Grants

The Deschutes Cultural Coalition awards grants up to $5000 to arts and cultural organizations in Deschutes County.

Cultural Grants

The Deschutes Cultural Coalition is seeking applications for grant funding from all

sectors within the culture field including arts, heritage, and humanities.  Grant funding is sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust and Deschutes County and must support projects and activities that address one of the four priorities outlined within the Deschutes Cultural Plan:

  • Encourage greater awareness of local culture.

  • Ensure that a variety of cultural resources and programming are accessible to all

  • Provide cultural education in Deschutes County

  • Help new and established cultural organizations increase their capacity to fulfill their mission.

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2023 Cultural Grant program

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Funding

Grant funding is sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust and Deschutes County. The partnership with the county, which began in 2022 and will continue into 2023, aims to help cultural nonprofits rebuild infrastructure and capacity lost during the pandemic.  

Grant Criteria

Grant awards typically range from $500 to $5,000 each (increased from $3000 in  past years). The most competitive applications will provide some matching resources, either in contributed goods and services or cash funding. Proposals from applicants with innovative projects or programming that offers increased accessibility to a broader audience base will generally be considered more competitive, as will projects that rebuild infrastructure and/or capacity lost during the pandemic. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Deschutes County - based humanities, heritage or arts organizations

  • Designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations

  • Established for at least one year

  • Prior grant awardees must have submitted all project reports

 

Eligible Projects

  • Performances and Exhibits

  • Expansion or innovation of program services

  • Program needs in response to the COVID pandemic  

  • Teaching and Mentoring Services

  • Technology support

  • Rebuilding operation or program capacity lost during the pandemic

Non-Eligible Projects

  • Individuals

  • Endowment building

  • Debt reduction

  • Bricks and Mortar campaigns

  • Private/Public Schools

 

 

 

Applications Open: Monday, November 21, 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2023

Funding Decisions:  January 2023

Funding Distribution: February 2023

past grants

2022 County Support Grants

BEAT Children's Theatre                         $2,500
Cascades Theatrical Company               $2,000
COSA, Inc.                                                $2,000
Deschutes County Historical Society      $1,200
Deschutes Public Library Foundation      $2,000
High Desert Chamber Music                    $1,800
High Desert Museum                                $1,250
Opera Bend                                               $1,000
Scalehouse                                                 $1,500
Sisters Arts Association                             $1,550
Sisters Folk Festival Inc.                            $1,000
Sunriver Music Festival                              $1,000
The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series

of the COCC Foundation                         $1,200
Tower Theatre Foundation                       $1,250

2022 Grants

​BEAT Children's Theatre                            $1,500
BendFilm                                                     $1,000
Cascade Horizon Band Association          $1,000
Cascade School of Music                          $2,000
Central Oregon Center for the Arts          $3,000
Central Oregon Youth Orchestra              $1,000
COC Foundation -- The Nancy R.
Chandler Lecture Series                            $1,000
COSA, Inc.                                                  $2,000
Deschutes County Historical Society        $2,000
Ellipse Theatre Community                       $2,500
High Desert Chamber Music                     $1,000
High Desert Museum                                 $2,000
Opera Bend                                                $3,000
Scalehouse                                                  $2,000
Sisters Folk Festival Inc.                                $500
Sunriver Music Festival                              $2,500
Tower Theatre Foundation                        $1,500
KPOV                                                              $500
World Muse                                                 $2,000

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2021 Grants

 

BendFilm, Inc.                                  $1,750

Cascade School of Music                $1,000

COCC Foundation – The Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program                 $ 2,100

COSA, Inc.                                        $2,500

High Desert Chamber Music          $1,500

High Desert Mural Festival             $1,000

High Desert Museum,                     $1,750

Scalehouse,                                      $1,000

Silent Echo Theater Company        $2,500

Sisters Folk Festival Inc.                   $2,000

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show            $1,500

Sunriver Music Festival                    $2,000

World Muse                                      $2,000

2020 Grants

 

BEAT                                               $3,000

Bend Film                                       $1,000

Central Oregon Youth Orchestra $1,800

COCC Afrocentric Studies Club   $2,900

High Desert Chamber Music        $1,000

High Desert Museum                    $2,000

KPOV                                                 $500

New Oregon Arts & Letters          $2,000

OperaBend                                     $2,000

Sisters Art Association                    $2,000

Sunriver Music Festival                   $1,500

The Tower Theatre Foundation     $2,000

2019 Grants

 

BEAT                                                 $1,000

Bend Art Center                              $1,700

Bend Film                                         $1,000

Central Oregon Symphony Assoc.    $500

Central Oregon Youth Orchestra    $1,000

Deschutes Historical Society           $2,300

Deschutes Public Library                 $1,000

High Desert Chamber Music           $1,000

High Desert Museum                       $2,500

LaPine Park and Rec Foundation    $3,000

Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of the COCC Foundation                           $2,500

Sisters Art Association                      $1,000

Sunriver Music Festival                     $3,000

The Tower Theatre Foundation       $1,000

Waterston Desert Writing                   $500