OCF gives $5,000 grant to Hood River Cultural Trust

Hood River Cultural Trust received a $5,000 grant in November to prepare and implement a public art plan in Hood River County.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) Board of Directors approved more than $3.1 million in 204 grants to metropolitan Portland nonprofits. The grants include first-time grants from the Small Arts and Culture program.

Recent research revealed that of the 1,468 registered arts and culture nonprofit organizations in Oregon, more than 60 percent have budgets under $100,000. Although these organizations are central to the vitality of Oregon’s communities, they are often not eligible or competitive for traditional grant programs from many foundations. In response to this need, OCF will invest $300,000 annually for five years to support small community-driven arts and culture organizations.

“Arts and culture nonprofits throughout Oregon play a critical role in creating vibrant and accessible arts communities of all sizes,” said OCF President and CEO Max Williams.

“It is exciting to be able to support these organizations in communities around the state.”

In the Portland metro region in 2014, 29 Small Arts and Culture grants totaling more than $172,000 were awarded to organizations including: Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, Portland; $5,000 to bring four performances of selections from Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, together with the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

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