Our Funding

Funding for the Benton County Cultural Coalition comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

July 2001 The Oregon Cultural Trust was founded by Oregon legislature in a near unanimous vote on HB2923 authorizing the cultural tax credit, cultural license plate and the ability to transfer state assets to build the cultural trust.

July 2013 Oregon legislature renewed the cultural tax credit for six more years, until 2020, the maximum renewal that was allowed, giving the Trust a vote of confidence to continue it’s good work.

The Cultural Trust is statewide, supporting 41 county cultural and tribal coalitions. These counties and tribal coalitions then sub-grant to local art, culture and heritage projects.

The Oregon Cultural Trust’s mission is to lead in building an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of Oregon’s vibrant communities and economy. OCT distributes over $1.5 million a year in competitive grants to nonprofits across Oregon.

By this time, over 24,000 Oregonians have given to the Trust, which in turn has granted over 1,000 grants totaling over $14 million. The Cultural Trust distributes $.42 of each donor dollar in grants and puts $.58 away in a permanent cultural fund for Oregon, now over $20 million and growing, so that future generations may experience Oregon culture as we do today.

All Oregonians can be a part of this vision by supporting any of 1400 eligible cultural non-profits, matching those gifts with a gift to the Trust, and taking Oregon’s generous and unique state cultural tax credit. Up to $500 per individual, $1,000 per household and $2500 per Class C corporation. For a list of the participating cultural non-profits located in Benton County, please visit the website of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Cultural Trust License Plates
Income from sales of the cultural license plate also benefits the Trust program. The cultural plate is available in any DMV office or by mail. The plate features a painting by northwest artist Kelly Kievit, selected in open competition. The abstract color field was chosen to represent the diversity and vibrancy of Oregon culture.

Per DMV: Plate Fees: $54 per set ($30 surcharge + $24 plate fee). The $30 surcharge is due at issuance and at every renewal. It is the same for both two-year and four-year (new vehicle) registration periods. Available for Passenger Vehicles

The Trust receives 100% of $30 surcharge for the plate and revenue from the culture plates averages about $30,000 month. For more information on the purchase of Cultural Trust license plates, please visit the website of the Oregon DMV