Multnomah County, Oregon


Our grant cycle is currently closed. Learn about or 2021 grant recipients.

2021 MCCC CCP Grant Criteria

2021 Spanish MCCC Grant Criteria

2021 MCCC Application Questions

Historical Grant Criteria:

2021 MCCC CCP Grant Criteria

2021 Spanish MCCC Grant Criteria

2021 MCCC Application Questions


When the grant cycle opens, typically in late August, applications are made available on


To be eligible for an MCCC grant, applicant groups or organizations must:

  1. Be headquartered within Multnomah County.
  2. Serve and provide general benefit to the public. This includes registered neighborhood associations, artist collectives, groups of citizens with a declared common purpose consistent with the goals of this grant program, and organizations with IRS 501(c)3 status. Unless you are applying for general operating support, an IRS 501(c)3 status is not required.
  3. Show in grant proposals that your work aligns with MCCC CCP grant goals.
  4. Provide MCCC with an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The EIN is necessary to help MCCC ensure that awards will be granted in the name of an organization. You can apply to the Internal Revenue Service for an EIN by going to their website at
  5. Recipients of CCP grants in two consecutive years are not eligible to apply for funds the following year. For example, an organization that was awarded grants for 2020 and 2021 is not eligible to apply for 2022 funds and must wait until the 2023 grant cycle to reapply.
  6. If a grant applicant uses a fiscal sponsor, its application must include a letter of support/Memorandum of Understanding from its fiscal sponsor. That sponsor must also be headquartered within Multnomah County. You cannot apply for general operating support if you are using a fiscal sponsor.


  1. Grants will not be awarded to an individual.
  2. Awardees who have failed to submit a final report for a previous MCCC grant deadline.
  3. Applicants that have received MCCC funding for the two preceding years.
  4. Organizations and groups from outside of Multnomah County are not eligible to apply for this grant.
  5. We tend not to fund programs that take place at schools or private organizations unless they are open to the public and are broadly advertised within the neighborhoods and communities surrounding the area.


Organizations will be more competitive if their mission focuses on the creation of programs and events that support the following goals:

  1. Make culture accessible and affordable to Multnomah County residents.
  2. Support organizations and activities that emphasize cultural diversity.
  3. Foster partnerships and collaborations which support the above.
  4. Encourage new cultural activities.


  1. MCCC staff will review proposals to determine basic eligibility. Applicants will be notified of ineligible proposals.
  2. A panel made up of MCCC and community members will review and rate proposals according to the established review criteria listed above (see grant goals). The panel will determine which proposals should receive funding and forward their recommendations to the MCCC for approval.
  3. The MCCC will make awards with a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $2,000 based on panel ratings and recommendations.
  4. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status on or before December 15, 2020. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the grants process is complete. Please do not contact the MCCC or RACC staff about award status until after receiving official notification.


  1. Funding given through this grant must be used between January 1, 2021–December 31, 2021.
  2. Awardees must submit a Final Report in order to be considered in compliance with grant guidelines. This report will be available via MCCC’s online grant system and will be required within 30 days after the grant funds have been spend or by January 31, 2022 at the latest.
  3. It is the responsibility of the grant applicant to notify MCCC in writing and in advance of any changes in the grant status and purpose.
  4. Grant recipients will acknowledge the MCCC and the Oregon Cultural Trust in all marketing materials, as applicable. We will ask for examples from you in the final grant report.


At the close of the CCP Grant cycle, grant recipients will be required to submit a straightforward Final Report and evaluation of their completed activities. Compliance with final reporting requirements in previous grant cycles will be considered when the applicant’s future grant applications are in review.


If you have questions, please contact us at Thanks for your good work in the community!

Grant Writing Resources:

Non-Profit Hub 

Non-Profit AF



Oregon Community Foundation

We are also happy to answer any grant questions you have, send us an email:

Key Points to consider when applying for our grant:

  • If your grant is approved you will be notified in early December.
  •  You must be willing to acknowledge MCCC as a funder in your promotional materials.
  • Recipients of grants in two consecutive years are not eligible to apply for a third consecutive year. If you received MCCC funds in 2019 and 2020, you must take a year off. You can reapply for 2021.
  • Recipients of 2020 awards must submit their final report to be eligible for a 2021 award. If your event has already happened, please submit your final report as soon as possible. If your grant will happen in the final months of 2020, please submit your report by January 31st, 2021. File your final report via

When the cycle is open, submit applications online  at Keep in mind that MCCC grants are not the same as Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) grants. RACC serves as the fiscal agent for MCCC.

If you need technical assistance please email

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