From Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon
Here is an update from our lobby team:
Since the end of Oregon’s 2021 legislative session, we’ve been advocating for the $50 million in ARPA funds awarded to Business Oregon to be distributed to the arts and culture sector. We recently received an update from the agency on its progress.
Business Oregon does not yet have access to these ARPA dollars, as the money must first flow from the federal government and to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), which will execute a contract and interagency agreement with Business Oregon to release the funds. Although this process is under way, we are still waiting. DAS is juggling multiple interests and priorities, including distribution of the $240 million in legislative allocated projects brought forward by each House and Senate member.
We anticipate that Business Oregon’s funding will be made available to theaters, live venues, and live event support in either December 2021 or January 2022:
Oregon’s legislature is aware of the need to ensure these funds are distributed as quickly as possible. We have been working closely with various House and Senate members to ensure this process moves forward, providing feedback to the agency as appropriate. As members, you can expect that the legislature will host a conversation on this process during the November legislative days, where we’ll be actively engaged.
Please let us hear from you if you have other news on this important topic to share. Stay well and stay safe.
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