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General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

Grants to Oregon Arts Nonprofits in Clackamas, Multnomah,
and Washington Counties for Operating Support

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Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)

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12/04/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $15,000 per year to Oregon nonprofit arts organizations located in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties to support general operations. Eligible applicants demonstrate artistic excellence, fiscal and administrative competence, and proven service to the community.

The General Operating Support Grants Program seeks to fund arts organizations and provide a wide range of high-quality arts programming made available to the public.

Beginning in FY19-20 RACC will be adopting a new structure for the General Operating Support grant program. Grant awards will be split into two parts – the Base Award and Investment Awards.

  • The Base Award is a stable, predictable allocation for which organizations can budget and plan. Base Awards are set in tiers based on the size of an organization’s budget. As long as organizations continue to meet eligibility requirements and submit annual reports, they can count on receiving a Base Award.
  • Investment Awards will be granted through a competitive process in three categories –Community Impact, Operations, and Artistic Work. Each organization will have the opportunity to receive Investment Award funds in addition to their Base Award, depending on how they score in the review process.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187334

Estimated Size of Grant:

Base Award Grant: The minimum General Operating Support Grant award in the first year is $15,000.
Investment Grant: The Council currently expects Investment Awards to range in size from $5,000 to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

RACC’s partnerships with organizations receiving General Operating Support are ongoing. As long as partner organizations continue to meet eligibility and annual reporting requirements, they will remain in the program and receive funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for General Operating Support, an organization must:
1. Be an arts organization providing services in Multnomah, Washington, and/or Clackamas Counties. If your organization is headquartered in Washington or Clackamas counties, please contact RACC staff. Definition: For the purpose of the General Operating Support Grant Program, the definition of “arts organization” is an organization whose primary mission and goals articulate its commitment to developing and providing on-going arts programs made available to the public.
2. Have IRS 501(c)3 status.
3. Have headquarters, with a physical address, within the RACC service area.
4. Have been in existence for a minimum of three years or be the result of merging organizations with at least a three-year history each.
5. Have minimum eligible income of $75,000 for each of the past three years. To determine eligible income, see “RACC Eligible Income Computation” in the General Operating Support application.
6. Have at least one paid professional administrative staff on payroll as an employee of the organization for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
7. Have continuous programming and administration throughout the year.

Ineligible applicants:
1. Organizations composed exclusively for re-granting.
2. Fiscal agents or umbrella organizations.
3. Accredited institutions of higher learning, television and radio broadcast organizations.
4. Churches or church-affiliated programs receiving a significant portion of their base support from a church or religious organization.
5. Governmental institutions, i.e. public libraries, park and recreational facilities, public schools, etc.
6. Organizations whose most recent completed fiscal year financial statements show negative
liquid unrestricted net assets. Applicants with questions about this requirement are encouraged
to contact staff.

-Organizations that apply for and receive General Operating Support funding are not eligible to
apply for funding through any other RACC grant programs not specifically designed for GOS
partner organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to schedule time to consult with RACC grants staff regarding eligibility and criteria at least one week prior to the application deadline (no later than November 27, 2019).

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Contact Information:

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

To register for online application and to apply online:

If you have questions about applying for General Operating Support, please contact Helen Daltoso at or 503.823.5402.

Quinn MacNichol, Grants Specialist:, 503.832.2928

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties


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