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. JOHN HARELSON Grants Pass
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.
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.
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.