Project Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 169595
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)



09/27/17 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 specific arts projects. An Intent to Apply is due on August 2, 2017.

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. Eligible art disciplines include dance/movement, folk arts, literature, media arts, multi-disciplinary arts, music, social practice, theater, and visual art. 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.

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

Funds will be available beginning January 2018.

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.

Orientation Sessions: From July 13-27, RACC will offer seven free, optional Grant Orientation Sessions for artists and organizations interested in applying for Project Grants. During these sessions staff will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application, and answer questions about the process.

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Beaverton Library Auditorium 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton

Friday, July 14, 2017, Noon-2:00pm
RACC Office - 411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland

Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Kenton Library Meeting Room - 8226 N Denver Ave, Portland

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Midland Library Meeting Room - 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm
RACC Office - 411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
Hollywood Library Meeting Room - 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9:00-11:00am
RACC Office - 411 NW Park Ave #101, Portland

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 multiple times per year. The next four deadlines to submit an Inquiry Application are:
- Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by 5:00pm
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 5:00pm
- Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by 5:00pm
- Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by 5:00pm


Inquiry Applications Due: August 2, 2017, by 5:00pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: September 6, 2017
Full Applications Due: September 27, 2017, by 5pm
Awards Announced: December 15, 2017
Funds Available Beginning: January 2018

Inquiry Applications Due: February 7, 2018, by 5:00pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: March 7, 2018
Full Applications Due: March 2018
Awards Announced: June 1, 2018
Funds Available Beginning: June 2018

Inquiry Applications Due: June 6, 2018, by 5:00pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent : June 29, 2018
Full Applications Due: July 2018
Awards Announced: October 1, 2018
Funds Available Beginning: October 2018

Inquiry Applications Due: October 3, 2018, by 5:00pm
Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent: November 7, 2018
Full Applications Due: December 2018
Awards Announced: March 1, 2019
Funds Available Beginning: March 2019

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

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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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USA: Oregon: Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties

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