Learn about grant programs from multiple funders at February regional workshop.

More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust's Statewide Partners and other funders for "Conversations with Funders and Partners," a 14-stop state tour, running from Feb. 6 through March 8.

Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.

In Central Oregon, the group will meet near Bend on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the High Desert Museum, 59800 U.S. Highway 97, from 4:30-7 p.m. Registration is not required. Representatives from the Statewide Partners, the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, will be joined by counterparts from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council for some of the events. Organizations encouraged to attend "Conversations with Funders and Partners" include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome. "There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds and significant programming resources that are here to support them." Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2018 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines will be posted on the trust website with an April 13 application deadline. Development Grants The Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access, preservation, creativity, and capacity. Since 2017 is projected to be a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $2.94 million.

Cultural Development Grants represent one-third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits.

Other funding includes grants to the trust's five statewide partners, to support their projects and respective grant programs, and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants. The next Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug. 1, 2018, and July 30, 2019.

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