621 organizations have awarded $25.7 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support grants

Salem, Ore. — Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support (CRFCS) grants 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 that was announced in July approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature.

“Many cultural organizations and institutions have closed their doors to protect all of us during this pandemic. These grants will mean that more than 600 Oregon arts and cultural organizations can continue their vital creative work throughout our state’s counties and tribes,” Gov. Kate Brown said. “Everything from museums to fairgrounds to the summer events we all know and love can continue to enrich our lives – connect us and give us the hope and inspiration we need.”

“These funds are the lifeblood of Oregon’s cultural community,” added Chuck Sams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Trust. “While they will not replace all of the losses sustained 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, $1.4 million, goes to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; the average grant amount is $41,458. Nearly $90 million in requests were received from 751 organizations; 130 organizations were not eligible for awards due to program policies.

“Because of the incredible need, we’ve been able to fund a percentage of organizations’ eligible expenses,” said Brian Rogers, Executive Director of Cultural Trust. “Smaller organizations received a higher percentage of their eligible expenses. The final awards represent a statewide, equitable distribution plan approved by our Board of Directors, Office of the Governor, Business Oregon and our Legislative Sponsors.

Organizations targeted to receive funding include cultural institutions, fairgrounds, cultural institutions within state-recognized Native American tribes based in Oregon, festivals and community events organizations, and some nonprofit organizations that have significant cultural impact in their communities. Awards are given directly to organizations by their local county or tribal coalition.

Funding was determined based on allowable application amounts, an allocation formula that established a baseline amount of funding per county or tribe, and the organization’s tax 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 support to cultural nonprofits and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programs due to public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding guidelines are in accordance with the US Department of the Treasury.

The legislation allows coalitions to be reimbursed up to 5 percent of their total grants for documented administrative costs. Coalition requests for administrative expenses totaled $209,515.

Below is a list of funds awarded per county. The full list of grants (arranged alphabetically by district) can be found on the Cultural Trust website.

NOTE: No applications were filed by Gilliam County and the tribes chose not to apply due to previously received CARES Act funding.

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

Washington County Cultural Coalition $1,638,592

Wheeler County Cultural Heritage Coalition $12,241

Yamhill County Cultural Coalition $858,658


About the Oregon Cultural Trust

Established by the Oregon Legislature in 2001, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testament to Oregonians’ appreciation for culture. No other state offers a 100 percent tax credit to encourage cultural donations. As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was conceived as a continuous funding machine 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 donated $4.5 million to the Cultural Trust. Sixty percent of those went straight back onto the field. The remaining 40 percent contributed to the growth of our permanent fund. Our three grant programs fund our five statewide partners, 45 district and tribal coalitions, and over 1,450 qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive cultural development grants.

For more information, visit www.culturaltrust.org.