Oregon Heritage, part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is accepting applications for its four grant programs. Separate grant programs offer funding for museums, historic cemeteries, historic building preservation and archaeological projects. Some of that money could make it's way to Clatsop County to help support the collection at the only public film museum in Oregon
These grant programs, such as the one for historic cemeteries, provide small grants for a variety of projects and can be a catalyst for additional local support.
"The impact of these small dollars has been huge for individual cemeteries and the health of the state's historic cemeteries as a whole," notes Diane Elder, chair of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. "In one cemetery, a $1,200 grant cultivated 10 new volunteers, a partnership with other local cemeteries and cash donations from families."
Mac Burns, Executive Director of the Clatsop County Historical Society says his organization often applies for this particular grant with some success. "At one time this was an annual grant program through State Parks that would be divided amongst a growing list of organizations, therefore individual amounts were getting smaller each year" He said. "The program now awards grants every two years, which makes better sense". The Historical Society maintains four museum properties and Burns speculates he will most likely apply for this grant to support the Oregon Film Museum. The latest addition to the CCHS projects, the Film Museum celebrates the art of film making with a special emphasis on movies made in Oregon. The museum is housed in the old Clatsop County Jail which was featured in the openning scenes for the Steven Spielberg cult classic "The Goonies" and attracts fans of film year round all by itself.
The four state grant programs include:
- The Oregon Museum Grant accepts applications from museums that meet specific criteria and funds projects related to the care of historic artifacts, education and heritage tourism.
- The Historic Cemeteries Grant is offered for any project that preserves or promotes historic cemeteries. These may include marker repair, fencing, interpretive panels and other activities.
-The Preserving Oregon Grant is focused on historic properties, either archaeological work or preservation of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Diamonds in the Rough Grant concentrates on commercial buildings that have been altered or concealed over time. Projects that expose or bring back the historic character qualify for this program.
A workshop that provides tips on good project planning and grant writing will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 in Room 124A of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. It will also include instruction about Oregon Heritage's online grant application system. Instruction in using the online system will also be available online.