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 a great tax credit opportunity for all Oregonians. Residents of Oregon who contribute to one of 1,400 Oregon cultural nonprofits, including the Josephine County Library Foundation, can receive a state tax credit of up to $500 per individual or $1,000 per household. Donors simply add up all the contributions they’ve made to qualifying nonprofits, then make a matching contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 for a 100 percent credit to directly reduce 2018 Oregon income taxes. Our local libraries have received $51,572 in direct grants from the Cultural Trust, and Josephine County has received $239,375 including support from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition, which makes grants locally using the same tax funds. Oregon is the only state that offers an opportunity to give directly to local cultural nonprofits and get a tax break. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to give to nonprofits in Josephine County and receive a tax credit this year. To make a donation for 2018 and to find out if you’ve already given to a qualifying nonprofit, visit the Oregon Cultural Trust website.
Grants Pass


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 Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The program supports professional artists who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 10.

For more information, including grant guidelines and eligibility, go to the Oregon Arts Commission website.

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, email Susan Seereiter or call (541) 450-6014.

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, board chair
Josephine County Cultural Coalition

Coronavirus Relief Fund for Cultural Support (CRFCS)

The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the fund. The State of Oregon has allocated $25,984,872 in CRF for Cultural Support (CRFCS) “for business, innovation and trade, for providing financial assistance to arts organizations and cultural and community venues that have canceled or postponed public programming because of economic conditions and executive orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The application deadline is 12 pm on August 24, 2020 and covers the period of March 1 to December 30, 2020.

For more information

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 Health Authority (OHA) guidelines regarding the Coronavirus.

Click for complete guidelines and application forms.