As part of the multi-year Sustaining Oregon’s Arts program, the Oregon Art Commission has awarded $237,500 in Capacity Building Grants to 17 Oregon arts groups.

The grants, which range from $3,100 for upgrading Triangle Production’s office equipment to $24,500 for a capital campaign position at Salem Arts Association, fund projects designed to strengthen organizations and help them better achieve their missions.

Capacity Building Grants enable groups to respond to technology and environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and strengthening management and board governance.

Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant panel, said, “These grants help arts groups keep pace with changing technology or respond to one-time challenges or opportunities. The number of grant requests we received, which far exceeded what we are able to fund, demonstrates that this is an area of great need for the arts field.”

Applications from 40 organizations totaling $756,664 were received, and 17 organizations received $237,500 in grants.

Lakewood Theatre Company received a grant for $11,500. The grant will be used to support the adoption of a new cloud-based database to integrate ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, email marketing and collaboration. The database will allow the company to advance its five-year strategic plan to improve fiscal growth with enhanced communication and better understanding of its users.

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