Washington County Community Cultural Participation Grant Cycle Opens

MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate release
Date:   February 14, 2013
Contact:  Eva Calcagno, Director
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
503-846-3233

Washington County Community Cultural Participation Grant Cycle Opens

Washington County, Oregon - The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) opens its 2013 grant cycle on February 19, 2013.  Washington County based not-for-profit arts, heritage and humanities organizations may apply for $1000 or $2000 grants for activities, events or communication that will: build awareness of the role and value of arts, heritage or humanities and increase public participation; promote youth access to arts, heritage or humanities to enhance learning and healthy human development; support existing Washington County cultural organizations; or integrate cultural development with economic development policies.  To apply for a $2000 grant, an organization must be a 501c3 non-profit.
 
The Washington County Cultural Plan, detailed 2013 Grant Guidelines, and application instructions for the Community Cultural Participation grant program are available online on the CCWC website: www.culturalcoalitionofwashingtoncounty.org.  Application are submitted online through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application site, www.racc.org/grants/countyapps.
 
The grant application period ends April 1st at 5pm.  Funds are to be used for projects taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant orientation sessions scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, February 27th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at Beaverton City Hall, First Floor Conference Room, 4755 SW Griffith Dr., Beaverton
  • Thursday, February 28th from 3pm to 4:30pm,.  Hillsboro Shute Park Library, Conference Room, 775 SE Tenth Ave., Hillsboro.

The Coalition (formerly the Washington County Arts, Heritage and Humanities Coalition) 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 $263,000 in grants to Washington County based organizations over the last eight 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 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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