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The Josephine County Cultural Coalition works to foster a culturally rich community in Josephine County by encouraging participation in the arts, heritage, humanities, and culture through education, activities, fundraising, and grant awards. Learn more about Josephine County Cultural Coalition.

The coalition is part of the Oregon Cultural Trust network.

Mini-grants awarded for 2021

The following Josephine County arts and culture organizations have been awarded mini-grants for projects taking place through December 2021:

  • Grants Pass Museum of Art
  • Cave Junction Farmer’s Market
  • Three Rivers Chorale
  • Rogue Valley Messenger
  • Art with Ariana
  • Illinois Valley Rotary Club
Members of the Three Rivers Chorale rehearse in person, but at safe distances.

In Josephine County, we have a wonderful Rogue River, great hikes in the outdoors, and growing cultural venues that create a positive economic impact in our area. Both culture and the outdoors contribute to a good quality of life here in our valley. One of our best-kept secrets, however,  is how the Oregon Cultural Trust protects that quality of life.

Uniquely Oregonian, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established in 2001 to support art, heritage, history and humanities; together they define our cultural character. Our very own Brady Adams was Senate President when the Oregon Cultural Trust was created.

The Cultural Trust empowers Oregonians to double the impact of their cultural giving at no additional cost to them.

Make a donation to one or more of Oregon’s 1,400+ cultural nonprofits, then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust by December 31. You get 100 percent of the Cultural Trust donation back when you file your state taxes, and the state legislature will invest that same amount in Oregon culture. Remember to claim the cultural tax credit on your State Tax Form.

Now is a critical time for spreading the word about the Cultural Trust and the tax credit. Due to confusion around federal tax law changes, donations declined last year for the first time since the 2008 recession. While the new laws do impact how many Oregonians itemize deductions at the federal level, they do not change the benefits of investing in Oregon culture. Whether or not you itemize, your donation to the Cultural Trust still prompts a 100 percent tax credit on your state taxes!

Since its creation, the Cultural Trust has awarded $24 million to Oregon cultural nonprofits. In our County those grant awards have exceeded $250,000. We have supported local schools, the symphony, concerts, visual artists, and musicians as well as public art projects.

Please total your cultural donations, give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust and claim the cultural tax credit on your state taxes. Be sure to let others know of this great benefit to you and our county!!

updated November 19, 2021