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Benton County Cultural Coalition (BCCC) Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for
Programs Related to the Arts, Heritage, and Culture

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

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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to promote art, heritage, and culture in the community. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Program areas may include increasing access to culture, preservation of historic buildings, educational programs for adults and seniors, cultural tourism, public art, youth, and economic development. All applicants must be from Benton County. All grant-funded events and programs must take place in Benton County.

Funding Priorities:

  • The Foundation seeks to fund a balance of rural and urban applicants as well as a balance of art, heritage and cultural projects each grant cycle.
  • The Foundation appreciates 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/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. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148618

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Term of Contract:

Grant projects must complete during the calendar year for which they are funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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

First time applicants must e-mail a copy of their 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination by 11:59pm on September 10, in order for their Letter of Intent application to be complete.

Contact Information:

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

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Benton County Cultural Coalition
PO Box 1504
Philomath, OR 97370

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USA: Oregon: Benton County

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