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Community Arts and Culture (CAC) Grant Program - Project Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Schools
for Arts and Cultural Activities in Greater Hillsboro

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Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council (HACC)

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Deadline Date:

02/23/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants of up to $3,000 to Greater Hillsboro, Oregon nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to support or expand arts and cultural activities benefiting the local community, particularly underserved populations. Applicants may apply for community programs or for capacity building and technical assistance.

The goals of the HACC Community Arts and Culture Grant Program are to:

- Raise awareness and expand or support existing arts and culture programming that serves Hillsboro residents;
- Provide access to arts and cultural experiences for those who are underserved; and
- Foster collaboration between community members

Examples of fundable goals include, but are not limited to:

Technical Assistance/Capacity Building:

-Professional development and organizational capacity building initiatives such as: working with consultants to develop an organizational business plan, funding strategies, marketing plans or other capacity-building initiatives;
-Technology advancement such as: website development, systems development for ticketing, or other organizational needs;
-Enhance marketing and communications to residents and visitors through consistent and professional promotions;
-Partnerships that support economic and community development efforts.

Community Programs:

-Programs that increase access to the arts and culture for underserved populations;
-Strong community outreach component such as: performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings or festivals;
-Enhance local arts and culture community by offering workshops, lectures, demonstrations, master classes or panel discussions;
-Musical performance expansion such as: cultural festivals or celebrations;
-Youth programming, including out-of-school opportunities;
-Displayed art tours in coordination with local businesses, public institutions, galleries, private collections, and artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178775

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Level 1: $0 - $1,500
-Level 2: $0 - $3,000

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must take place between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding Levels:
To be considered for a Level 1 project grant, an organization must:

-Exist as an arts or culture organization with a nonprofit business model or as an educational institution or social service group with an arts and culture component or partner (IRS 501(c)(3) status is not required).
-Apply for a grant that specifically addresses the goal(s) defined within the program guidelines;
-Provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN);
-Offer events or activities in Hillsboro or have a primary responsibility to serve the residents of Hillsboro;
-Provide a budget summary for the proposed activity;
-Provide a roster of board members.

Educational and social service organizations are also eligible to apply for funds for arts and culture related programs.

To be considered for a Level 2 project grant, an organization must:

-Comply with Level 1 eligibility criteria;
-Have IRS 501(c)(3) status. A letter verifying status may be requested.

Not Funded:
-Organizations that do not serve the greater Hillsboro community;
-Murals that have not received formal approval through the City of Hillsboro Mural Program review process at the time your funding application is submitted (submission for approval is not sufficient.);
-Building improvements (including, but not limited to: construction or renovation of facilities, lighting or sound systems, hanging systems, or security systems);
-Activities that fall outside of the June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019;
-Individual artists, unless sponsored by an arts and culture organization;
-Academic tuition;
-Debt retirement or operational deficit;
-Food or beverages;
-Travel expenses (including gas or mileage reimbursements);
-Lobbying expenses;
-Dues for memberships to professional or artistic organizations.

Other Restrictions:
-An organization may submit only one project grant application per fiscal year;
-Previously funded organizations should be current on all completed HACC grants (any history of non-compliance may affect grant awards).
-For funded projects that are still in progress, the organization is required to submit a Progress Report form.

What Will Lead to Immediate Disqualification:
-Any inclusion of restricted items in funding requests;
-Failure to meet application deadlines;
-Request for funding outside of eligibility requirements or offered funding levels.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HACC Grant Workshop:

January 16, 2018 | Washington County Arts & Culture Grants Pane
Local & Regional Granting Organization | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Free

Join representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, the Collins Foundation, Metro Community Placemaking Grant Program and Regional Arts & Culture Council for this free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities specifically for arts and culture programming in Washington County. Free but RSVP requested.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is February 23, 2018. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM.
Applicants will be notified of funding status by mail.

2018 - 2019 Grant Timeline:
-Jan 2: Grant cycle opens
-Feb 2: Revise and Review Deadline
-Feb 23: Deadline for all grant submissions

Organizations have the opportunity to utilize staff for a Review and Revision process. Applications submitted by the Review and Revise deadline (at least 3 weeks in advance of the final submission date) are eligible to be reviewed by staff and organizations will be notified of any causes for disqualification. Applications submitted after the Review and Revise deadline will not be eligible for this process. The Review and Revise deadline for the 2018 - 19 grant cycle is February 2, 2018.

Apply online. Alternately, paper applications may be picked up at the Walters Cultural Arts Center or downloaded from the HACC website.



Contact Information:

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

RSVP for the HACC Grant Workshop: Email to reserve a spot.

Apply Online:

Paper applications may be dropped off or mailed to:

Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Direct questions to:

Melissa Moore, Community Arts Program Supervisor

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Greater Hillsboro