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Local arts groups get grants from coalition

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CWCC) recently awarded 38 grants totaling $54,514 to local organizations for cultural projects in 2016.

The grants were distributed through a competitive process to address the goals of the Washington County Cultural Plan in amounts that ranged from $500 to $1,900.

Eleven organizations are first-time recipients, including three school-based projects.

Grants support projects in the areas of music, dance, theater, children’s programs, community events, reading programs and much more.

Thanks to increased support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually to support local community cultural programs, the total amount distributed for 2016 was $8,900 more than for 2015.

“The Coalition continues to try to reach new, local organizations. Even small grants make a big difference,” said Elaine Worden, who is the Coalition Chair.

This year’s awards brought the 10-year total for grants distributed in Washington County to more than $439,000, according to Eva Calcagno, Director of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Oregon residents can donate to the Oregon Cultural Trust and then match that with a donation to a local arts, heritage or humanities organization. At tax time, the donation to the local organization qualifies as a charitable contribution, and the donation to the Trust can be deducted as a full tax credit.

For more details on the program or to make a donation, visit the Oregon Cultural Trust website at culturaltrust.org.

Any donations made through Dec. 31 will support the grant pool for 2017.

The end of the year also marks a change for the Cultural Coalition Board. Georgia Harker, who served on the Cultural Coalition for six years as vice chair, is rotating off.