The Cultural Coalition of Washington County recently awarded more than $37,000 in grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to 30 local arts organizations, including five first-time applicants, for cultural projects in 2014.

The following local grants are among those that have been awarded to support music, theater, storytelling, dance, children’s programs, art, poetry and community events in Forest Grove and Cornelius:

n Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity received $500 to assist with their Voices of Africa project.

n Centro Cultural de Washington County received $1,500 to go toward their applied theater project.

n Free Orchards Elementary School received $2,000 to help with their art literacy and literature programs.

n Theatre in the Grove received $2,000 for their CAST Playhouse program.

Grant funding comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which receives its support from a tax-credit program.

For a complete list of the 30 grant winners throughout Washington County, visit and for more information.

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