Money, Money, Money

By Dave DeLuca

BentonCountyCulturalCoalitionGot a great idea for how to improve the cultural scene in Benton County? It’s time to turn that idea into a reality.

The Benton County Cultural Coalition is looking to give away more than $10,000 in grant money to 501(c)3 organizations and partner groups. The funds come from the Oregon Cultural Trust, and are intended to sustain, promote, and make accessible culture in Benton County.

BCCC has distributed over $95,000 in grant money for Benton County since 2005. Several recipients are awarded grants each year. The grants have funded concerts, murals, dances, film festivals, storytelling, and more. Some recent recipients include the Greenbelt Land Trust, the Arts Center, Wilson Elementary School, and the Benton County Historical Society. Examples of the funded projects include an Environmental Center mural, mosaic decorations of downtown trash cans, the construction of choir risers at CHS, a children’s concert at Monroe Library, and a national quilt exhibit.

“In short, community spirit thrives as people collectively gather to participate in and appreciate art, culture, and heritage. The Benton County Cultural Coalition is all about providing opportunities that strengthen and celebrate communities. We provide funding to help them tell their story,” explained BCCC chair Ella Rhoades. “It’s amazing to see what some of these organizations can do with $500 to $1,500.”

Interested cultural organizations and individuals may submit a Letter of Intent online at www.bentonculture.org. Letters of Intent will be accepted from Friday, Aug. 1 through Wednesday, Sept. 10.

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