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Oregon Heritage Grant Program

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

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $3,000 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. Interested applicants are required to preregister prior to applying. Priority will be given to projects that align with the interpretation, development, and preservation of threatened heritage resources as well as those that have statewide importance.

Additional Priorities:

  • 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


  • Heritage is the array of significant things, thoughts, and activities associated with the human experience in Oregon.
  • Oregon's heritage resources include artifacts and other manifestations of material culture, documents, publications, photographs and films, prehistoric and historic sites, historic buildings and other structures, cultural landscapes, heritage celebrations, festivals and fairs, and songs, stories, and recordings associated with the human experience in Oregon.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150610

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards generally range between $3,000 and $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project completion and reporting deadline is April 30, 2021.

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.

While acknowledging the great need for financial assistance in preserving Oregon's historic structures, the Commission, because of the availability of other state grant programs for conserving those structures, will not give priority to projects conserving those structures in this grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:


- Deadline: October 1, 2019 (11:59pm)
- Notification: Dec. 1, 2019
- Project completion and reporting deadline: Apr. 30, 2021

Application process:

- Applicants must request an online account prior to submitting the application through the online portal. It is recommended that you request an account as soon as possible, as Grant staff must review and approve your account request before you can access the online application. Requests will typically be reviewed within 3 business days.
- It is recommended that you complete the application well before the application deadline date. However, applications will be accepted up until midnight of the deadline date. No applications can be submitted after the deadline.

The Oregon Heritage Commission provides matching grants to qualified organizations. Grants will be made for no more than 50 percent of total project costs.

Grant funds are dispersed on a reimbursable basis

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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.

Online application portal:

Kuri Gill, Interim Heritage Commission Coordinator

Oregon Heritage
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

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