The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) serves as the Regional Arts Council for the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast from Astoria in the north to Brookings Harbor in the south, encompassing Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos and Curry counties and the coastal towns in Lane and Douglas counties.

Through advocacy, the regional arts council helps build support for a strong arts and culture community. OCCA also provides other services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, capacity building, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.

OCCA is the region’s leading nonprofit organization for promoting and developing community arts. With 35 years of service experience, OCCA is dedicated to serving the region’s arts, heritage and humanities organizations, as well as artists and attractions. OCCA receives funds, in part from the Oregon Arts Commission, to accomplish these services.

Learn more about OCCA’s role, find resources for arts organizations, and explore the OCCA’s arts partner profiles in this area of the website.


The “Learn by Doing” series was created by OCCA to emphasize experiential learning and to remove the ideas that grant writing is “too complicated,” or that beginning grant writers don’t have the skills needed to be successful.

The series is offered to arts, heritage and humanities nonprofit organizations along the coast, hosted by OCCA with generous financial support from the Ford Family Foundation as a way of building the capacity for grant writing for arts and culture groups.

Learn by Doing

The series helps participants plan, write and successfully attain grant funding from local and regional funding sources. They will actively work on different elements of grant proposals.

Participants meet with funders and hear about available grant programs. There are also opportunities for review of grant work that is completed by participants during the course of the series.

Arts, heritage and humanities organizations are encouraged to bring more than one board member, staff or volunteer from each organization. Participants bring proposals that their organization is currently working on and ideas for proposals that they’d like to start.

Sessions include: Positioning Your Organization to be Grant Smart, Project Planning Tools and Practice, Grant Guidelines, Budgeting and Project Evaluation, Grant Review and Organizational Site Visits.

The workshop sessions are facilitated by Meredith Howell, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant.

The actual outcomes for the project and the success measurement of those outcomes are:

  • Increase capacity of coastal nonprofits to secure local, regional and statewide grants for their charitable work.
  • Increase grant-writing skills of participants.
  • Show a direct increase in the amount of funding secured by participating organizations.


From time to time the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts provides educational and practical tools to assist arts, heritage and humanitites organizations, artists.

Grant-Writing Success

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Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance

The Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance is a seven-county cooperative arts and culture advocacy network promoting the arts, heritage, humanities and all the professional people, organizations and venues working in these arena.

The Alliance is facilitated by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and has been active since 2000. It exists to bring the arts and culture into the lives of all citizens and visitors of the Oregon coast.

Our goals are:

  • to promote arts and culture as positive and necessary components of life,
  • to support and assist cultural professionals and organizations,
  • to be a clearing house for marketing our arts and culture to the world.

The Alliance holds Quarterly Gatherings in different towns along the coast. These gatherings are open to all and are of particular interest to cultural groups, arts specialists and professionals, cultural coalition members, and nonprofit boards of directors.

Topics are typically around grants, fundraising, foundation programs, advocacy and other organizational development issues. Legal and management specialists often address our attendees as well as representatives from state agencies.

Oregon Coast Cultural Alliance Newsletters

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Advocacy for the arts comes in many forms. It can be as official as going to your state capital and meeting with your legislators or speaking up and supporting the arts in your community. The important thing is that we all be advocates in whatever way we choose.

Advocacy helps funding sources appear and increase. Volunteer effort rises. Decision makers are educated and better informed to make a positive impact. The ripple effect of advocacy is huge. It is an expression of the values of a society and in turn affects that society.

OCCA as your regional arts council advocates for arts and coastal arts on a regular basis in the following manner: