Oregon Culture Trust Announces Record-Setting Grant Awards

Today the Oregon Cultural Trust marks its 20th anniversary by announcing a record-setting $3,709,852 in grant awards to 140 cultural organizations across the state. Made possible by generous Oregonians who invested a record $5.2 million in the cultural tax credit in 2020, this year’s awards bring the cumulative total of Cultural Trust grants to more than $36 million since its founding in 2001.

The FY2022 awards include a total of $813,610 to the Cultural Trust’s five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $813,610 to 45 County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions – who award an average of 450 additional awards annually in their communities; and $1,627,220 in competitive Cultural Development Program awards to 90 cultural organizations serving most geographic regions of the state.

“In its first 20 years the Cultural Trust has proven itself as a stable source of funding for Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities community,” said Niki Price, chair of the Cultural Trust board. “Thanks to the Oregonians who participate in the cultural tax credit we have raised more than $74 million in support of culture statewide. It is gratifying to announce our largest pool of grants ever as we celebrate this important milestone.” 

“We estimate we are now approaching 10,000 in total grants awarded since the Cultural Trust was formed,” said Brian Rogers, executive director. “That is a truly remarkable number – and it doesn’t include the 621 awards made last year through the Coronavirus Relief Fund for Cultural Support, nor the upcoming cycle of American Rescue Plan grant awards for cultural organizations made possible by the Oregon Legislature, and administered along with Business Oregon. Our value and commitment to the cultural vitality of the state is clear.” 

The FY2022 Cultural Development Program award recipients feature 22 organizations receiving their first-ever Cultural Trust award, 68 percent of which are located outside of Portland.

Here are the organizations in our metro which will receive funds.

Southern Region

Anima Mundi Productions, Phoenix: $18,357

To support the commissioning and performance of new works by Pacific Northwest-based composers of color and a series of community outreach events to connect young people in marginalized communities with these performances via BIPOC-led organizations.

McKee Bridge Historical Society, Jacksonville: $8,146

To support a mandatory structural inspection to keep 104-yr-old covered McKee Bridge open to the public, including research to confirm that its engineering is unique and design/production of interpretive materials to educate the public.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association , Medford: $10,643

To support organizational awareness and the generation of a comprehensive strategic plan to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the Rogue Valley Chorale Association.

Southern Oregon University, Ashland: $30,154

To support the restoration of Native American access to First Foods and other cultural plants of significance in Southwestern Oregon through the Indigenous Gardens Network. 

Southern Oregon University Foundation, Ashland: $31,620

To support All My Relations, a program providing access for Native American families to Indigenous cultural arts, heritage and history through bi-weekly virtual Longhouse nights that are planned and facilitated by Native American instructors and artists.