MEDFORD, Ore. -- Books for babies, a summer camp for kids who need the Boys and Girls Cub, and music lessons for underprivileged kids in Jackson County are just a few of the ways Oregon taxpayer deductions will soon be used.
Today, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition, also known as JCCC, announced the awarding of grants totaling $31,124 dollars to 18 different projects and activities that support and promote arts, heritage, and humanities.
This money comes from Oregon taxpayers who donate to a recognized local cultural organization and then make a matching donation to the Cultural Trust—up to $500 for an individual, $1,000 for a couple filing jointly—can deduct the amount of their donation to the Trust from any taxes they owe the State. In 2014, the Oregon State Legislature voted to make this tax credit available to Oregon taxpayers through 2020.
JCCC grant funding will underwrite programs that include arts education, reading programs for young children, heritage and history programs, and more. Many of these projects benefit local schools and students, augmenting their cultural offerings. All enrich the community and enhance the local economy. Click here to see the 18 beneficiaries.
The Jackson County Cultural Coalition is the local affiliate of the Oregon Cultural Trust, a statewide cultural plan that raises and invests significant new funds in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds are distributed to local communities to support their cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts. Funds for local grants are made possible by a Cultural Participation Grant from the Trust.