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Applicants must describe the public purpose, benefit, and their project-management experience.

FILE PHOTO - Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra has recieved grants from Gresham in the past. Applications are now open for the city of Gresham's Arts and Cultural Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2017-18, which aids local groups that enrich the arts, culture and heritage of the community.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations physically located within city limits and to Gresham residents who have partnered with a qualifying nonprofit. Proposals, which are due by 9 a.m., Aug. 15, should address at least one of the grant objectives. These include exposure to art, particularly for families and children, collaboration between artists and community organizations, and enhancement of Gresham's arts and culture organizations or artists.

The categories for the grant range from performing arts, festivals and parades, folk arts, literature, media arts, visual arts, museum exhibits and classes, and the heritage and preservation of Gresham's history.

Applicants must describe the public purpose, benefit, and their project-management experience. They also must submit a detailed budget with their application. A volunteer committee, which will include a Gresham City Councilor, will award the grants in late August.

Previous grants have supported events like the popular "Music Mondays" summer concerts at the Gresham Arts Plaza, a planned public art installation at a local park, and a family-friendly musical production.

Find applications and more information at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Arts-and-Cultural-Grants/.

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