The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is happy to finally share good news after a long summer for Oregonians. Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support (CRFCS) grant awards totaling $25.7 million will be distributed to 621 cultural organizations across Oregon through a partnership between the Oregon Cultural Trust and its County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions. Many of the grant recipients are organizational members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and this is a proud moment in the Coalition’s history in advocating for Oregon’s arts, culture, heritage, history and the humanities.
“This is the principal reason the Coalition exists,” said Sue Hildick, Cultural Advocacy Coalition Senior Advisor. “With concentrated efforts in July, we mobilized our members, board of directors, and supporters, who sent hundreds of emails and called the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature asking them to approve the CRFCS funds.”
The Cultural Advocacy Coalition, representing over 350 members and over 1000 friends of Oregon’s cultural sector, are appreciative for Governor Kate Brown and the Emergency Board’s support in a time where upholding Oregon’s culture and creativity in the midst of devastation is paramount.
The distribution of the CRFCS funds, done by the Oregon Cultural Trust, were made equitably, efficiently, and in an enduring manner and we applaud their efforts in reviewing 751 applications from 130 organizations while navigating wildfires, smoke, and COVID-19.
Read more about the funds and details below, and visit culturaltrust.org to view the full list of grant awards listed alphabetically by county.
621 organizations awarded $25.7 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support grant awards
Salem, Ore. – Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support (CRFCS) grant awards totaling
$25.7 million will be distributed to 621 cultural organizations across Oregon through a partnership between the Oregon Cultural Trust and its County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions. The funds, allocated to the Cultural Trust for Oregon cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis, were made available through a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature in July.
“Many cultural organizations and institutions have closed their doors to help keep us all safe during this pandemic. These grants will mean that more than 600 Oregon arts and culture organizations across our state’s counties and Tribes will be able to keep up their vital creative work,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Everything from museums to fairgrounds to the summer events we all know and love can continue to enrich our lives—connecting us to one another and giving us the hope and inspiration we need.”
“These funds are life blood to Oregon’s cultural community,” added Chuck Sams, chair of the Cultural Trust Board of Directors. “While they won’t replace all the losses suffered during the pandemic, they will ensure Oregon culture survives this crisis. We are deeply grateful to the Oregon Legislature for making this possible.”
The largest award is $1.4 million to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; the average grant award is $41,458. Just under $90 million in requests were received from 751 organizations; 130 organizations were ineligible for awards based on program guidelines.
“Due to the incredible need, we were able to fund a percentage of organizations’ eligible expenses,” said Brian Rogers, Cultural Trust executive director. “Smaller organizations received a higher percentage of their eligible expenses. The final awards represent a statewide, equitable distribution plan that was approved by our Board of Directors, the Governor’s Office, Business Oregon and our legislative sponsors.”
The organizations to receive funding include cultural institutions, county fairgrounds, cultural entities within federally recognized Indian Tribes based in Oregon, festivals and community event organizations, in addition to some for-profit organizations that have significant cultural impact in their communities. Awards will be issued directly to the organizations by their local County or Tribal Coalition.
Funding was determined based on eligible request amounts, an award allocation formula that established a base amount of funds per county or Tribe and the organization’s fiscal size. COVID-19 expenses previously reimbursed by other federal CARES Act programs were not eligible.
The intended use of the CRF Cultural Support funds is to provide financial assistance to cultural nonprofit organizations and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of public health executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines for the funding are in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The legislation allows Coalitions to be reimbursed for up to 5 percent of their total grant awards for documented administrative expenses. Requests from Coalitions for administrative expenses totaled $209,515.
Below is a list of funds awarded per county; the full list of grant awards (listed alphabetically by county) is posted on the Cultural Trust website.
NOTE: No applications were submitted from Gilliam County and the Tribes chose not to apply due to previously received CARES Act funding. Washington County, which serves as the fiscal agent for the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, chose not to participate in the CRFCS program; the Cultural Trust is currently working to identify potential solutions.
|Baker County Cultural Coalition||$126,485|
|Benton County Cultural Coalition||$97,691|
|Clackamas County Cultural Coalition||$620,073|
|Clatsop County Cultural Coalition||$402,881|
|Columbia County Cultural Coalition||$22,668|
|Coos County Cultural Coalition||$304,916|
|Crook County Cultural Coalition||$22,220|
|Curry County Cultural Coalition||$57,264|
|Deschutes County Cultural Coalition||$998,668|
|Douglas County Cultural Coalition||$102,606|
|Grant County Cultural Coalition||$5,924|
|Harney County Cultural Coalition||$25,075|
|Hood River Cultural Trust||$171,602|
|Jackson County Cultural Coalition||$1,057,193|
|Jefferson County Cultural Coalition||$271,715|
|Josephine County Cultural Coalition||$241,778|
|Klamath County Cultural Coalition||$72,001|
|Lake County Cultural Coalition||$94,291|
|Lane County Cultural Coalition||$2,575,914|
|Lincoln County Cultural Coalition||$160,625|
|Linn County Cultural Coalition||$179,277|
|Malheur Cultural Trust||$183,608|
|Marion County Development Corporation||$835,398|
|Morrow County Cultural Coalition||$41,740|
|Multnomah County Cultural Coalition||$13,106,828|
|Polk County Cultural Coalition||$245,072|
|Sherman County Cultural Coalition||$3,830|
|Tillamook County Cultural Coalition||$213,444|
|Umatilla County Cultural Coalition||$579,444|
|Union County Cultural Coalition||$54,609|
|Wallowa County Cultural Trust Coalition||$151,756|
|Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition||$209,256|
|Cultural Coalition of Washington County||$1,638,592|
|Wheeler County Cultural Heritage Coalition||$12,241|
|Yamhill County Cultural Coalition||$858,658|
About the Oregon Cultural Trust
Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testament to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was designed as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state.
Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, poets, acrobats and dreamers who define our famous quality of life.
In 2019 Oregonians gave $4.5 million to the Cultural Trust. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund. Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners, 45 County and Tribal Coalitions and 1,450+ qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.
More information at culturaltrust.org.