Grant funds Cultural Enrichment programs

UCCC grant

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 11.03.51 AMThe Union County Cultural Coalition is accepting applications for its 2018 Cultural Enrichment Grant.

The UCCC’s mission is to support the arts and cultural enrichment of Union County through promotion and increased awareness of the arts and humanities.

 The UCCC encourages you to apply for monetary support for your cultural enrichment project. Many exciting projects have come from these re-granted funds, allowing the effects of the Oregon Cultural Trust to be experienced throughout Union County.

Applications are now available for download at They can also be picked up at Art Center East (1006 Penn Ave., La Grande), the main office of Loso Hall on Eastern Oregon University’s campus (Room 154), and Mitre’s Touch (1414 Adams Ave., La Grande). The timeline requires a firm receipt deadline of Dec. 31 for applications. Applications must be submitted via mail to the UCCC at PO Box 607, La Grande, 97850.  

 The UCCC provides matching grants directly to artists and organizations involved in cultural and heritage activities and projects. Applications from groups are encouraged, and efforts will be made to fund as many as possible. 

Funding priority will be given to those who have not been awarded funds during the last two granting cycles. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

The UCCC Cultural Enrichment Grant Applications are reviewed by a panel of artists, writers and community members who recommends grant awards to the UCCC Board.

Notification of awards will be sent on or around Jan. 31, 2018, with reports due back to the UCCC Dec. 31, 2018. Please be aware of this timeline and plan accordingly.

The Union County Cultural Coalition is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Union County Cultural Coalition

The coalition was created in 2003 and is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Every year, the UCCC provides grants up to $500 each to individuals and organizations involved in cultural and heritage activities and projects. Expert panelists are appointed to a committee to judge the applications and forward recommendations to the UCCC to make the final decisions.

Two Co-Chairs lead the board of the UCCC, with a treasurer to maintain records. Art Center East is the fiscal agent for UCCC.

Art Center East

The UCCC has committed approximately 35 percent of its yearly award to Art Center East. Located at 1006 Penn Ave. in La Grande’s former Carnegie Library Building, Art Center East offers many art classes for adults and children. Contact Art Center East at 541-624-2800 or by stopping in Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Past grant recipients

Past UCCC grant recipients include organizations such as the Elgin Opera House, Union County Museum Society, Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Liberty Theatre and Family Fun Day in the Valley of Peace, as well as local artists Kevin Boylan, Tom Dimond and Katherine Treffinger.

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