Salem, ORE - The Oregon Cultural Trust is Oregon's innovative funding mechanism to support culture in the broadest sense. It has a single grant cycle each year. Applications are now open for its FY2011 competitive Cultural Development grants; the deadline is Friday, May 14, 2010. Oregon humanities, art and heritage nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may apply for funding to support projects of cultural significance taking place between August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011. Grant awards range from $5,000 - $50,000.
Application and guidelines are online at www.culturaltrust.org/programs/grant_opportunities.php or may be requested from (503) 986-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must select a project category -- Access, Capacity, Creativity or Preservation -- and proposals must be postmarked May 14 or hand-delivered by 5 PM May 14 to:
Oregon Cultural Trust
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280
The Oregon Cultural Trust recently announced a 10% increase in calendar year 2009 donations, which will have a positive impact on the upcoming funding cycle. Although donors give to the Trust by December 31 each year in order to claim Oregon's unique cultural tax credit, Trust grantmaking is determined by its fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) revenues. Executive Director Christine D'Arcy points out, "Gifts received by June 30 will directly increase the pool of funds to be awarded this summer. Increased donations allow the Trust to broaden and deepen its investment in Oregon's heritage, history, arts and humanities. I encourage Trust donors to make at least part of their annual gift by June 30, 2010."
FY 2011 grant awards will be announced at the end of July 2010.
About the Oregon Cultural Trust:
The Oregon Cultural Trust is an innovative, statewide private-public program raising significant new funds to support and protect Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage. In addition to the creation of a permanent endowment, funds are distributed annually through three multi-faceted, wide-ranging grant programs. Donors to the Trust are eligible for a 100% Oregon income tax credit for contributions of up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly and $2,500 for corporations. To motivate Oregonians to increase direct giving to cultural groups, Trust donors must also make matching gifts to one or more of nearly 1,300 cultural nonprofits in order to qualify for the credit. No other state in the nation has a program like the Oregon Cultural Trust, which has been ranked with the bottle bill and the vote-by-mail as among Oregon's most forward-thinking public policy measures. More information: (503) 986-0088 or www.culturaltrust.org.