Deschutes Cultural Coalition Announces Cultural Grants Application Deadline

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Deschutes Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of an additional distribution of funding for 2022 to arts and culture organizations in Deschutes County. Funds are granted to DCC by the county for the purpose of reallocating them to organizations that are rebuilding operating or program capacity lost during the pandemic.

The online grant application for Program Support Grants opened on Tuesday, May 17. The full application is due Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m. Guidelines and instructions are available at: https://www.deschutesculturalcoalition.org/grants. The Coalition will present its awards in July and plans to award approximately $21,000 in grants.

Typical grants range from $300 to $3,000 for nonprofit cultural organizations. While all proposals are reviewed by the DCC Board of Directors, priority will be given to organizations that have already received less than $5,000 in COVID relief funding from federal or state governments and have budgets of operation under $200,000.

“We are very fortunate to partner with Deschutes County on this special round of funding,” said Cate O’Hagan, DCC Chair. “We are grateful to the county for designating the Deschutes Cultural Coalition as the distributor of county funds to support our local arts and cultural organizations in their efforts to restore services cut during the pandemic.”

Earlier this year, DCC awarded $32,000 in cultural grants, helping nineteen local nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

The Deschutes Cultural Coalition provides grants from all sectors of the cultural field, including arts, heritage, and humanities. This grant is sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust and must support projects and activities that meet one of the four priorities outlined in the Deschutes Cultural Plan:

  • Encourage greater awareness of local culture.
  • Ensure a variety of cultural resources and programs are accessible to all residents.
  • Providing Cultural Education in Deschutes County
  • Help new and established cultural organizations increase their capacity to fulfill their mission.

ABOUT THE DESCHUTES CULTURAL COALITION: The 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions in Oregon, of which the Deschutes Cultural Coalition is a part, are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, the Deschutes Cultural Coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that meet the needs of our county.

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