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Oregon Historic Trails Fund (OHTF) Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Government
Agencies to Preserve Historically Significant Trails

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) - Oregon Historic Trails Fund (OHTF)

Deadline Date:

09/01/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants totaling approximately $40,000 to Oregon nonprofits and government agencies to preserve and protect historic trails within the state through educational, economic, and interpretive projects. Priority will be given to projects that interpret, preserve, or maintain trail-related resources. Funding may also be used for marketing, education, advocacy, or research related to historic trails. Proposals related to non-designated significant historic trails will be considered on a case by case basis.

Current eligible trails include:

- Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
- Applegate National Historic Trail
- Oregon National Historic Trail
- Nez Perce National Historic Trail
- Whitman Mission Route
- Upper Columbia River Route
- Meek Cutoff
- Free Emigrant Road
- Cutoff to the Barlow Road
- Klamath Trail
- Jedediah Smith Route
- Nathaniel Wyeth Route
- Benjamin Bonneville Route
- Ewing Young Route
- John Fremont Route
- Santiam Wagon Road

Projects must meet interpretive standards equal to those of the National Association for Interpretation, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, USA Forest Service, or the American Association of Museums.

If projects are intended to engage with, serve, and/or highlight specific cultures and populations, staffing and leadership reflect the populations served and/or have actively involved them in the development of the work described. Applicants will be asked to share how their expertise, partnerships and community connections help them carry out this work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172836

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year of the grant payment, unless an extension is permitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a governmental agency, a federally recognized tribe or be classified by the IRS with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and further classified as a public charity (as opposed to a private foundation).

Investment will be within the state of Oregon but out-of- state partnerships are encouraged.

Funds cannot be used for administrative or general operating expenses.

Large capital construction projects will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

A completed application packet must be received at The Oregon Community Foundation by September 1 annually for a board decision in November. Please download the request for proposals and the grant application form for detailed information about this grant program and its application process (see Supporting Documents below).

To learn more about the 16 designated trails' location, history, and significance, as well as detailed maps, download the Oregon Historic Trails Report, created by the Oregon Trails Coordinating Council, from the Supporting Documents section below.

Note: Grants require a 1:1 cash match, but the matching funds may be used for purposes other than the project described in the OHTF grant request.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in November.

Contact Information:

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

Submit application to:
Oregon Historic Trails Fund
The Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205

Melissa Hansen, Program Officer
Phone: 503-227-6846

Phone: 503.227.6846

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon