Grant makers offering more than $5 million in funding for FY2021 will participate in the Oregon Cultural Trust’s 2020 “Conversations with Funders and Partners” from Feb. 19 through March 12 throughout Oregon. The eight-stop series of informal information sessions will enable grant seekers to learn about funding programs available and give them the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming.
The Tillamook event is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, from 3:00-6:00pm in the Tillamook County Library Hatfield Room (1716 Third St., Tillamook). Registration is not required.

Participating with the Cultural Trust will be representatives from four of its Statewide Partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office – as well as counterparts from The Oregon Community Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Travel Oregon, Oregon Parks and Recreation (three locations), the State Library of Oregon, the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (Salem only) and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland only); among others.
Representatives from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC), who receive Trust funding for local grant programs, also will participate.
Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders and Partners” include community development organizations, libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, parks and trails groups, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.
“There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Aili Schreiner, Oregon Cultural Trust manager. “We want to make sure they know about the significant funding and programming resources that are here to support them.”
Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Program
Among the funding opportunities discussed at the Conversations events will be the Cultural Trust’s FY2021 Cultural Development Program (funds to be awarded summer of 2020).
The Cultural Development Program recognizes and supports significant projects through four program funded categories: Access; Preservation; Creativity; and Capacity.
In 2019 the Cultural Trust awarded more than $2.7 million in statewide grants. Cultural Development Program grants represent one third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – to support their mission goals and respective funding programs – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives, projects and programs.
FY2021 Cultural Development Program grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021. Grant guidelines are now posted here for a Friday, April 17, application deadline. For more information contact Aili Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or 503-986-0089.