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Opportunity Grants

Grants to Portland, Oregon Non-Profits
for Creative and Innovative Projects

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The Regional Arts & Culture Council

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Portland-based non-profit arts and cultural organizations that produce creative and innovative projects that enrich the lives of local residents. The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support to help meet special opportunities or assist organizations with emergencies that arise during the year and that are not part of the applicant’s annual budget or regular programming.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129875

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Portland-based nonprofit arts and culture organizations are eligible to apply for the Opportunity Grant provided they meet all the following requirements:

The applicant organization:
1. Is a nonprofit arts and culture organization that regularly presents arts and/or cultural events or arts projects.
2. Has current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service and regularly produces financial statements.
3. Is headquartered and has a physical address in the City of Portland.
4. Provides arts and culture programs and events that are advertised and open to the public.
5. Is ‘current’ on all RACC grant agreements and has submitted final reports for all completed RACC grants.

Applicants receiving funds from this program will not be eligible to apply again for a period of 12 months from the date of the final report submission to RACC. In instances where an organization is not a 501(c)3, the organization may apply only if sponsored by a nonprofit organization that meets the eligibility requirements listed above.

Applications that are incomplete, or do not follow application requirements, may be deemed ineligible and returned to applicant.

History of non-compliance may affect grant awards.

Requests that will not be funded include:
1. Capital improvements - construction, renovation, or the purchase of permanent (or non-expendable) equipment or real property (including computers)
2. Funding deficits
3. Training or academic programs
4. Costs related to performances or programs already funded totally or in part by RACC
5. Programs and projects that have already taken place
6. Scholarships, purchase of awards, or cash prizes
7. Operating costs of benefits, galas, and projects planned primarily for fundraising
8. Loans, interest on loans, fines, penalties, or costs of litigation
9. Refreshments, meals, and/or beverages
10. Problems that result from inadequate planning or budgeting
11. Projects or performances that are already regularly occurring
12. Projects or proposals that have been declined in a previous RACC grant panel process.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants submit electronically an Intent to Apply. Each applicant will be contacted after the Intent to Apply is submitted. Upon RACC approval of the Intent to Apply, an application will be made available. The organization then electronically submits the Application. Both of these forms are available via the RACC Grants Online System at

Contact Information:

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

Cynthia Knapp
Director of Operations

Helen Daltoso
Grants Officer

Ingrid Carlson
Grants Officer

Phone: 503.823.5111
Fax: 503.823.5432

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon