The Deschutes Cultural Coalition awards grants up to $3000 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 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.

2020-2021 Grant program

Grant Criteria

Grant awards typically range from $500 to $3,000 each.  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.


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

Non-Eligible Projects

  • Individuals

  • Endowment building

  • Debt reduction

  • Bricks and Mortar campaigns

  • Private/Public Schools




Application Closed

Applications Open: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Application Deadline: 5pm, November 20, 2020

Funding Decisions:  December 2020

Funding Distribution: January 2021

past grants

2019-20 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

2018-19 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