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Legends and Lore Marker Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Academic Institutions, and Municipalities for Plaques to Mark Sites of Cultural Importance

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Oregon Folklife Network and William G. Pomeroy Foundation

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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities for the acquisition of official plaques to mark locations of local cultural significance. Funding is intended to increase cultural tourism and commemorate important cultural sites. The program promotes cultural heritage by placing markers at locations associated with traditional culture (for example, folklore, customs, legends, beliefs, traditional art, music, and dance). The grant recipient is responsible for the installation of the marker.

The most successful Legends & Lore grant applications will likely include the following common genres of folklore:

  • Myths: Traditional stories that usually concern the nature of the cosmos; they often involve divine and supernatural beings.
  • Legends: Traditional stories that usually concern historical events; they often involve heroes, heroines, villains, and monsters, including ghosts or haunted places.
  • Tall tales: Traditional stories similar to legends that exaggerate the lives of local people.
  • Folktales: Traditional stories such as fables and fairy tales that occur “outside” of cosmic or human history; they often involve animals or symbolic creatures as the main characters.
  • Place-name anecdotes: Traditional stories that explain the reason for the name of a location.
  • Folksongs and ballads: Traditional stories told in song that often convey myths, legends, and related folklore.
  • Superstitions: Folk beliefs that may or may not have scientific accuracy but that are important to the community that believes in them.
  • Festivals, holidays, parades, and rituals that represent a community.
  • Certain dances, music, architecture, foodways, arts, crafts, and similar performances can be folklore if they distinguish the community or region as the “home” of the item or activity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185908

Estimated Size of Grant:

Legends & Lore marker grants are fully-funded and cover the entire cost of the marker, pole, and shipping.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities in Oregon.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact an eligible local organization, such as an applicable historical society or folklore-related nonprofit. They will often apply for the grant on behalf of the individual.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are submitted directly to the Pomeroy Foundation

Applications are accepted twice a year. This year’s dates are as follows:

Round 1:
- 3/23/21: Application becomes available online
- 5/03/21: Application deadline
- 6/28/21: Grants awarded (approximate)

Round 2
- 8/16/21: Application becomes available online
- 10/11/21: Application deadline
- 12/10/21: Grants awarded

Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program:


Contact Information:

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

Apply online (from March 23):

Direct questions to Riki Saltzman at, or Emily West Hartlerode at or call 541-346-3820.

Oregon Folklife Network
242 Knight Library
6204 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-6204

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