Project Grants


Cultural Coalition Project Grant Guidelines

Please read through Guidelines (see below), Funding Priorities, and Application Information before starting the application.

Applications are closed for the 2020 funding cycle.

Download a sample application here

Estimated Timeline (for 2020 grants)* Grant Timeline 2020
*Timeline is an estimate and subject to change.

  • August 26, 2019 – Project Grant Applications Available
  • September 4, 2019 – Free Grant Orientation
  • October 4, 2019, 11:59 pm – Deadline to Apply
  • November 18, 2019 – Grant Review (Open to Applicants)
  • By January 6, 2020 – Award Notifications Sent
  • January 31, 2020 – Award Agreements Due
  • February 1, 2020 – Award Checks Mailed

Project Grant Program Overview 

  • Minimum Project Grant Request:  $751.00.
  • Maximum Project Grant Request: $2,500.00.
  • A post-project narrative and financial report, will be required of all grant recipients 30 days after completion of project or use of grant funds.  The Final Report should include photos and / or other documentation demonstrating the use of the award.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Organizations physically located in Clackamas County with a Clackamas County mailing address
  • Individuals who live or work in Clackamas County who have partnered with a Clackamas County-based organization as a co-applicant
  • Organizations located in Oregon with a project that clearly benefits Clackamas County residents, demonstrates strong community support and county partnerships may be eligible to apply. Please contact us to confirm eligibility before applying
  • Prior Clackamas County Cultural Coalition grant recipients who are current on all agreements and have submitted all required reports
  • Nonprofit tax-exempt status is not required


  • Requests must be for projects which are related arts, heritage or humanities, respond to the Cultural Plan vision and help forward Coalition’s goals.
  • Projects must align with the key values of the Coalition;
    • Increase public recognition and value of local culture
    • Acknowledge the vibrancy that social, cultural and ethnic diversity bring
    • Increase public participation in local culture
    • Support the inclusion of arts and culture in every community
  • Projects must result in measurable outcomes within at least ONE Funding Priority. Funding 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;
    • Increase how local culture is valued and supported
    • Support the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities
    • Stimulate partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers. We include here partnerships that support cultural tourism
    • Work closely with local governments, businesses, and others to embed local culture in community development
    • Grow communications capacity for cultural groups, organizations, and artists/creatives
  • Partnerships and collaborations should be evident – it shows community support and viability of a project
  • Applicant’s financial support and budget should be closely reviewed, with the expectation that all applicants will provide some matching funds and/or in-kind contributions toward their project’s success. If the proposed project is intended as part of a larger concept, evidence of financial sustainability beyond this project grant period will be required
  • Capital projects which increase the participation in arts, heritage or humanities may be considered. Please contact us to confirm eligibility before applying
  • Applicants must be in good standing and all final reports from prior award cycles must be submitted before any future awards are released
  • Projects must be completed within the calendar year applying for
  • Final Report must be submitted within 30 days of project completion


  • Requests for general operating support will not be considered.
  • Endowment support is not eligible.
  • Hospitality (e.g.: alcohol or other food/beverage related expenses are not eligible)
  • If the grant benefits a minor under the age of 18, an adult representative must complete the application and final report.
  • Read FAQs before applying

If you have questions about eligibility or restrictions please contact grant administrator at 503-655-0525.


We strongly encourage those considering applying to attend the free Grant Orientation to learn more about submitting a grant application. A complete overview of application process is provided, along with an opportunity to ask questions and review all elements required in the application.


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