County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions

Oregon’s County & Tribal Cultural Coalitions – who receive 25 percent of the Trust’s grant funds each year – allows the Cultural Trust’s stable and accessible support to serve every community in Oregon.

As part of the Cultural Trust’s strategic plan, a Coalition Leadership Council was created in May, 2024, to advise the Trust on solutions to shared challenges and opportunities.


Oregon’s 45 county and tribal Cultural Coalitions are funded directly by the Trust and are unique to the state. Led by dedicated volunteers, each coalition prioritizes community cultural goals and annually distributes seed grants that address the needs of each county. Among these are Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, whose cultural contributions are integral to the region’s cultural vitality.

When you donate to the Trust, you support cultural funding in every Oregon county. Cultural Coalitions ensure that Cultural Trust dollars reach every county in Oregon. The coalitions have their own grant programs to address community needs and priorities. Their programs fund a broad range of cultural work including arts education, local history preservation projects, community theater and library programs for toddlers and elders.

With local autonomy, the coalitions involve the community in creating, sharing, documenting, celebrated and developing their cultural identity — a critical part of preserving our state’s cultural character.

Each coalition receives a base grant plus additional funds based on population. Without the Cultural Trust, many rural counties would have no access to state funding for culture.

Questions? Please contact or (503) 986-0082 or or (503) 428-0963.


Contact your County or Tribal Cultural Coalition: