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Oregon Cultural Trust 

Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testimony to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving.

As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established 19 years ago by the Oregon Legislature as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state.

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Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust.

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The Trust, in turn, funds the artists, potters, rappers, acrobats thinkers and dreamers who make Oregon, Oregon.


In 2017 Oregonians gave $4.9 million to the Cultural Trust, our all-time record. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund.


Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners45 County and Tribal Coalitions and qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.

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