The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified museums to support museum collections, education and heritage tourism. Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, occasionally higher. Qualifying museums can apply for a variety of projects including archival boxes, records documentation, exhibits, brochures, school programs and more.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple with plenty of support.

“Our goal is to support museums of all sizes, all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process,” notes Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.

Carla Burnside of the Harney County Historical Society recently noted the importance and ease of the grant for their quilt documentation and storage project. “The process of applying for the grant was very easy,” she said. “It will help us preserve important textiles in our collection.”

Oregon Heritage grants programs staff will discuss projects and review applications in advance. There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem Feb. 3. A one-hour webinar will be available Feb. 5.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission’s mission is to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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