Grant Guidelines

Learn about the guidelines to follow when applying for a grant through Malheur Cultural Trust.

  1. Please submit an original application and 2 copies (total of 3), postmarked by March 14, 2023.
  2. Applications may be downloaded from this website, or to have an application mailed to you, call 541-889-1996.
  3. Mail your completed application to: Malheur County Cultural Trust, Grant Application, 821 SW 2nd Street, Ontario, OR 97914.
  4. Completed applications must be in 12 point font and double spaced.
  5. Funding for the Malheur County Cultural Trust Grants is derived from donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust Fund, amounts available will vary each year. For the 2023 grant cycle, it is estimated that approximately $10,000 will be available for cultural projects.
  6. The applicant must be a resident of Malheur County or maintain a registered headquarters in Malheur County.
  7. The proposal will result in a demonstrable benefit to the residents/visitors to Malheur County.
  8. Individuals and for-profit organizations must apply with support of an established 501(c)(3) organization. The letter of support should be attached to the grant application.
  9. All projects must demonstrate applicant support by match, either cash or in-kind. Priority points will be awarded to projects with 50% of the project cost provided in cash by the applicant. This cash match can be from any source, including other grant funds. In-kind match will be limited to 25% of the total cost of the project.
  10. The proposal must fulfill one or more of the four goals (directives) stated in the Malheur County Cultural Development Action Plan. For a copy of the plan, download here or request a copy by calling Charlotte Fugate at 541-889-1996.
  11. Grants will be awarded for selected projects by March 14, 2023 and recipients will be notified of the awards.
  12. A progress report will be required by awardees at the end of the calendar year or at the end of the project, which ever comes first. If the project is not completed by year end, a second report will be required at the end of the project. In the report(s) benchmarks, both qualitative and quantitative, will need to be identified for the grant and projects progress, as well as the impact on Malheur County. Failure to complete this step will eliminate the awardees from any future grant funds.
  13. As a general rule, grants will not be made directly to a commercial enterprise. An exception might be strategies for marketing commercial enterprises that are part of a larger cultural tourism proposal aimed at stimulating the economic vitality of a community or area.
  14. Oral presentations may be requested by the Awards Committee.
  15. All awards will include a contract or agreement stipulating the conditions of the award, the term to complete the project, required match and required documentation and reporting. MCCT may add additional requirements as appropriate. Each project will include public recognition that funds came in part from the MCCT and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
  16. In the event of non-compliance with the conditions of the grant award, MCCT may recall the award and both expended and unexpended monies.
  17. For questions regarding this application please contact Chairman, Robin Jackson – 208-739-0358 or Secretary, Charlotte Fugate – 541-889-1996.

To view the complete Development Plan click here.

For Grant Application click here.