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Oregon Museum Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits to
Preserve the History of the State

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) - Oregon Heritage Commission

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Deadline Date:

05/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations for projects that preserve the state’s history. Funding is intended to support projects that work to preserve and promote the state's history through the maintenance of cultural collections. Awards are given to museums conducting projects for the care and management of heritage collections, for heritage-related tourism, and heritage education and interpretation.

The review committee will consider the following in ranking the grant applications:

  • The capability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project.
  • The effectiveness of the proposed project in the collection and management of heritage collections, the promotion of heritage‐related tourism, or the provision of education and other interpretations related to heritage.
  • The commitment of other significant monetary or in‐kind support to the goals of the project.


  • Projects with a well-prioritized clearly explained the work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Museum size diversity.
  • Projects that take into account the impact of historic events on the collective history of Oregon people, uphold the historical truth about that impact, and incorporate perspectives of all involved.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in-hand.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179928

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, awards are $1,000-$8,000. Due to COVID-19, total grant funding will be determined at the time of the grant awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any qualified museum based in Oregon is eligible to apply. Museums are defined by statute as public institutions or private nonprofit Oregon corporations primarily devoted to the acquisition and public exhibition of specimens, artifacts, articles, documents and other items that relate to history, anthropology, archaeology, heritage, science or art and that have historical significance.

Grant proposals from museums of all sizes and purposes that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged and will be considered.

Museums must meet the following requirements:
- Be in operation in Oregon as a public or private nonprofit for a period of at least two full years prior to the date of the application. The private nonprofits must be incorporated in the State of Oregon.
- Provide museum services open to the public at least 120 hours per year at designated and reasonable hours and places;
- Have a responsible, competent attendant on duty when museum services are provided to the public;
- Be organized as a public or private nonprofit institution that exists on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes;
- Care for and own or use tangible objects; and
- Exhibits the objects to the public on a regular basis through facilities the museum owns or operates.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A free online grant workshop will be held on March 2, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Deadline: May 5, 2021 (11:59 pm)
- Notification: July 1, 2021
- Reporting deadline: April 30, 2022

A dollar match for funds requested is not required, though we encourage you to seek local funding and donations in addition to your grant request. Local support allows the program to assist more museums and shows community value of the project and makes your application more competitive. Match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kuri Gill, Grants and Outreach Coordinator
(503) 986-0685

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