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Grants to Oregon Artists and Nonprofits for Public Art Works, Presentations,
and Exhibits in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)

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Deadline Date:

03/25/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of $3,000 and grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 to Oregon artists and nonprofits in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties for the creation and presentation of project-based arts programming. Applicants must submit an inquiry application prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support arts exhibitions, presentations, events, programs, and the creation of work executed within a particular timeframe and accessible to the public.

RACC offers funding for Project Grants in the following categories:

- Artistic Focus: Projects that demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation, creativity in programming and artist selection, and demonstrated ability by the artist or organization.
- Arts Equity & Access: Projects that support arts programs and services that involve direct community participation, including communities that are underserved, arts education projects, arts conferences or workshops, and community fairs & festivals.
- Catalyst: An introductory process available to applicants who have not previously received Project Grant funding. The grant will come with enhanced RACC staff support to help recipients learn how to administer a grant. (First-time applicants are not required to submit in this category, and are also welcome to apply in the Artistic Focus or Arts Equity & Access categories.)

Grant Disciplines include: Dance/Movement, Folk Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Multi-Discipline, Music, Social Practice, Theater, and Visual Arts. For further information on these disciplines, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artistic Focus and Arts Equity & Access applicants may request any amount from $1,000 to $7,000; Catalyst category awards are set at $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Project Grant, all applicants must:

1. Be headquartered/physically reside within the RACC service area, which includes Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, and be applying for a project that will take place within that area. If awarded a Project Grant, the grantee must continue to be headquartered/physically reside within the tri-county area for the duration of the grant.
2. Be a professional artist and a lead in every aspect of the project or a “not-for-profit” organization with an Employer Identification Number at time of application. (501c3 status is not required.)
- For the sake of the Project Grant Program, a professional artist is a person generally recognized by their peers, critics and other arts professionals as committed to producing art on a regular basis.
- Organizations wishing to apply need not be incorporated, formally recognized by the IRS as a public charity (i.e., under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code), or otherwise officially established as a tax-exempt institution. It must, however, be “not-for-profit” in that the organization’s net earnings are not distributed to those who control it, and be organized in a way to accept grant income.

Schools, school districts, and fundraising organizations (such as PTAs or Booster Clubs) on behalf of schools are not eligible to apply. However, artists and organizations may apply directly for work taking place in schools.

For ineligible projects, applicants, and expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

RACC offers free, optional information sessions for interested applicants in the month preceding each Inquiry Application deadline. Upcoming session:

Wednesday, February 5
6-7:30 PM
RACC Office
To register:

Sunday, February 9
12-1:30 PM
RACC Office
To register:

Thursday, February 13
2-3:30 PM
RACC Office
To register:

Information sessions are free and optional – you do not need to attend in order to apply. If you prefer to register over the phone, have questions, or can’t attend at the dates and times offered, don’t hesitate to contact RACC staff for assistance.

Catalyst Work Sessions: Grants staff will offer office hour type work sessions for Catalyst applicants to work on and prepare the Full Application. Dates, times, and location for these sessions will be shared via email with Catalyst applicants when they are invited to submit a Full Application.

Pre-Application Information:

Project Grant Deadline Calendar:

- FY19-20 Cycle 1:
Inquiry Applications Due: June 5, 2019, by 5:00 pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: June 19, 2019
Full Applications Due: July 24, 2019, by 5:00 PM
Awards Announced: October 1, 2019
Funds Available Beginning: October 15, 2019

- FY19-20 Cycle 2:
Inquiry Applications Due: October 9, 2019 by 5:00 pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: November 1, 2019
Full Applications Due: December 11, 2019
Awards Announced: March 1, 2020
Funds Available Beginning: March 15, 2020

- FY19-20 Cycle 3:
Inquiry Applications Due: February 19, 2020, by 5:00 pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: March 2, 2020
Full Applications Due: March 25, 2020
Awards Announced: June 1, 2020
Funds Available Beginning: June 15, 2020

When applying for a Project Grant, applicants may submit only one application in a project grant cycle.

Application Process:

- All application materials must be submitted online.
- All applicants must submit an Inquiry Application by the stated deadline.
- A panel of RACC staff will review all Inquiry Applications. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to submit a Full application. The Inquiry Application status will also be noted in the applicant account online.
- Invited applicants must submit their completed Full application including all supplemental material by the stated deadline.

Grant Draft Review: RACC Grants Officers are happy to read a draft of your Full Application and provide feedback. This service is provided on a first come-first served basis. Please prepare your Full Application narrative and budget in the RACC Opportunity Portal and notify Ingrid Carlson via email when it is ready for review. The staff will review the draft you have submitted and schedule a time to provide feedback over the phone. Your draft Full Application, including the budget, must be ready no later than one-week prior to the deadline to allow time for feedback.


Tips on Preparing a Grant Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For questions regarding eligibility and criteria:

Ingrid Carlson. Grants Officer

For technical assistance, call 503.823.2928 or email

Regional Arts & Culture Council
411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97209

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