Clackamas County Cultural Plan 2012-2016

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The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition grant programs are administered by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance staff and the Arts Alliance acts as fiscal agent for the Coalition.

Grants are awarded to projects and opportunities which respond to the Cultural Plan Goals and Funding Priorities and are distributed through two grant programs:

  • Project Grants – Awarded annually for arts, heritage and/or humanities based projects – More information
  • Special Opportunity Grants – Rolling grants available for unforeseen needs or unexpected opportunities – More information



As part of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s founding legislation, each Oregon county and the nine federally-recognized Tribes were asked to establish a Cultural Coalition and to create a plan for local distribution of Cultural Trust dollars. The first Clackamas County Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities, created in 2004, was the result of an eighteen-month investigative process engaging 180 citizens in interviews, forums and focus groups. Since the 2004 Plan was approved and the Cultural Coalition began its work, it has become clear that the Coalition’s highest purpose and wisest use of limited resources is to nurture, support and invest in the efforts of others through granting funds.

The Cultural Plan is a call to action for increasing support for local culture and is a vehicle for distributing the Oregon Cultural Trust Community Cultural Participation Grant funds. It also includes an assessment of the strengths and critical issues facing arts, heritage and humanities in Clackamas County.


Through our work, and the work of others, Clackamas County will be a place where:

  • Arts, heritage and humanities are broadly acknowledged, integrated and valued for their contribution to building communities and bridging understanding among diverse people.
  • Cultural participation is truly accessible and is the norm, not the exception.
  • Culture is supported by a strengthened network of organizations, leadership, professional management and partnerships.
  • Community investment is sustained through a mix of public and private
  • planning, decision-making and funding.
  • Education encourages all students to integrate cultural richness into life-long learning.
  • Newcomers and visitors are welcome, bringing their energy, ideas and resources.
  • A treasure trove of ideas, experiences and teachings shape and inspire individuals and families to participate and join in cultural opportunities throughout their