Grants for projects in 2020 now are available to nonprofit groups planning to promote, preserve or enhance the arts, heritage or humanities in Curry County.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in January 2020 by the Curry County Cultural Coalition, an arm of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Applications are being accepted until Oct. 15.

Curry County organizations that received grant funds through the coalition for 2019 included …

• Beachcombers Square Dance Club, for reroofing the club’s building: $500

• Brookings Area Council for the Arts, for its American Music Festival Summer Concerts in the Park: $500

• Brookings Harbor Community Theater, for seat risers and tech booth: $1,000

• Brookings Harbor Friends of Music, for its 2019 Music Outreach Program: $1,000

• Central Curry School District 1, for its fourth-annual Gold Beach Student Art Show: $500

• Chetco Pelican Players, for its production of “Oliver!”: $1,000

• Curry Historical Society, for a traveling exhibit: $500

• Friends of Curry Public Library, for a podium for the new learning center: $300

• Port Orford Arts Council, for an Arts at the A-Frame community arts center: $700

• Port Orford Public Library, for the “Coastal Comics: Mini-Memoirs of Youth in Curry County” program: $500

• South Coast Folk Society, for Curry Contra Dances: $750

• SpotLines, a free quarterly publication of poetry and artwork for its continued publication: $250

• Wild Rivers Symphony, for its “New Music Works” performances in the spring 2019 concert series: $1,000.

The Curry County Cultural Coalition board consists of members from throughout Curry County.  Paulianne Balch-Rancourt, Elaine Roemen and Denise Willms from Port Orford; Alexandra Eyer and Juli Marstall from Gold Beach; and Nola Range and Maureen Ter Beek from Brookings.

Oregon Cultural Trust funds come through direct donations, the sales of Cultural Heritage license plates, and individual state tax credits. One-third of the money the trust grants each year is distributed among 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions, based on population. 

 For additional information or to download a grant application, visit


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