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Precipice Fund Round Five (2017-18)

Grants to Oregon Collaborating Artists in Eligible Areas
for Innovative and Nontraditional Visual Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program and Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti

Deadline Date:

10/13/17 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of $500 to $5,000 to Oregon unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects for nontraditional, innovative visual arts projects in the metro areas of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene. Projects can be either new or existing and must be publicly accessible and highly connective.

The Precipice Fund provides critical support for artist-driven organizations, projects, initiatives, and publications that exist on the edge of new practice. These projects operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects are an integral part of the greater Portland region’s vital art ecology and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

The Precipice Fund prioritizes projects that:

- Are innovative, experimental, and ambitious
- Are artist-run, artist-driven, or artist-centric
- Generate opportunities and platforms for other local and regional artists
- Challenge or break from traditional or established notions, models, and forms of practice, presentation, and organization
- Are presented in unconventional or nontraditional sites, spaces, and contexts
- Seek to develop and diversify local art audiences
- Are accessible to or engage the public via process, presentation, production, or publication
- Contribute to the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene art communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146846

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

15 to 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

In Round Five, the Precipice Fund will award grants of $500 to $5,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Projects must completed by year-end 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

- Projects must be rooted in visual art.
- Projects must be produced by independent, unincorporated entities. Proposals from or in partnership with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or commercial for-profit enterprise are NOT eligible* (see below).
- Projects must be collaborative (carried out by at least two individuals). A single artist’s project may be eligible if it is highly participatory, collaborative, or engages multiple publics via production/presentation.
- Primary Contact and majority of collaborators must reside in the Portland, Astoria, or Eugene metro areas of Oregon. See below for more details on Primary Contact role and eligibility.

*State-level (Oregon) registered nonprofit organizations as well as licensed LLC’s established for non-commercial purposes ARE eligible. Projects cannot serve or be promoted/publicized as a nonprofit art organization’s core programming. A nonprofit space might be considered strictly as a rental venue for a project, but only with compelling reason.

If you were a Primary Applicant or Collaborator on a project that was awarded a Precipice Fund grant in Round 4 (2016-17), then you must wait until Round 6 (2018-19) to re-apply.


- Work that is not visual art (see explanation above).
- Projects proposed, fiscally sponsored, or presented by a for-profit business or 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. *Oregon (state-level) nonprofits and unincorporated LLC’s (not established for commercial enterprise) ARE eligible.
- The work of an individual artist that does not involve other artists or participants, or projects that are a continuation or completion of private studio practice
- Primary Contacts who do not reside in Portland, Astoria, or Eugene/Springfield, Oregon areas(see below).
- Projects without a public component

Pre-Application Information:


- Monday, August 14: Submissions Open online
- Friday, October 13: Submissions Due(closes 11:59 PM Pacific)
- Early December: Applicants notified of decisions
- December 7: Grant Recipient Public Announcements + Reception
- December 31, 2018: All Round 5 projects must be complete

Information sessions took place in July 2017. To review the slideshow of the session, download the attached PDF document.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Roya Amirsoleymani, Director of Public Engagement
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
503.242.1419 x18

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
415 SW 10th Ave Ste 300
Portland, OR 97205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Portland, Astoria, and Eugene metro areas