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Cultural Events Grant Program

  • Grants support meaningful ways to bring us together as a community through cultural events and activities.

    2022-23 grant application

    The 2022-23 grant application period is closed. Grant recipients will be announced in December.

    • Eligible Activities
    • Grant Goals
    • Grant Examples
    Eligible Activities
    • Performing arts
      • community and professional theater
      • instrumental and vocal music
      • dance
    • Festivals or parades
    • Educational events

    The Cultural Events Grant funds organizations that support direct community participation, including underserved communities, through events and festivals rich in culture, education and heritage. 

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

    Grants up to $7,050.00 will be awarded this fall for use by June 30, 2023.

    Grant Goals

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

    Grant goals:

    • 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 promote diversity/culture/heritage.
    Grant Examples
    • Gresham Ebetsu Sister City Association: “Skosh” a Little Japanese Cultural Program, $500
    • Rockwood CDC: Stories from the Hearth, $3,405
    • Slavic Community Center NW: Slavic Music Series, $4,500

    Who may apply: Nonprofit organizations inside Gresham city limits and Gresham residents, who partner with a qualifying nonprofit.

    • Gresham cultural events Eastern European Music Festival
    • The community enjoys the Juneteenth cultural celebration in Gresham.
    • The spirit of the islands performance dance at the Gresham Arts Festival.
    • Cultural events community mural painting during I Heart Rockwood festival in Gresham.
    • Juneteenth singer gives a moving performance in Gresham.

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  • Mail, deliver or email grant applications to:

    City of Gresham, Neighborhoods Office  
    Attention: Michael Gonzales            
    1333 NW Eastman Parkway 
    Michael.Gonzales@GreshamOregon.gov

    Questions? Email or call 503-618-2482.

    Hear about more opportunities

    Email CommunityEngagement@GreshamOregon.gov to be added to our community-based organizations’ email to receive info about future opportunities from the City.