Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for arts, culture, and heritage projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. 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.
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.
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.
Improve or Preserve Structures. Projects that preserve or improve a structure i.e.: a storefront, school, historic bank, heritage site.
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.
Public Art. Projects that seek to place art in public and community environments.
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.
Stories/Oral Traditions. Programs with the main goal of sharing stories in the oral tradition.
Cultural Tourism. Projects and events that promote cultural tourism.
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.
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.
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.
Complete the on-line Application form and submit it between October 1 and 11:59pm on October 31.
- Grant Writing Workshop and Networking Event: mid-September
- 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 October 31, in order for their application to be complete.
Term of Contract
Grant projects must be completed during the calendar year for which they are funded.