Legislature allocates millions to cultural groups across the state
Oregon's Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support Program will provide funding to cultural organizations throughout the state that are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emergency Board of the Legislature recently approved $25.9 million in funding for the preservation and advancement of Oregon culture — the fund will provide Yamhill County with approximately $650,000. Any cultural organization in Oregon may apply.
The state announced Thursday, Aug. 13, that the funds will be "for business, innovation and trade, for providing financial assistance to arts organizations and cultural and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic."
Individual artists are not eligible for funding, but the Oregon Cultural Trust says a separate program for them is forthcoming. Funds meted to cultural organizations can only be used on certain expenses and will be audited by the federal government hereafter.
Recipients will be asked to show documentation of how they spent the money and could be subjected to legal action if any fraudulent activity is suspected.
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