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Grant Priorities

The following priorities directly underscore the coalition’s mission, vision, and values. Projects and organizations should focus on supporting/growing local assets and removing barriers to cultural participation. Projects must result in measurable outcomes within at least one priority. The Coalition supports innovative approaches and projects.

1. Increase how local culture is valued and supported

Indicators of success:

  • Increase in cultural support from local businesses and governments
  • Increase in contributions to the Oregon Cultural Trust from county residents
  • Increase in local media coverage for cultural success stories illustrating public recognition for the value of arts, heritage, humanities
  • Increase in projects which specifically recognize and celebrate the growing diversity within communities

2. Support the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities 

Indicators of success:

  • Increased attendance at events and other cultural activities
  • New volunteers are leaders and are engaged in cultural activities
  • Improved access to cultural assets and activities
  • Increased investment to support and sustain cultural facilities and gathering spaces
  • Arts, heritage and humanities are integrated with learning experiences (e.g., schools, workshops, mentoring, etc.)

3. Stimulate partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers. We include here partnerships that support cultural tourism

Indicators of success:

  • Cultural tourism projects which attract people from at least 50 miles away or encourage people to linger longer
  • Increase in cross-sector collaborations between cultural and non-cultural organizations
  • Partnerships that engage diverse groups, leverage resources and expand investment in cultural assets and activities

4. Work closely with local governments, businesses, and others to embed local culture in community development

Indicators of success:

  • Culture is clearly integrated with development and creatives serve in civic leadership positions
  • Cultural assets are solidly embedded in community
  • Increase in cultural supporters assuming leadership roles
  • New initiatives are reaching underserved audiences
  • Art in public spaces and historic interpretation/preservation are prevalent