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Creative Heights Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Artists
for Bold New Works of Art and Culture

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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)

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Deadline Date:

05/08/20 Midnight (PST)


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations and independent artists to produce and present bold new works of art and culture. A letter of inquiry is required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for the creation and presentation of innovative and new works including programs, exhibitions, performances, and other works of art and culture.

Creative Heights provides opportunities for artists and cultural creatives to stretch their creative capacity, share new works and test new ideas. The initiative aims to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality while supporting unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.

Creative Heights grants are for the creation and/or presentation of new and innovative performances, exhibitions, programs, and other works of art and culture. OCF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels and timelines to best serve the specific needs of proposed projects. Project funding may be spent over a period of two years and can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, folk & traditional arts, film/video/media, literary arts, museum exhibitions, humanities, music, theatre & performance arts, history & heritage, and multidisciplinary or emerging fields. 

Grant funding may be used for commissioning fees; pay for artists, curators, and scholars; costs associated with research, rehearsals, workshops; promotion; design and production; dissemination and documentation; and other direct costs related to creation, presentation, or exhibition. Preference will be given to projects that are not within three months of completion upon receiving the award in August 2020.

The intent of the Creative Heights initiative is to offer risk capital to pursue bold artistic ideas, therefore OCF is open to a range of projects outside the stated guidelines. Highly competitive proposals will likely demonstrate the capacity for high artistic achievement, innovation in execution, and feasibility to realize the project goals.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179267

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Grants will be available from $10,000 to $100,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Grantees have up to two years from the award date, August 2020, to use the funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by lead artists/creatives in partnership with an Oregon-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Projects may be proposed by independent artists in conjunction with a sponsor nonprofit or the creative/artistic staff of a nonprofit organization.

Ineligible projects are those that engage artists solely on a volunteer basis; are solely educational in nature; do not engage Oregon artists, collaborators and audiences; or include work not available to the public (i.e., art for a private collection/nonpublic space)

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of inquiry (LOIs) will be accepted online starting January 6, 2020. The due date for LOIs is February 17, 2020 at midnight (PST).

Only proposals completed on OCF’s online grant system will be accepted. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. After a review by the OCF Arts Committee in early April, strong proposals will be invited to submit full applications. The due date for full applications (invitation only) will be May 8, 2020. Final funding decisions will be announced in early August 2020.

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

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If you have questions regarding the online Creative Heights program, contact Rima Litke at 503.227.6846 or

Questions on your proposed project plans, eligibility or general inquiries may be directed to OCF’s Program Officer for Arts and Culture, Jerry Tischleder at 503-227-6846 or

Technical assistance on the online application portal can be directed to OCF’s Lead Program Associate, Leann Do at 503-227-6846 or

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USA: Oregon

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