Portland, OR. It’s crunch time for cultural grant writers in Oregon; applications for FY2019 Cultural Development Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. Past recipients include programs at Lincoln Elementary in Corvallis. Students helped build an organ during an OrgelKids Encounter supported by the Benton County Cultural Coalition, part of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The grants are designed to support cultural projects that address one of four application categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. In 2017 the Cultural Trust awarded 86 grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000, with an average grant amount of $11,050. FY2019 grants, to be announced this summer, will fund projects and activities that occur between Aug.1, 2018 and July 30, 2019.

A new mix of marketing strategies attracted 55.2 percent more new donors and 6.7 percent more total donations – a record $4.9 million – to the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2017. The funds will support fiscal year 2019 grants to cultural organizations across the state.

Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the funding the Trust provides for Oregon’s cultural organizations. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives.

Trust Manager Aili Schreiner has limited appointments remaining for scheduled application consultations between now and the April 13 application deadline. Please email [email protected] to set up a call.