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Grants to North Oregon Nonprofits and Individuals
for Public Art Works, Presentations, and Exhibits

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Foundation / Corporation

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Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)

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Deadline Date:

02/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 to Oregon nonprofits and individuals in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties for the creation and presentation of project-based arts programming. Eligible art disciplines include folk arts, dance and movement, literature, media arts, multi-disciplinary arts, music, social practice, theater, and visual art.

A project is defined as a specific exhibit, art presentation, creation of work, produced program, or event which is fully executed within a specified timeline and made available to the public. All projects, regardless of discipline, must have a clearly developed plan for a tri-county public component.

Project Grants are available in the following categories:

Artistic Focus – Projects that demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation, creativity in programming and artist selection, and demonstrated ability by the artist or organization.

Arts Equity and Access – Projects that support arts programs and services that involve direct community participation, including communities that are underserved, arts education projects, and community fairs and festivals.

Arts Services – Projects that bring professional development programming or opportunities to the arts community, including but not limited to workshops, conferences, or classes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request any amount from $1,000 to $7,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds will be available beginning January 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Project Grant, all applicants must be headquartered/physically reside within the RACC service area, which includes Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, and be applying for a project that will take place within that area. If awarded a Project Grant, the grantee must continue to be headquartered/physically reside within the Tri-County area for the duration of the grant. Otherwise, the grant will be forfeited. Legal address as shown on income tax return must be within RACC’s service area. (Applicants must be able to offer physical proof of residence upon request.)

Individual Applicants must:
- Be a professional artist. For the sake of the Project Grant Program, a professional artist is a person generally recognized by their peers, critics and other arts professionals as committed to producing art on a regular basis.
- Be a lead artist in every aspect of their project.
- Provide RACC with a Social Security number and W-9 form upon notification that you have been awarded a Project Grant.

Organizational Applicants must:
- Be a “not-for-profit” organization. However, IRS 501(c)3 status is not required.

Ineligible Projects or Applicants:

1. Projects which are not clearly accessible to the tri-county public.
2. Projects which raise funds for an entity other than the applicant.
3. Projects that have already received RACC funding, including the Right Brain Initiative, the Public Art Murals Program, or in a previous Project Grant cycle.
4. Projects that involve schools affiliated with the Right Brain Initiative.
5. Schools, school districts, and fundraising organizations (such as PTAs or Booster Clubs) on behalf of schools are not eligible to apply. However, artists and organizations may apply directly for work taking place in schools.
6. Projects which fulfill a curricular or degree requirement for a currently enrolled student.
7. Fiscal agents or umbrella organizations.
8. Organizations receiving RACC General Operating Support Grant funding.
9. Individual artist or organization projects being presented by an arts organization which is receiving RACC General Operating Support Grant funding.
10. Applicants with past due or outstanding grant obligations, including open Project Grants.
11. Members of RACC staff or Board of Directors.

Project Grant funds may not be used to purchase food or equipment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

RACC offers free, optional Grant Orientation sessions for artists and organizations interested in applying for Project Grants. You need to register for RACC grant orientations, but they are free to anyone interested in attending. RSVP information is requested in order to estimate attendance. Orientations will be held on the following dates:

- Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Midland Library Meeting Room - 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland

- Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 9:00-10:30am
RACC Office - 411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland

- Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Hollywood Library Meeting Room - 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland

- Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
RACC Office - 411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland

Please RSVP using the link in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

RACC Grants Officers are happy to read drafts of Full Applications and provide feedback. This service is provided on a first come-first served basis. Please complete and submit your application in the RACC Grant Portal and notify Helen Daltoso or Ingrid Carlson via email when it is ready for review. Please have your draft Full Application ready, including the budget, no later than one week prior to the deadline.

RACC Project Grants will be available three times per year. The next three deadlines to submit an Inquiry Application are:
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 5:00pm (Funds available beginning June 2018.)
- Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by 5:00pm (Funds available beginning October 2018.)
- Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by 5:00pm (Funds available beginning in March 2019.)

Preparing to apply: All application materials must be submitted online. Applicants should create an account, or log into their existing account, in the RACC Grant Portal to submit an application.

Inquiry Application: All applicants must submit an Inquiry Application by the stated deadline. Applicants who do not submit an Inquiry Application by this deadline, will not be considered in the current Project Grant cycle. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their Inquiry Application has been successfully submitted.

Inquiry Application Review: A panel of RACC staff will review all Inquiry Applications to verify eligibility, confirm categories, and evaluate project competitiveness. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to submit a Full application. The Inquiry Application status will also be noted in the applicant account online.

Full Application: Invited applicants must submit their completed Full application including all supplemental material by the stated deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their Full application has been successfully submitted.


Tips on Preparing a Grant Application:

Contact Information:

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

Register for Project Grant Orientations:

Apply online:

Technical Support: Jack MacNichol, Grants Associate

First Time Applicants: Ingrid Carlson, Grants Officer

Returning Applicants: Helen Daltoso, Grants Officer

Regional Arts & Culture Council
411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties