Deadline October 31
- Notification of Grant Awards: First week of December
- Signed Grant Agreements Due: December 15
- Checks Distributed: Early January
- Final Grant Reports due 30 days after project completion
- Modifications to an approved project, including budgeted expenses, timeline, or activities specified in the approved BCCC Grant Application, must be requested by filing an Interim Report.
- Any unused BCCC funds must be returned, by check payable to the Benton County Cultural Coalition, within 30 days of the approved grant completion date.

How to Apply:
- Complete the on-line Letter of Intent (LOI) form and submit it between August 1 and 11:59 pm on September 10. Note: First time applicants must e-mail a copy of their 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination to by 11:59 PM on September 10, in order for their Letter of Intent application to be complete.
- Projects which best meet BCCC guidelines, including priorities and benchmarks, will be invited to submit a Grant Application between October 1 and October 31.

Grant Application Form:

Letter of Intent Form:

Contact Information:

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

For questions, please email
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PO Box 1504
Philomath, OR 97370

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Benton County

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