How to Apply

All of Oregon’s qualified cultural nonprofits are eligible to apply for the Cultural Trust’s annual Cultural Development Grants.

The FY2018 Cultural Development Grant application cycle is closed.  The FY2019 cycle will open in January, 2018, with an application deadline in mid-April for projects taking place August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019.

FY17 Cultural Development Final Grant Reports

Final grant reports for FY17 CDV grant recipients must be submitted by September 30, 2017. The final report form is a fillable PDF.

FY17 Cultural Development Grant Report Form

Please submit your completed form and send to: Questions? Call us at (503) 986-0082.

Grants are awarded in four categories and are intended to fund arts, heritage, history, preservation and humanities programs. The guidelines for the FY18 grant cycle are posted here.

Cultural Development Grants are for project activities that:

  • protect and stabilize Oregon’s cultural resources;
  • expand public awareness of, access to and participation in quality cultural experiences in Oregon;
  • ensure that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon’s communities and quality of life; and
  • build an understanding of the value and impact of culture to Oregonians.

The four grant categories are:

  • Access: Make culture broadly available to Oregonians;
  • Preservation: Invest in Oregon’s cultural heritage by recovering, preserving and sharing historic assets and achievements;
  • Creativity: Create and/or present cultural or scholarly work; Support the development of artists, cultural experts, or scholars who promote culture as a core part of vibrant communities; and
  • Capacity: Strengthen cultural organizations to increase stability, improve sustainability, or measure/share cultural impacts.

In considering funding requests, the Cultural Trust seeks proposals that will expand the public benefit of Oregon’s culture through:

  • positive impact on, or improvement of, cultural resources and activities and the expansion of public and private support for culture;
  • preservation of the past or investing in the future, by commissioning new work that continues Oregon’s strong artistic, literary and humanistic presence;
  • enhancing cultural opportunity and understanding by creating or sustaining model programs that can be replicated elsewhere; and
  • by creating opportunity for every community to invest further in its culture, stimulating new ventures that could not be tried without Trust help.

The Trust’s two non-competitive grant programs fund the Trust’s five statewide Cultural Partners and 45 County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions.

Have questions? Contact Aili Schreiner at or 503.986.0089. You may schedule a 30 minute grant application conversation before April 21st, and may submit draft applications for feedback by April 1st.

FY18 Cultural Development Grants

As part of the grant agreement (sent directly to recipients), FY18 CDV grant recipients must complete and submit the following to

FY18 Cultural Coalition Grants

FY18 Cultural Coalition Grants have been awarded!

Cultural Coalitions may now submit their FY18 Contact Form to Please include as attachments:

  • Updated Board Roster: Include names and contact information
  • Grant Guidelines & Application: Have you updated your grant guidelines or application since last year? If yes, please attach your new versions (PDF format)
  • Cultural Plan: Have you updated your Cultural Plan? If yes, please attach your updated plan (PDF format). For tribal coalitions, your Cultural Resource Department Plan can be submitted instead.

Questions? Please contact or (503) 986-0082 or or (503) 986-0089.

 Online Application

Go To Online Application

“We have been long time supporters and strong believers in what you do. Please accept our donation and do what you can to create culture in Oregon.”

Alison Ebbot and Bill Hason, Hillsboro