Application Cycle Opens September 4th
Washington County, Oregon – The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its grant cycle Wednesday, September 4th. Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to be used during calendar year 2020. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000 or $2,000. A new funding category has been released for the 2020 grant cycle, it is Level 3 and is open to Public School Districts and/or Public School District Foundations within Washington County who may apply for grants of up to $5,000.
Three levels of Community Cultural Participation grants are available this year:
Level 1: up to $1,000 available to a “not-for-profit” arts, humanities or heritage organization or an educational institution or government agency with an arts, heritage or humanities mission. IRS 501(C)3 status is not required for Level 1 grants.
Level 2: up to $2,000 available only to non-profit IRS 501(C)3 registered organizations, governmental agency or public school.
Level 3: up to $5,000 available only to a Washington County Public School District or Public School District Foundation IRS 501(C)3 registered organization.
An organization may apply for and receive only one grant per year. If a Public School District or Public School District Foundation applies for a Level 3 grant, an individual school within the same district (but not included in the Level 3 grant) may apply separately for a Level 1 or Level 2 grant.
The CCWC Community Cultural Participation (CCP) Grant Program provides financial support for Washington County non-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations and activities.
Applicants can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:
- Public Awareness, Audience Building and Participation: Marketing and promotion
- Support Existing Cultural Organizations: Professional development and capacity building
- Increase Public Art Opportunities: Installations with high impact and/or educational purpose
- Support Cultural and Heritage Learning: Education and cultural learning programs/participation
- Increase Youth Access to the Arts: School-based arts and cultural opportunities and arts awareness
A strong grant application will address our priorities of promoting cultural diversity, developing community and/or cross-cultural partnerships, providing matching-funds or cost-sharing. Proposals should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization. The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2020 CCWC Grant Guidelines, and CCWC Grant Application Instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website: www.CulturalCoalitionofWashingtonCounty.org.
Beginning September 4th, applications may be submitted online for the CCWC Community Cultural Participation grants program through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application portal, www.racc.submittable.com. The CCWC grant application period ends 11:59 p.m., Monday, October 14,, 2019.
The CCWC 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 $550,000 in grants to Washington County based organizations over the last 13 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 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.