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Cultural Development Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Cultural Entities,
and IHEs for Cultural Projects and Activities

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Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT)

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05/07/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, cultural entities, and institutions of higher education for a variety of cultural projects and activities in arts, heritage, history, preservation, and humanities. The goal of the grant program is to support high-impact programs and activities that fall into one of the following categories: access, preservation, creativity, and capacity.

Cultural Development Project Grants must be used to:

  • Address significant opportunities to advance, preserve or stabilize cultural resources;
  • Invest in the development of new resources;
  • Support proposals that have a broad cultural impact beyond the applicant itself;
  • Support proposals from applicants with culture as a priority within the mission of the organization.

Projects should achieve and support the Cultural Trust’s vision and mission:

  • Create an Oregon that champions and invests in creative expression and cultural exchange;
  • Help drive innovation and opportunity for all;
  • Cultivate, grow and value culture as an integral part of communities;
  • Inspire Oregonians to invest in cultural nonprofits;
  • Maximize visibility for the role of culture in our lives; and
  • Strengthen collaboration and support within the statewide cultural network.

The Cultural Development Grant program has four distinct categories. Organizations may submit only one application to one category a year:

  1. Access: Projects that make culture broadly available to Oregonians
  2. Preservation: Projects that invest in Oregon’s cultural heritage by recovering, preserving, and sharing historic assets and achievements
  3. Creativity: Projects that create and/or present cultural or scholarly work; projects that support the development of artists, cultural experts or scholars who promote culture as a core part of vibrant communities 
  4. Capacity: Projects that strengthen cultural organizations to increase stability, improve sustainability and/or measure/share cultural impacts

For additional information about grant categories, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155263

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cultural Development Grants generally range from $5,000 to $40,000; the maximum request amount is $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The Cultural Development Program will support projects taking place between September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

At the time of the application deadline, all applicant organizations must:
• Have active registration with the State of Oregon for corporate, non-profit status and
• Provide services that take place within the state of Oregon and
• Have current IRS 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status or
• Be a cultural entity within a federally recognized Indian Tribe based in Oregon or
• Be an institution of higher learning (universities and colleges) that has a significant cultural program or cultural organization.

Organizations using a fiscal sponsorship are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must have current registration on the Cultural Trust’s website as a Cultural Nonprofit. Instructions are available at the following link:

Recipients of Cultural Development grants in two consecutive fiscal years are not eligible to apply for funds in the following fiscal year. As a result, organizations awarded a grant in both FY2020 and FY2021 are not eligible to apply for FY2022 funds and must wait until the FY2023 grant cycle.

Not funded:
- Indirect costs not directly associated with the implementation of the project. Indirect costs are activities or services not directly related to the project such as operational expenses and salaries for staff not involved with the project. Direct costs are activities or services that support the specific project, e.g., salaries for project management, materials, marketing, etc.
- Scholarships or tuition assistance for college, university or other formal degree bearing courses of study;
- Projects that have been substantially completed by August 1, 2017, the start date of the grant period;
- Requests to offset previous project expenses and or deficits; and
- Events whose primary focus is to raise funds for a non-cultural cause.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM, Friday, May 7, 2021.

First time grant seekers interested in applying for Cultural Trust grants are encouraged to schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with Trust Manager Aili Schreiner.

Assistance with technical requirements and application scope is available from Cultural Trust staff prior to the application deadline. To schedule time for a pre-application project/draft application review, send a request to Aili Schreiner.

You may schedule a 30 minute consultation before April 1; draft applications will receive feedback if received prior to April 23, 2021.

ORS 359.431 requires that Cultural Development Grant awards be matched at least 1:1 with earned, contributed or eligible in-kind support.

Applicants will be notified by mail or email of the Cultural Trust’s action in August, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Aili Schreiner

Kat Bell, Office & Grants Coordinator
(503) 986-0082

Oregon Cultural Trust
775 Summer Street NE
Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301

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