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Grants to Oregon Small-Scale Arts and Cultural Nonprofits for General Operating Support

Small Arts and Culture Grant


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Funding Source
The Oregon Community Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/10/22 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon small-scale arts and cultural nonprofit organizations and cultural coalitions for general operating support. Preference will be given to organizations that are led by and serve underrepresented populations, represent geographically diverse areas including rural and urban communities, and have not previously received funding from this program.

The intent of the Small Arts & Culture Grants Program is to support a wide range of cultural and artistic organizations that enrich the lives of Oregonians and Oregon communities. The current grant initiative focuses on general operating support to allow organizations to dictate how to best use funds to advance their mission. Operating support grants are intended to support the core, ongoing operations and programs of an organization. This includes, but is not limited to: staffing, administration, outreach, marketing, overhead, and/or programming expenses.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
For this grant program, eligible organizations are defined as follows:
- Arts and Culture Organization: an organization with a mission that states that it is organized primarily for the purpose of producing, promoting or presenting the arts, heritage and humanities to the public or organized primarily for identifying, documenting, interpreting and preserving cultural resources.
- Cultural Coalitions: organizations formally recognized by the Oregon Cultural Trust. One official cultural coalition serves each county in Oregon.

To be eligible organizations must:
- Be incorporated with a mission identifying arts and/or culture as a priority reason for the organization’s existence
- Be a certified 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in good standing with the IRS
- Be headquartered in Oregon
- Document that the cash expenses of the organization during the most recently completed fiscal year were less than $100,000
- Submit a complete grant application online through OCF’s website

Organizations or projects that are not 501(c)3 tax exempt entities may apply using a fiscal sponsor.

Cultural Coalitions that meet the eligibility criteria and have a track record of successfully awarding small grants may apply for a grant to re-grant in any amounts in their counties.

Pre-Application Information
Proposals must be submitted online by 5:00 pm (PST) on October 10, 2022 (Monday). Only proposals completed on OCF’s online grant system will be accepted.

Notification of awards/declines by end of December 2022.

If your organization has not applied through “MyOCF” before, you are strongly encouraged to register well in advance of the application deadline.

Organizations may submit only one application per year.

A fiscal sponsor may be permitted to submit more than one application, particularly in rural regions. This exception requires prior permission from OCF.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$1,000 to $5,000

Term of Contract
Applicants must be prepared to use the awarded funds completely within one year of receipt.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Questions about accessing or navigating the online system, resetting your password, or other technical issues may be submitted OCF via email to Questions about eligibility or the narrative questions may be submitted to

Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 227-6846

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