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Grants to Oregon Nonprofit Arts and Culture
Organizations for General Operating Support

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 11:59 PM (PST)


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations for community arts and cultural programs and costs. Funding is intended to assist small organizations throughout the State with support for general operating expenses such as administration, marketing, staffing, and outreach.

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 Foundation continues to focus only on general operating support. Operating support grants are intended to support the core, ongoing operations of an organization.

Grant funds may be used to purchase equipment as well as to pay artists.

Proposals will be judged based on impact, feasibility and community support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166005

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 will be available.

Term of Contract:

Funds awarded must be used completely within one year of receipt.

Requests for multi-year funding will not be accepted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to arts and culture organizations with operating budgets of less than $100,000.

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. Fiscal sponsorships are allowed.
- Be headquartered in Oregon.
- Document that the cash expenses of the organization during the most recently completed fiscal year were less than $100,000.

For the purpose of this project, eligible organizations are being 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.

Organizations or projects that are not 501(c)3 tax exempt entities may apply using a fiscal sponsor. OCF has a preference for fiscal sponsors which have a mission identifying arts and/or culture as a priority reason for the organization’s existence, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Fiscal sponsorship may only be used to support an independently-governed nonprofit, volunteer association, or like body. When supporting the work of an outside entity, fiscal sponsors will be exempt from the $100,000 limit listed above. In addition, fiscal sponsors must certify that they will provide active oversight and take responsibility for the use of the funds as specified in the application.

Cultural Coalitions which meet the organization eligibility criteria and have a track record of successfully awarding small grants may apply for a grant of $1,000 to $5,000 to re-grant in any amounts in their counties. Coalitions must show they have an accessible application process and a systematic, fair review process for awarding grants. Coalitions may re-grant to non 501(c)3 entities as long as the Coalition is able to document the use of the funds for the public good.

Ineligible Expenses/Activities:

- Lobbying to influence legislation
- Religious activities
- Academic scholarships
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Debt reduction
- Endowment funding
- Exclusionary practices or messages

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due by 11:59 PM, September 1, 2018.
- Notification of awards/declines will be made by November 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted through OCF's online application portal. Applicants may submit only one application per year.

For questions, applicants are requested to contact the Foundation by email. The Foundation will respond either by email or by phone as it deems appropriate.

For locations and contact information for each of the five OCF offices:

Regional Distribution of Grants:

Funds are allocated to each of Oregon’s eight regions based on the number of arts organizations and population. Each of OCF's eight regions is advised by a volunteer Leadership Council. Members of Leadership Councils will review and make recommendations for Small Arts and Culture Grants. Organizations must apply via the regional application for the region in which they primarily operate.

The OCF Regional Counties are as follows:

- Central: Wasco, Sherman, Jefferson, Wheeler, Deschutes, Crook
- Eastern: Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Baker, Harney, Malheur
- Metro: Washington, Multnomah, Hood River, Clackamas
- North Coast: Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln
- Northern Willamette Valley: Yamhill, Polk, Marion
- South Coast: Coos, Curry
- Southern: Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake
- Southern Willamette Valley: Benton, Linn, Lane, Douglas

Contact Information:

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

For the online application portal:

For questions, email:

The Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.227.6846

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