Museum Grant Program

Oregon Heritage Commission

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $8,000

Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020 11:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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The Oregon Heritage Commission offers matching grants to public and non-profit heritage museums that meet certain qualifications. The grants support Oregon museums in projects for the collection and management of heritage collections, for heritage-related tourism, and heritage education and interpretations. Currently, $100,000 per biennium is available.


  • Projects with a well ‐ prioritized, clearly explained work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Museum size diversity.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in ‐ hand.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Museum Eligibility:
    • Any qualified museum based in Oregon is eligible to apply.
      • Museums are defined by statute as public institutions or private nonprofit Oregon corporations primarily devoted to the acquisition and public exhibition of specimens, artifacts, articles, documents and other items that relate to history, anthropology, archaeology, heritage, science or art and that have historical significance.
    • Museums must meet the following requirements:
      • Be in operation in Oregon as a public or private nonprofit for a period of at least two full years prior to the date of the application. The private nonprofits must be incorporated in the State of Oregon.
      • Provide museum services open to the public at least 120 hours per year at designated and reasonable hours and places;
      • Have a responsible, competent attendant on duty when museum services are provided to the public;
      • Be organized as a public or private non ‐ profit institution that exists on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes;
      • Care for and own or use tangible objects; and
      • Exhibits the objects to the public on a regular basis through facilities the museum owns or operates.
  • Project eligibility: These grants support projects for the collection and management of heritage collections, for heritage ‐ related tourism, or heritage education and interpretation.
    • “Heritage collections” includes artifacts and other manifestations of material culture, documents, publications, photographs and film, heritage recordings, music and songs gathered for study, comparison or exhibition, and their management.
    • “Heritage ‐ related tourism” means the practice of traveling for recreation to learn, enjoy or appreciate heritage.
    • “Heritage education and interpretation” means the action or process of educating or of being educated about heritage.
    • Projects that will begin and end during the grant cycle qualify. Grant cycle extensions are extremely rare.


  • A dollar match for funds requested is not required, though we encourage you to seek local funding and donations in addition to your grant request.
    • Local support allows the program to assist more museums and shows community value of the project.