Grant funds available to local arts, culture activities

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects involving the arts, humanities, and heritage activities in Linn County. 

The LCCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the Oregon State Cultural Trust, a statewide entity established to promote and strengthen cultural activities in Oregon.

Through local coalitions such as Linn County’s, the Trust distributes funding to all 36 Oregon counties and nine federally recognized Native American tribes. 

LCCC grants are available to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status. An organization or individual sponsored by a qualifying nonprofit may also apply. Grants from the coalition typically range between $250 and $2,500. Awards may be less than the full amount requested. 

For full guidelines for applying for a grant, see the website at linnculture.org, or plan to attend a workshop the coalition will hold on Jan. 6 for persons interested in applying. Details of the workshop will be announced next month. 

Grant applications are available online at linnculture.org/our-grants and at the Linn County Parks Department, 3010 Ferry St. SW, Albany; Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave.; Scio City Hall, 38957 NW 1st Ave.; KGAL radio, 36991 KGAL Drive, Lebanon; and The New Era, 1313 Main St., Sweet Home. 

Deadline for completed grant applications is Feb. 2, 2022. The Coalition board will review the applications and award grants within a few weeks of that date.

Here’s how the Cultural Trust works: As an Oregon taxpayer, you donate to any organization(s) among 1,500 qualified cultural nonprofits. You donate the same amount to the Cultural Trust. Then you take that amount off your state taxes.

Your donation to the Cultural Trust returns to you as a tax credit. Individuals can get a tax credit up to $500, couples up to $1,000, and class-C corporations up to $2,500.

A portion of the funds raised in this way are distributed locally by cultural coalitions like Linn County’s. Each county and federally recognized tribe in Oregon has a cultural coalition.  

For further information, contact Rebecca Bond at (541) 928-0911 or Brian Carroll at (541) 967-3917 or [email protected].

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