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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Conserve and Develop Cultural Heritage Resources


Geographic Focus

USA: Oregon

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Oregon Heritage Grant Program

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #150610

Grant Description

Grants of up to $20,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, local and tribal governments, and universities and colleges for projects that conserve and develop the state's cultural resources. Funding is intended to support a wide range of projects, including events, exhibitions, public education, archiving, preservation, and planning. Priority will be
given to projects that preserve, develop, or interpret threatened heritage resources and/or heritage resources of statewide significance.

The grant may fund a broad variety of projects including, but not limited to collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films theatrical performances, teaching traditional practices, public history interpretation, organizational planning that supports heritage resources, and more. 


  • Projects that preserve or develop heritage resources that are threatened and/or are of statewide significance
  • Projects with a well-prioritized, clearly explained work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Projects that document, preserve, or interpret the history of voices previously marginalized or excluded. For example, this may include ethnicities, races, genders, classes, etc.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in-hand. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
• A non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Oregon with a 501(c)(3) determination from the United States Internal Revenue Service and a legally-constituted board of trustees or directors;
• A tribal government of a Native American group recognized by the State of Oregon and the federal government and located in the State of Oregon;
• A university or college located in the State of Oregon; or
• A local government within the State of Oregon.

Ineligible Organizations:
• Individuals;
• Religious organizations;
• For-profit organizations such as partnerships, companies, and corporations;
• State agencies, except for state supported colleges and universities;
• School districts; and
• Federal agencies.

Due to the availability of other state funding for the preservation of historic structures, the Commission will not give priority for funding the preservation of historic structures.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The free online workshops will address the application questions and explore the online grant system.
- Register for September 2, 5:30-6:30 pm:
- Register for September 9, 1:00-2:00 pm:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
Deadline – October 20, 2021 (11:59pm)
Notification – December 1, 2021
Project Start – December 15, 2021, agreements fully executed, and workplan approved.
Project completion and reporting deadline – Apr. 30, 2023

Grants will be made for no more than 50 percent of total project costs. Up to 50 percent of the participant's share of project costs may consist of approved donated services and materials. Other funds from the Oregon Heritage Commission or Oregon Parks and Recreation Department may not be used to match an Oregon Heritage Grant.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, awards range from $3000-$20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project completion and reporting deadline is Apr. 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For grant, access, and OPRD: Grants Online questions, contact Kuri Gill.

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