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Washington County 2016 Community Cultural Participation Grants -- Cycle Opens September 1st

c/o WCCLS, 111 NE Lincoln St., MS-58, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-3036

MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate release

Date:   August 28, 2015                                               

Contact:  Eva Calcagno, Director, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, 503-846-3233

Washington County 2016 Community Cultural Participation Grants -- Cycle Opens September 1st

Washington County, Oregon - The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its grant cycle on Tuesday, September 1st.  Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to be used during calendar year 2016. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000 or $2,000. To apply for a $2,000 grant, an organization must be a 501(C)3 non-profit.

Applicants to this grant program can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:

  1. Public Awareness, Audience Building and Participation: Marketing and promotion
  2. Support Existing Cultural Organizations: Professional development and capacity building
  3. Increase Public Art Opportunities: Installations with high impact and/or educational purpose
  4. Support Cultural and Heritage Learning: Education and cultural learning programs/participation
  5. Increase Youth Access to the Arts: School-based arts and cultural opportunities and arts awareness

A strong grant application will address our priorities of promoting cultural diversity, developing community and/or cross-cultural partnerships, providing matching-fund or cost-sharing. Proposals should be geared toward a specific event, activity or communication of the organization.

The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2016 Grant Guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website: Application are submitted online only through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application site,

The grant application period ends October 12th at 5pm. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the grant orientation session scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:30-6:00
Hillsboro Public Library - Main Library Board Room (second floor)
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 97124

The CCWC was established in 2005 to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to promote the cultural identity, quality of life and economic vitality of Washington County and its arts, heritage and humanities organizations. The Coalition has distributed over $385,000 in grants to Washington County based organizations over the last 10 years.

The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature to strengthen Oregon’s culture through the establishment of a permanent endowment. The Trust primarily receives funding from the sale of Cultural license plates and from gifts from individuals and businesses through an Oregon State tax credit program. The Trust invests a portion of proceeds from the endowment in annual grants to Oregon counties and tribal groups, funding for statewide cultural agencies, and competitive grants to cultural non-profits. To learn more about the Trust or to make a donation please visit the website


The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.