Creative Heights initiative

Dear community member, I’m pleased to announce that applications are now open for Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights initiative. We invite you to learn more about this opportunity, apply if you are eligible, and share with your networks. Applications open on January 4, 2023, and are due at 5 p.m. PST February 15, 2023. Creative Heights provides opportunities for artists and…

United Communities AmeriCorps Program

United Communities AmeriCorps is offering AmeriCorps support for a six-month, 900-hour program. Visit the program information page for more information, including the proposal guidelines and application materials. Deadline to apply is November 5, 2021.

Get Your Tax Break

Give to cultural nonprofits for a tax break The following letter to the editor was published in the December 28, 2018 issue of The Daily Courier. Thank you, John Harelson, for the letter of support! As a supporter of arts and education, and as a library district board member, I’d like to share some information about…

Applications for 2023 Grant Cycle opens Oct 1st

Learn more about the 2023 JCCC Grant Cycle


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

2021 Grant Cycle Open

Groups and individuals are invited to submit a grant application to Josephine County Cultural Coalition for 2021 projects. The grant cycle is open through December 1, 2020. Priority will be given to projects that address the pandemic in some fashion. Ideas and thoughts are welcome. Go to the Grants page for details and the application…

Oregon Arts Commission Artist Relief Program

The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals, or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities. The Artist Relief Program is administered by the Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with Oregon…

Art in Motion open for submissions

The City of Grants Pass Committee on Public Art, in partnership with Josephine County Transit and sponsorship from Republic Services, is happy to the Art in Motion for 2021. Read the Art in Motion for 2021 Call for Artists Prospectus (pdf). Deadline for entries is 3 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. For more information,…

CARES Funding for Culture

If COVID-19 has impacted your cultural arts organization and events, you might qualify for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Please review the program information and guidelines in the links below. The deadline is August 24, 2020. Thanks for all you do in our community!! Karen Zimmer,…

2020 Mini-Grant Changes

Because of the pandemic, the following changes are being made to the Josephine County Cultural Trust Mini-Grant cycle. Originally due in May, the mini-grant application deadline is now extended to September 1, 2020.The mini-grant project should address the pandemic in some fashion. Ideas and thoughts are welcome.All proposed projects must be compliant with current Oregon…

Tim Bullard’s Retirement

Please join us at Tim’s retirement party on March 7, 2020. He has been a terrific contributor to the arts community and a former board member. We wish him all the best in his new chapter.

Celebration for Linda Hugle

It is with great sadness that we post this notice for Linda Hugle’s Celebration of Life on February 23, 2020. Linda was a great community advocate and student supporter.  She was a member of the Josephine County Cultural Coalition Board of Directors, later serving as Chair. Our community will greatly miss her.

Calls for Artists

The following Calls for Artists are now available through the City of Grants Pass: Art in Motion Prospectus (Word doc), deadline 3 pm January 31, 2020Alley Beautification Call for Artist Participation (Word doc), deadline March 6, 2020