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Deschutes Cultural Coalition seeking grant applicants


The Deschutes Cultural Coalition is seeking applicants for grant funding from all sectors within the non-profit culture field including arts, heritage and humanities.

Grant funding is provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, is administered by The Arts and Culture Alliance of Central Oregon and must support projects and activities that address one of the four priorities outlined within the Deschutes Cultural Plan:

Encourage greater awareness of local culture.

Ensure that cultural resources are accessible to all residents.

Utilize local cultural resources to promote economic vitality.

Help new and established cultural organizations increase their capacity to fulfill their mission.

2018 Grant Awards

Grant awards typically range from $500 to $3,000 each. The most competitive applications will provide some matching resources, either in contributed goods and services or cash funding.


Applicants must be:

Deschutes County – based humanities, heritage or arts organizations

Designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations

Established for at least one year

Prior grant awardees must have submitted all project reports

2018-2019 Application Timeline:

Application due: November 19, 2018

Funding decisions: Mid-December, 2018

Funding distribution: January 2019

How to Apply:

A complete submittal will include a Deschutes Cultural Coalition grant application form (attached) with responses to the questions indicated. A copy of the organization’s current IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter will be required from all new applicants. One copy of the most recently completed fiscal year financial report. Only one copy of the application packet is required. Submit to the address at the end of this document. Application packets can be found at

Grant applications are to be emailed to the Deschutes Cultural Coalition by 5:00 p.m. November 19th, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

The Arts and Culture Alliance:

The Arts & Culture Alliance believes that creativity strengthens Central Oregon. Since forming in 2010, the ACA has connected its members through collaboration, education, advocacy, promotion and networking. The ACA is a non-profit association of diverse organizations, businesses and individuals creating and nurturing cultural opportunities in the community. Additional information is available at

Deschutes Cultural Coalition:

The Deschutes County Cultural Coalition exists to:

Support existing cultural resources and encourage greater awareness of local culture.

Strengthen the relationship between local cultural resources and the tourist industry.

Ensure that cultural resources are accessible to all residents.

What is the Oregon Cultural Trust?

The Trust is a state-wide cultural plan to raise significant new funds to invest into Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds will be distributed to counties and tribes to support local cultural projects and collaborations through competitive grants that support cultural projects of regional and statewide significance, and through additional funds to Oregon’s cultural agencies to support collaborative partnerships and ongoing statewide efforts.

Oregon nonprofit cultural organizations are eligible for new funding to support protection of and stabilization and investment in culture above and beyond the existing funds distributed through existing cultural agency grants. New funds are available locally through counties and tribes as well as from the cultural agencies in support of collaborations and partnerships.

What is the Deschutes County Cultural Plan?

County-based cultural coalitions have been developed to initiate cultural planning efforts to determine local and regional needs, baseline inventories of cultural resources, and benchmarks that are in alignment with the goals of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Deschutes County Cultural Planning Committee was appointed by Deschutes County Commissioners in late 2002 to develop a Deschutes County Cultural Plan. The purpose of the Planning Committee is to define the structure of a permanent Deschutes County Cultural Coalition and to develop a cultural plan to guide the coalition in awarding grant funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support and protect the culture, arts and heritage of Deschutes County.

More information can be found here

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