Deadline April 13th: Culture Development Grants Due Soon!

Oregon Cultural Trust Grants!

It’s crunch time for cultural grant writers in Oregon – applications for FY2019 Cultural Development Grants are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

The grants are designed to support cultural projects that address one of four application categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. In 2017 the Cultural Trust awarded 86 grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000, with an average grant amount of $11,050. FY2019 grants, to be announced this summer, will fund projects and activities that occur between Aug.1, 2018 and July 30, 2019.

Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the funding the Trust provides for Oregon’s cultural organizations. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives.

Trust Manager Aili Schreiner has limited appointments remaining for scheduled application consultations between now and the April 13 application deadline. Please email to set up a call.

Salem Heritage All-Star PR Outline

At the meeting on Tuesday, Travel Salem generously offered to prepare a draft Public Relations Plan to help get the word out about Salem’s new Designation as a Heritage All-Star Community.  Below is a copy of this draft for your review and comment.

Travel Salem will do all items in italics.

 Local Media:

  • Presentations
    • Salem City Council – Kimberli will set up
    • Marion County Commissioners – Kimberli or heritage community to present
  • Print
    • Send press release to:
      • Local newspapers within M & P county (e.g. Statesman, Willamette Weekly) 
      • Pitch to cultural heritage & preservation publications
      • City of Salem Urban Development (Nicole Miller is the PR person for Urban Development)
      • Travel Salem, Chamber of Commerce, SEDCOR
      • Travel Oregon
      • Salem Neighborhood Associations (Kimberli)
  • Broadcast
    • Send press release and/or 30 second PSA to:
      • Local radio stations (e.g. KMUZ, KBZY)
      • CCTV
      • Portland TV (e.g. Channel 2,6,8,12)
      • Contact Drew Carney re: first signs installed


  • Social Media
    • Travel Salem, Chamber, SEDCOR etc. to post on their Facebook page
    • Each heritage site to post on their Facebook page