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Arts and Cultural Grants

  • Grants support Gresham arts programs, projects and activities that enrich the arts, culture and heritage of our diverse community.

    • Eligible Activities
    • Grant Goals
    • Grant Recipients 2020-2021
    Eligible Activities
    • Performing arts: community and professional theater, instrumental and vocal music, dance
    • Festivals and parades
    • Folk arts
    • Literature
    • Media arts
    • Visual arts: painting, sculpture, photography
    • Museums: art exhibits, classes and workshops
    • Heritage and preservation of Gresham's history

    Grants are available to nonprofit organizations physically located within Gresham city limits and to Gresham residents, who have partnered with a qualifying nonprofit.

    The Arts and Cultural Grant Committee allocates the grants. The maximum amount awarded to any entity is $6,000.

    Grant Goals

    Gresham is one of the most diverse communities in the state. Supporting arts and culture projects, and the people and organizations who provide the vision, brings us together as a community.

    Program objectives

    • Encourage collaboration between artists and community organizations.
    • Enhance Gresham’s arts and culture resources by strengthening and supporting arts, heritage and humanities organizations, and individual artists, musicians, performers and historians.
    • Promote activities that tell and build upon the stories of Gresham as a community.
    • Promote projects that will be visible in the community.
    • Promote projects that support improved outcomes for underrepresented communities and promotes culture/heritage.
    Grant Recipients 2020-2021

    Gresham Japanese Gardens
    Rebirth After Ten Years 
    Grant awarded: $4,000
     
    Portland Columbia Symphony 
    Brass Quintet Outdoor Concert 
    Grant awarded: $1,000
     
    We Sew Collective 
    Stitching Lives Together – A Sewing Collective Residency 
    Grant awarded: $4,200
     
    Gresham Ebestsu Sister City Association
    "Skosh” a Little Japanese Cultural Program
    Grant awarded: $500
     
    Rockwood CDC (Community Development Corporation)
    Rockwood Festival 
    Grant awarded: $3,000
     
    MHCC Foundation
    2021 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 
    Grant awarded: $3,750 
     
    MetroEast Community Media
    Food Foray 
    Grant awarded: $500 
     
    Gresham Historical Society 
    Gresham’s Diverse Founders 
    Grant awarded: $1,000
     
    Center for the Arts Foundation
    Music Mondays’ Concert Series
    Grant awarded: $3,000
     
    Center for the Arts Foundation 
    First Mondays’ a Virtual Concert Series
    Grant awarded $650

    • Mail, deliver or email grant applications to:

      City of Gresham, Communications Office  
      Attention: Sasha Konell             
      1333 NW Eastman Parkway 
      Gresham, OR  97030-3813  
      Sasha.Konell@GreshamOregon.gov 

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