Cultural Coalition of Washington County Awards over $38,000 in Grants to Local Organizations, Announces New Grant Cycle for 2014

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Eva Calcagno, Director
Washington County Cooperative
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Cultural Coalition of Washington County Awards over $38,000 in Grants to Local Organizations, Announces New Grant Cycle for 2014

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) recently awarded grants totaling $38,145 to 28 county organizations for cultural projects to be conducted between July 2013 and June 2014.  Grants were distributed through a competitive process to address goals of the Washington County Cultural Plan in amounts ranging from $500 to $2000.

The total amount distributed was about the same as the previous year, but distributed to more organizations.  Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually for re-distribution to support local community cultural programs.  This year’s awards bring the total benefit to the county over the past eight years to $301,221.

To celebrate their achievements and the importance of cultural programming to the economic, civic, and educational vibrancy of the county, the CCWC, in partnership with Pamplin Media and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, is hosting a reception to honor the work of the 2013-14 grant recipients. The reception, which includes presentations and performances by several grant recipients, takes place Wednesday, July 24th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at Aloha’s beautiful Jenkins Estate.  Natalie Sept, Congesswoman Bonamici's Legislative Aide and an accomplished painter, will be the emcee.

“Our outreach efforts over the last year have paid off.  We received a record number of applications and they were all worthy of funding.  Unfortunately we did not have enough funds to do so,” noted Georgia Harker, Coalition Chair.  A total of 40 applications were received from a variety of large and small arts, heritage and humanities organizations from across the county.  Five first-time applicants were awarded grants.  Grants will support projects including music, dance, theater, children’s programs, community events, heritage, and art experiences in communities from Beaverton to North Plains, Hillsboro to Sherwood.

There is a glimmer of hope for those organizations that were not funded.  In order to better align its grant cycle with the Oregon Cultural Trust’s funding cycle, the CCWC will initiate a second grant process this year.  In September applications will be accepted to fund projects and events in calendar year 2014.  This will move the CCWC from a fiscal year to a calendar year cycle.  Both grant recipients and non-recipients may apply for funding in this new cycle. Details will be available soon on the CCWC website: www.culturalcoalitionofwashingtoncounty.org.

The CCWC was appointed in February 2005 by the Washington County Board of Commissioners to administer and distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support locally based arts, heritage and humanities projects.  The Oregon Cultural Trust receives its funding from donors who receive a generous state tax credit for giving as long as their contribution to the Trust is matched by equal or greater charitable gifts to any number of Oregon’s 1,300 cultural nonprofits.  For more information about the Cultural Trust visit www. culturaltrust.org. 

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.

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