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Community Arts and Culture (CAC) Grant Program - Core Support Grant

Grants to Oregon Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Support General Operations

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Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council (HACC)

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oregon nonprofit arts and culture organizations in eligible regions for general operations. Funding is intended to increase access to cultural and arts programs for underserved communities. This grant program is intended to provide financial support for organizations that provide arts and culture experiences to the greater Hillsboro community.

Community Arts and Culture Grants are crucial to supporting local arts programs, fostering collaboration between community members, and increasing access to the arts and culture for underserved populations.

Community Arts and Culture Grant Goals:

  • Raise awareness and expand or support existing arts and cultural programs that serves Hillsboro residents;
  • Foster collaboration between community members; and
  • Provide access to arts and cultural experiences for those who are underserved, including those underserved due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, health status, income, lack of transportation, geographic area, or other reasons to be defined in your application.

Core Support Grants

Core Support Grants support the core operations of arts and cultural not-for-profits based in Hillsboro. They are intended to support the core mission of Hillsboro arts and cultural organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178776

Estimated Size of Grant:

Core Support Grants can range from $3,000 to $10,000. Grant requests should be no more than 10% of the applicant’s prior year revenue, and may not exceed $10,000 regardless of the budget size of the applicant. For example, an organization with a prior year revenue of $40,000 may apply for no more than $4,000 (10% of their prior year revenue.) An organization with a prior year revenue of $400,000 may apply for no more than $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be expended between June 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021. If the grant cannot be completed in this timeframe, the Funding Source has the right to require repayment of granted funds. Grant recipients must notify HACC staff, in writing, of any changes related to funded activity.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for a Core Support grant, an organization must:
- Exist as an arts or culture organization based in Hillsboro
- Provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Offer events or activities in Hillsboro
- Provide annual operating budget
- Provide most recent strategic plan or organizational plan
- Provide a roster of board members
- Have IRS 501(c)(3) status. A letter verifying status may be requested.

Note: Organizations may apply for a Project Grant, a Core Support Grant, a Venue Grant or all three grants.

Funding restrictions are as follows:
- Organizations that do not serve the greater Hillsboro community
- Permanent Building improvements (including, but not limited to: construction or renovation of facilities, lighting or sound systems, hanging systems, or security systems)
- Academic tuition
- Debt retirement or operational deficit
- Food or beverages
- Travel expenses (including gas or mileage reimbursements)
- Lobbying expenses
- Dues for memberships to professional or artistic organizations

Other Restrictions
- Previously funded organizations should be current on all HACC grant agreements and submit Final Report forms for all completed HACC grants (any history of non-compliance may affect grant awards).
- For funded projects that are still in progress, the organization is required to submit a Progress Report form.
- The number of grants and amount awarded annually is dependent upon available HACC funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020. Applications must be submitted by email Melissa Moore or received at the Walters Cultural Arts Center by 5 PM.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with HACC staff regarding eligibility.

Applications submitted by the Review and Revise deadline are eligible to be reviewed by staff and organizations will be notified of any causes for disqualification. The Review and Revise deadline for the 2020-21 grant cycle is 5 pm, February 7, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of awards by April 30, 2020.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application to:
Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council
527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Questions to:
Melissa Moore
Community Arts Program Supervisor

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Greater Hillsboro

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