Free workshops Sept. 6 and 8

Lincoln County Cultural Coalition opens FY2024 grant cycle

The Lincoln County Cultural Coalition (LCCC) will open applications for its FY2024 grant cycle, funding programs delivering arts, culture, heritage, and humanities to the residents of Lincoln County. Coalition members encourage nonprofits, individuals, schools, and civic organizations throughout Lincoln County to learn more and apply online at www.lincolncountycc.org. Applications are due no later than October 15th at 11:59pm. 

Last year, Lincoln County Cultural Coalition awarded $30,500 to 17 local nonprofits and schools. Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Lincoln County, and/or those that provide significant programming here. Individuals and other groups may also apply, if they are sponsored by a qualified nonprofit organization. Awards of up to $2,000 are available this grant cycle. Oregon Cultural Trust provides funding for these grants by way of annual taxpayer contributions through the state’s unique Cultural Tax Credit. Those donations help to fuel culture statewide, with large, competitive grants as well as cultural participation programs in rural and less-populous areas.

Would-be applicants should note that their program or project must take place between January 1st and December 31st, 2024, and one of the following coalition priorities must be addressed: Improving access to cultural experiences, raising the cultural awareness of youth, or facilitating infrastructure improvements. In response to the ongoing threat to our vital cultural organizations as a result of the pandemic, the coalition will also consider requests for general operating support and capacity building projects, if submitted by nonprofits whose missions address the priorities listed above. 

In addition to offering the annual County Cultural Grants, LCCC is also accepting applications for 2024 funding by the Mark Sponenburgh Memorial Trust (SMT). This granting opportunity, through Lincoln County Foundation, is open to schools, individuals, civic groups, and nonprofits working in arts education. Eligible projects will support arts education for elementary and middle school students, with a priority placed on music education. SMT awards of up to $3,500 are available this grant cycle.

Visit the coalition’s website, at www.lincolncountycc.org, to access the shared application form for LCCC and SMT funds, as well as guidelines and detailed grant information. Additional questions or requests for accommodations may be sent to LCCC chair, Niki Price, lcccdirector@gmail.com.

Would you like to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply? This year, the Coalition is offering two free Coalition-specific grantwriting workshops:

In Person: September 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center

Online: September 8, 2023, at noon, via Zoom.

This workshop is your gateway to better understanding the grant application process and securing funding for your artistic endeavors. Led by seasoned experts from the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition, this informative session will guide you through the essential elements of a successful grant proposal. Whether you’re a seasoned grant writer looking to refine your skills or a newcomer eager to learn, this workshop will empower you to craft a compelling grant application.

Registration: Attendance is free, but space is limited. Secure your free spot by registering at http://lincolncountycc.org/workshops. Join us and take the first step towards deepening your impact on Lincoln County’s cultural landscape!

Grant-funded projects in FY2023

In December 2022, grants were made to the following organizations for projects taking place in 2023:

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium (Library Culture Pass for Aquarium)
  • Music is Instrumental (Instrument Repair & Refurbish)
  • Oregon Coast Youth Symphony (Youth Symphony Festival)
  • Central Coast Chorale (now Coastal Voices) (general operating support)
  • Coastal Arts Guild (Oregon Coast Art Bus)
  • Coastal Act Productions (scenic projections)
  • Conexion Fenix (Ballet Folklorico operating support)
  • Lincoln City Playhouse (youth theatre)
  • North Lincoln County Historical Museum (interactive exhibit)
  • Oregon Arts Watch (cultural event coverage)
  • Polly Plumb Productions (open mic nights)

LCCC also supported the following local arts education projects for youth, in partnership with the Lincoln County Foundation’s Mark Sponenburgh Memorial Trust:

  • Artists Studio Association (Art Smart)
  • Lincoln City Cultural Center (Art Kit Outreach)
  • Newport Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Youth Program)
  • Siletz Bay Music Festival (free community concerts)
  • St. James Santiago School (10th anniversary production)
  • Toledo High School (sound equipment upgrades)