Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Washington County Community Cultural Participation Grant Cycle Opens

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its 2011 grant cycle on February 21, 2011.

Two kinds of grants

Washington County-based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations may apply for $1,000 or $2,000 grants for activities, events or communication that will:
  • build awareness of the role and value of arts, heritage or humanities and increase public participation;
  • promote youth access to arts, heritage or humanities to enhance learning and healthy human development;
  • support existing Washington County cultural organizations; or integrate cultural development with economic development policies.

In addition, the CCWC is interested in entertaining applications for grant projects that would recognize the centennial of women's suffrage in Oregon (1912-2012).

The Coalition is also offering a $5,000 grant to a 501c3 organization for a strategic program or activity that addresses county-wide goals and benchmarks of the Washington County Cultural Plan, Priorities for 2008 - 2015.

How to apply

The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2011 grant guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website: www.culturalcoalitionofwashingtoncounty.org.

The grant application period ends March 31st. Funds are to be used for projects taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant orientation sessions scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, March 8th from 10am to Noon, Beaverton City Hall, First Floor Conference Room, 4755 SW Griffith Dr., Beaverton,
  • Thursday, March 10th from 3pm to 5pm, Hillsboro Shute Park Library, Conference Room,775 SE Tenth Ave., Hillsboro.

About the Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust

The Coalition (formerly the Washington County Arts, Heritage and Humanities Coalition) was established in 2005 to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to promote the cultural identity, quality of life and economic vitality of Washington County and its arts, heritage and humanities organizations. The Coalition has distributed over $167,000 in grants to Washington County-based organizations over the last six years.

The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature to strengthen Oregon's culture through the establishment of a permanent endowment. The Trust primarily receives funding from the sale of Cultural license plates and from gifts from individuals and businesses through an Oregon State tax credit program. The Trust invests a portion of proceeds from the endowment in annual grants to Oregon counties and tribal planning groups, funding for statewide cultural agencies, and competitive grants to cultural non-profits. To learn more about the Trust or to make a donation please visit the website www.culturaltrust.org.