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Three dozen groups will share $55,650 from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which reserves 25% of its grant money for counties and tribes to distribute to local organizations.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Cultural Coalition of Washington County, created by county commissioners in 2005, has announced its 2020 award recipients. Three dozen organizations will share $55,650 from the Oregon Cultural Trust for projects this year.Three dozen organizations will share more than $55,000 awarded by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County for projects during 2020.

The money comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to counties and tribes to support community cultural programs. This year's awards of $55,650 will bring Washington County's total over the past 16 years to $675,000. The Oregon Cultural Trust reserves 25% of its grant money for counties and tribes to make awards to community organizations.

The awards are competitive — amounts range from $500 to $3,000 — and aimed at fulfilling goals of the county cultural plan. Maximum grants of $3,000 went to the Beaverton Education Foundation for 700 middle school students to participate in a band or choir festival, and to World Music for Tigard-Tualatin School District for elementary school students to start world music.

Most grants are in the range of $1,000 to $1,800.

Grants will support projects in music, dance, theater, children's programs, community events, library programs, heritage, marketing, and art experiences in communities from Aloha to Tualatin to Cornelius and all points in between.

"Our local arts, culture, heritage organizations and schools rely on funding to provide educational and cultural programming for our communities," said Melissa Moore, Cultural Coalition chair. "The coalition is pleased to invest the Oregon Cultural Trust funding at the local level in Washington County."

A complete list will be available on the coalition website:

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