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A total of $40,375 was awarded last year to 23 organizations; deadline for grant applications is Oct. 15 at clackamasartsalliance.org/grants/project-grants

The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition is seeking proposals for its grant program to support projects that build cultural infrastructure and remove barriers to participation in local artistic endeavors.

Any Clackamas County-based organization or individual working in the fields of arts, heritage and/or humanities may apply for the Community Cultural Participation Project Grant Program. Tax-exempt status is not a prerequisite.

Project grants will range from $500 to $2,500, and a total of $40,375 was awarded last year to 23 organizations.

Priorities for funding will implement the coalition's vision, which is built around key values of:

1. Increasing public recognition and valuing of local culture

2. Acknowledging the vibrancy that social, cultural and ethnic diversity bring

3. Increasing public participation in local culture

4. Supporting the inclusion of arts and culture in every community.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance Executive Director Cheryl SnowClackamas County Arts Alliance Executive Director Cheryl Snow said the coalition is committed to funding the imaginative and thoughtful work of numerous creative local people and organizations.

"We look forward to supporting first-time grant applicants, in addition to those who are the cornerstones of county cultural life," Snow said.

Deadline for grant applications is Oct. 15. Grant recipients will be notified in January. The County Cultural Plan, project grant applications and complete guidelines are at clackamasartsalliance.org/grants/project-grants.

Individuals and organizations considering applying for a 2019 project grant are encouraged to attend the free orientation workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Room 118 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

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