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Grants to Oregon Artists to Create New Visual Art Projects

Precipice Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon: Portland area

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/22/22
Deadline: 10/07/22 11:59 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon artists in eligible regions to create new visual art projects. The purpose of the program is to help independent artists overcome barriers to funding. Funding may be used for collaborative projects, visual art collectives, and alternative spaces. Eligible applicants must reside in the Portland area. Projects should be based in Metro Portland.

Recognizing the barriers to funding faced by independent art initiatives, the Precipice Fund seeks to support new and existing projects emblematic of the region’s independent, on-the-ground art scene.

The Precipice Fund aspires to cultivate a grantmaking culture that emphasizes community over competition and awards collaboration and connection. With these values in mind, please consider how your project intersects with and impacts other local artists, and how your project proposal and budget affect the larger applicant pool. If each budget reflects what is truly needed, the Foundation can ensure a broader distribution of funds and resources. 

Precipice Fund awards grants to visual art projects. Works in performance or other media are only eligible if the project clearly incorporates visual art elements at its core, and/or engages visual art discourse or an expanded definition of visual art practice. Film projects may be eligible in their creation phase (not for post-production or distribution), and if they clearly demonstrate a connection to visual art practices/ communities. Similarly, projects in sound art are eligible if a connection to visual art context and practice is made clear. The Foundation is open to innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking in the field and support diverse approaches to visual art making. 

The Precipice Fund prioritizes projects that:

  • Are innovative, experimental, and ambitious, as defined and expressed by the artists/applicants
  • Are artist-run, artist-centric, or artist-driven
  • Generate opportunities and platforms for other local artists
  • Challenge or break from traditional or established notions, models, and forms of practice, presentation, and organization
  • Are accessible to or engage public(s) via process, presentation, production, or publication
  • Are presented in unconventional or nontraditional sites, spaces, and contexts
  • Are considering audience diversity and public access
  • Contribute to the critical and creative depth of art communities in Portland and its surrounding areas
  • Are led by and/or center underrepresented artists or communities, including Black, Indigenous, brown, people of color, Disabled, Deaf, neurodivergent, queer, trans, non-binary, immigrant, refugee, and others historically marginalized by dominant cultures and mainstream art worlds 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Projects must be produced by independent, unincorporated entities.
- Projects must be collaborative (a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) applicants, with one person serving as the Primary Contact).
- The Primary Contact must reside in the Portland, Oregon area.

Proposals from or in partnership with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or commercial for-profit enterprise are not eligible.

*Exceptions: State-level (Oregon) registered nonprofits as well as licensed LLC’s established for non-commercial purposes ARE eligible. Proposed projects cannot be part of a 501(c)(3)nonprofit art organization’s core program, nor publicized as such. Such a space could serve strictly as a project site/venue, but only with compelling reason.

The Precipice Fund does not support:
- Work that is not visual art.
- The work of an individual artist.
- Projects proposed, fiscally sponsored, or presented by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or for-profit LLC.* (exceptions noted above).
- Proposals with a Primary Contact who does not reside in the greater Portland, Oregon area.
- Project proposals that lack a public component (though applicants may define for themselves their project’s audience/public).

Pre-Proposal Conference
A free, virtual information session via Zoom will cover the application process, eligibility, selection criteria, and project budgeting.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30pm PDT

Pre-Application Information
- Monday, August 29: Applications Open online via Submittable
- Friday, October 7: Applications Due (closes 11:59 PM PDT)
- Early December: Applicants notified of decisions
- By January 2023: Grantees Publicly Announced

Workshop recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The Precipice Fund will award grants of $500 to $5,000 each.

Term of Contract
Grant cycles are for one year. Funded projects must be completed, and final reports submitted by December 31, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Contact Precipice Fund staff at for questions.

Please email in advance of the information session to share any access needs you might have for attending the live session.

Precipice Fund
c/o PICA
15 NE Hancock St
Portland, OR 97212

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