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Precipice Fund Round Seven (2019-20)

Grants to Oregon Unincorporated Entities and State-Level Nonprofits in
Astoria, Eugene, and Portland Areas for Collaborative Visual Arts Initiatives

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

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/18/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Oregon independent unincorporated entities, as well as state-level nonprofit organizations, to support collaborative visual arts projects, alternative spaces, and collectives in the metro areas of Astoria, Eugene, and Portland. Eligible initiatives will include a public component.

The Precipice Fund seeks to support new and existing projects emblematic of Oregon’s independent on-the-ground art scene. Through this application and proposal process, the Fund looks forward to learning more about the applicant's current contributions to the local art community, and to consider ideas for future projects that will enhance the vibrancy, advance the rigor, and push the boundaries of alternative, experimental, and collaborative visual art practice in the region. 

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, and if they clearly demonstrate a connection to visual art practices /communities. The Fund is open to innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking in the field and is supportive of diverse approaches to visual art-making. For the Fund's definition of Visual Art, see

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 

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146846

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Number of Grants:

Up to 20 grants will be made

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by year-end 2020,

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.
- Primary Contact and majority of collaborators must reside in the Portland, Astoria, or Eugene metro areas of Oregon. For more information about Primary Contact eligibility, see
- 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 a compelling reason.

Applications are encouraged from first-time grant writers, artists from underrepresented communities, and artists who reflect the region’s diversity of cultures, aesthetics, and creative practices. Individuals in school are eligible to apply.

Not supported:
- Work that is not visual art.
- Projects proposed, fiscally sponsored, or presented by a for-profit business or 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.
- 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.
- Projects without a public component

Pre-proposal Conference:

2019 Precipice Fund Information Session Schedule:

Saturday, July 27 | 1:00pm–3:00pm
Pica (Ne Portland)
15 Ne Hancock St, Portland, Or 97212

Wednesday, July 31 | 7:00pm–9:00pm
Apano / Milepost 5 (E Portland)
8155 Ne Oregon Street, Portland Or, 97213

Sunday, August 4 | 12:00pm–2:00pm
Tropical Contemporary (Eugene) 1120 Bailey Hill Rd #11, Eugene, Or 97402

Sunday, August 11 | 1:00pm–3:00pm
Performance Works Nw (Se Portland) 4625 Se 67th Ave, Portland, Or 97206

Saturday, August 31 | 1:00pm–3:00pm
Anita (Astoria)
1312 Commercial St, Astoria, Or 97103

Pre-Application Information:

- August 19: Submissions Open online via Submittable
- October 18: Submissions Due (closes 11:59 PM Pacific)
- Late November: Applicants notified of decisions
- Early/Mid December: Grant Recipient Public Announcements + Reception
- December 31, 2020: All projects from the round must be complete

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Jodie Cavalier
Public Engagement Program Coordinator

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

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