Grant Application

The deadline for the 2018 Cultural Opportunity Grant is September 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Grants will only be accepted via our online process. If you need special consideration please email us on our Contact Page.

Requests must conform to the objectives found in the Priorities for Action found in A Plan for Cultural Development in Marion County.

Successful grantees will be notified by November 1, 2017 with an award reception to be held December 5, 2017. Representation at this event is expected.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible Applicants

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to incorporated non-profit organ­izations qualifying as tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Unincorporated groups or individuals can apply if sponsored by a tax-exempt organization or local unit of government for the purposes of the grant proposal. Grant award funds will be made to the sponsoring tax-exempt organization. The sponsoring non-profit must indicate that it has authorization to act as your fiscal agent. This may come in the form of a board resolution or motion stating that the organization is legally able to serve as your sponsor and identifying an authorized official. If the proposal is successfully funded, the sponsoring non-profit official will sign the contract. Documentation outlining this relationship should be attached to the application or mailed to arrive by the grant deadline.

Applicant organizations must maintain their registered headquarters in Marion County. Awarded funds must primarily benefit Marion County residents.

In keeping with Oregon Cultural Trust guidelines, MCDC limits funding to the same applicant to two consecutive years. After sitting out the third year, applicants are welcome to apply again.

MCDC is unable to supplant funding lost from school budgets, but we encourage groups concerned about lack of resources for cultural education to partner with an existing 501(c)(3) sponsor or form their own.

What Do We Fund?

MCDC grants are awarded in amounts up to $2000 and are meant to seed an initial project or event, or to fund a part of an ongoing project. Applications seeking more than $2000 from MCDC will not be considered.

Grant awards will be directed to those proposals that:

  • Fulfill one or more of the following priorities: (Refer to the Cultural Plan for detailed priorities)
    • PRIORITY 1: Promote awareness of Marion County's cultural assets and their value.
    • PRIORITY 2: Strengthen communities by upholding diverse cultural traditions as well as vital urban centers and the distinctive character of small towns and neighborhoods.
    • PRIORITY 3: Inspire youth to engage in creative expression and heritage activities and support their efforts to develop cultural awareness and proficiency.
  • Result in a demonstrable benefit to the residents of and visitors to Marion County.

As a general rule, grants will not be awarded directly to a commercial enterprise. Exceptions to the normal exclusion might include strategies for marketing commercial enterprises that are part of a larger cultural tourism proposal aimed at stimulating the economic vitality of a community or area within Marion County.

Grant Awards

Notification will be made to all applicants as to the status of their funding request. Grants that are funded will receive an award letter and contract. MCDC holds an annual awards ceremony where grantees receive their award. Return of the signed contract agreement signifies receipt of the funds and consent to execute the proposal and expend the funds in the stated period.

Final Reports

Individuals and organizations receiving Grants must complete a Final Report online. Reports must be submitted by December 31 of the grant year. Example, if you apply in Fall 2017, those funds are for use in 2018, you should submit a final report no later than December 31 of 2018. Details are also included in contracts that all awardees receive and sign.

All grantees are subject to audit by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

To submit a Final Report for a previous year - Click Here

Recovery of Grant Awards

In the event of non-compliance with the conditions of the grant award, the corporation may recall the award, both the amount of expended funds and unexpended balance together.

How to Apply:

Grant application is made online. Please complete the application completely. New for 2018, applicants must also submit a Budget Plan. To download the Budget Plan PDF document click the following link: Budget Plan. Once downloaded, you will need to print, fill out by hand, then scan the Budget Plan for uploading on our application form.