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Cultural Development Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and IHEs
for Cultural Projects

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Oregon Cultural Trust

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04/17/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education for a variety of cultural projects and activities. Funding in intended to promote the maintenance, creation, development, and conservation of a wide range of significant historical, humanities, and cultural assets across the state. The goal of the grant program is to support high-impact programs and activities by promoting four 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.

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:

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.

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 FY2021 Cultural Development Program will support projects taking place between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021.

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.

ORS 359.400 defines a “cultural organization” as one that is “organized
primarily for the purpose of producing, promoting or presenting the arts, history, heritage and humanities to the public or organized primarily for identifying, documenting, interpreting and preserving cultural resources.” 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 FY2019 and FY2020 are not eligible to apply for FY2021 funds and must wait until the FY2022 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-proposal Conference:

“Conversations with Funders and Partners”:
The eight-stop series of informal information sessions will enable grant seekers to learn about funding programs available and give them the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Grant application writing workshops, presented by Travel Oregon, will be held in conjunction with three of the events.

As a special bonus for potential applicants, the events in Coos Bay, Pendleton and Bend will be preceded by free application writing workshops presented by grant writer and grant coach Meredith Howell.

Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders and Partners” include community development organizations, libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, parks and trails groups, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.

The full schedule is:
Portland: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, Portland Community College (Southeast Campus Community Hall) 2305 SE 82nd Ave.

Tillamook: 3-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, Tillamook Library (Hatfield Room), 1716 3rd

Eugene: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, Eugene Public Library (Bascom-Tykeson Room) 100 W 10th Ave.

Coos Bay: 1-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, Coos History Museum, 1210 N. Front St. Note: Preceded by free 9 a.m.-Noon grant application writing workshop, same location. Register for Coos Bay workshop here:

Medford: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, Medford Public Library (Adams Room and Large Conference Room), 205 S. Central Ave.

Salem: 3-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, United Way Mid-Willamette Valley (Public Meeting Room), 455 Biller Ave. NE.

Pendleton: 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Note: Preceded by free 9 a.m.-Noon grant application writing workshop, same location. Register for Pendleton workshop here:

Bend: 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 12, At Liberty Arts Collaborative, 849 NW Wall St. Note: Preceded by free 9 a.m.-Noon grant application writing workshop, same location. Register for Bend workshop here:

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM, Friday, April 17, 2020.

First time grant seekers interested in applying for Cultural Trust grants are encouraged to attend the 2020 Conversation with Funders & Partners workshops and/or schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with Trust Manager Aili Schreiner.

To schedule time for a pre-application project/draft application review, send a request to Aili Schreiner. Applicants are strongly urged to request assistance before March 31, 2020, to ensure you have adequate time
to incorporate feedback.

ORS 359.431 requires that Cultural Development Grant awards be matched at least 1:1 with earned, contributed or eligible in-kind support. For additional information about matching funds, see:

Applicants will be notified by mail or email of the Cultural Trust’s action in August 2020.

Additional information:

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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