Deschutes Cultural Coalition

The Arts & Culture Alliance is the fiscal sponsor of the Deschutes Cultural Coalition grant funded by Oregon Cultural Trust.

Grant Application and Guidelines

The Deschutes Cultural Coalition is seeking applicants for grant funding from all sectors within the non-profit culture field including arts, heritage, and humanities.  Grant funding is provided  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 cultural resources are accessible to all residents.

  • Utilize local cultural resources to promote economic vitality.

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


2019 Grant Awards

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.


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

​2019-2020 Application Timeline:

Application due: November 18, 2019
Funding decisions: Mid-December, 2019
Funding distribution: January 2020

How to Apply:

A complete submittal will include a Deschutes Cultural Coalition grant application form (attached) with responses to the questions indicated. A copy of the organization’s current IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter will be required from all new applicants. One copy of the most recently completed fiscal year financial report. Only one copy of the application packet is required. Submit to the address at the end of this document.


Grant applications are to be emailed to the Deschutes Cultural Coalition by 5:00 p.m. November 18th, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

Application Submission:

Email as an attachment to

Review Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on how well the proposed project or activity addresses the priorities of the Deschutes Cultural Plan. Projects must address one of the four priorities listed at the beginning of these guidelines. Each priority will be given equal weight in the application review and scoring process.

Review Process:

Applications for funding will be reviewed by the Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Post-Award Requirements:

Acknowledgement of Funding: Grant recipients must state in all media announcements, marketing materials, and information campaigns that their activities are supported by a grant from the Deschutes Cultural Coalition with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support Oregon’s arts, heritage, and the humanities.

Final Report:

Grant recipients will submit a final report to the Deschutes Cultural Coalition within 12 months of the award date. The final report must describe the results of the project or activity, provide evidence of collaboration, detail how grant funds and matching contributions were used, and explain how outreach to underserved populations or regions of Deschutes County was achieved. Information provided in the final report will be assessed against benchmarks in the Deschutes Cultural Plan and used by the Cultural Coalition to plan future initiatives.


Further Information Questions concerning the application process should be directed to