Clatsop County Cultural Coalition grant awardees

2018 grant winners at the River Inn in Seaside. Back row: Dan McClure, Clatsop College Foundation; Graham Nystrom, Tillicum Foundation/KMUN; Steve Wright, Seaside Museum and History Center; Meagan Sokol, Cannon Beach Arts Association. Front row: Arthur Broten, Tillicum Foundation/KMUN; Greg Jacobs, Finlandia Foundation; Jay Speakman and Jon Broderick, Fisher Poets; Annie Eskelin, Astoria Visual Arts; Denise Fairweather, Fairweather Gallery.

The Clatsop County Cultural Coalition is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust to award funding that supports, maintains, preserves, and promotes cultural programs in visual and performing arts, as well as heritage, and humanities-based projects within Clatsop County. Individuals and groups located within Clatsop County are eligible to apply; applicants must have 501(c)3 not-for-profit status or 501(c)3 organization affiliation. Grants will be awarded in December to support programs and/or activity occurring between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Funding is available for up to $2000 per project, and 2019 offers the most money to be awarded to date with over $10,500 to be distributed. The local coalition will fund projects based on the degree of awareness to culture; support toward preservation, functionality, and/or sustained usage of physical facilities that promote arts and culture; strength of the overall health of existing non-profit organizations, schools, individuals, or business, related to visual and performing arts, heritage and humanities in Clatsop County.

The 2020 application for the Clatsop Cultural Coalition grant is available online at Applications will be accepted starting from Sept. 5, and must be received no later than Oct. 31. The Coalition highly recommends that potential applicants attend one or both workshops, to gather more information about the application process. The first workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at The Art Loft located above Dots N' Doodles at 303 Marine Drive in Astoria, and the second workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Seaside Public Library, located at 1131 Broadway.

Workshops are approximately one hour in duration, provide the opportunity to clarify the most effective approach to grant application, and answer any questions related to the grant guidelines. Successful grant applicants will be notified by December 1, 2019, and invited to receive their checks and speak briefly at the awards ceremony later that month.

For more information, visit the coalition website,, attend a workshop, inquire at, or Charlene Larsen at 503-325-0590.

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