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Cultural Opportunity Grant

Grants to Marion County, Oregon Nonprofits
for Cultural Awareness and Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Cultural Trust - Marion Cultural Development Corporation (MCDC)

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to Marion County, Oregon nonprofit organizations for cultural awareness and arts projects. Funding is intended to increase access to cultural resources, strengthen communities, and inspire youth to participate in creative expression activities. Program areas include visual arts, performance arts, narrative and literary arts, cultural tourism, heritage, history and natural history, and humanities.

Priority 1:
Increase access to and awareness of Marion County’s cultural assets and their value through increased public support and appreciation.

-Encourage information sharing, cooperative/coordinated advertising, and promotion of cultural events within Marion County.
-Encourage partnerships between local cultural groups and their parallel or allied organizations to share information, expertise, services, and strengthen programs.
-Fund projects that promote increased access to and awareness of Marion County cultural assets.

Priority 2:
Strengthen Communities by upholding diverse cultural traditions and the distinctive character of cities, small towns, and neighborhoods throughout Marion County.

-Promote mutual understanding among cultural groups by developing avenues of communication and information sharing.
-Raise pride in individual cultural identity by supporting festivals and other events that celebrate the county’s small towns and ethnic communities.
-Strive for participation in the mainstream cultural opportunities of Marion County by a more diverse segment of the population.
-Promote documentary projects, traveling exhibitions, and touring performances that focus diverse ethnic groups.
-Encourage cultural programs that reach rural Marion County communities.

Priority 3:
Inspire youth to engage in creative expression and heritage activities and support their efforts to develop cultural awareness and proficiency.

-Increase the number of youth participants in arts, heritage, and humanities programs both in and outside of the school setting.
-Support nonprofit cultural organizations that provide equitable opportunities to youth.
-Support nonprofit organizations that sponsor artist-in-residence programs, traveling performers, or heritage interpreters.

Grants are meant to support a project or event or to fund a part of an ongoing project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148632

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 - $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to incorporated nonprofit organizations qualifying as tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Unincorporated groups or individuals can apply if sponsored by a tax-exempt organization or local unit of government for the purposes of the grant proposal. Grant award funds will be made to the sponsoring tax-exempt organization. The sponsoring nonprofit must indicate that it has authorization to act as a fiscal agent. This may come in the form of a board resolution or motion stating that the organization is legally able to serve as the sponsor and identifying an authorized official. If the proposal is successfully funded, the sponsoring nonprofit official will sign the contract. Documentation outlining this relationship should be attached to the application or mailed to arrive by the grant deadline.

Applicant organizations must maintain their registered headquarters in Marion County. Awarded funds must primarily benefit Marion County residents.

MCDC is unable to supplant funding lost from school budgets, but groups concerned about lack of resources for cultural education are encouraged to partner with an existing 501(c)(3) sponsor or form their own.

As a general rule, grants will not be awarded directly to a commercial enterprise. Exceptions to the normal exclusion might include strategies for marketing commercial enterprises that are part of a larger cultural tourism proposal aimed at stimulating the economic vitality of a community or area within Marion County.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the Cultural Opportunity Grant is October 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Grants will only be accepted via the online process. Applicants that need special consideration may email the Foundation.

Successful grantees will be notified by December 1, 2018 with an award reception to be held January 8, 2019. Representation at this event is expected.

Applicants must show that they have matching funds (cash, in-kind or other funds) for the proposal, meaning MCDC funds should not be the sole support for the project.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Send an inquiry to MCDC:

Mailing address:
c/o Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments
100 High Street SE Suite #200
Salem, OR 97301

Brigid Zani, Chair

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Marion County