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Career Opportunity Grants

Grants to Oregon Individual Artists
for Career-Advancing Opportunities

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Oregon Arts Commission (OAC)

Deadline Date:

04/03/18 10:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 and grants of up to $9,000 to Oregon individual artists practicing in a range of disciplines to take advantage of career-advancing opportunities. Funding is intended to help artists develop their professional, business, or art skills, further develop the quality of their work, or expand their marketing capacity.

The Career Opportunity grant program recognizes and supports artists from artistic disciplines listed below, as long as all eligibility requirements are met and applications are recommended for funding.
Artistic Disciplines:

-Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing, and poetry)
-Dance including choreography
-Music composition, music performance
-Theatre and performance art
-Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and new media)
-Design Arts
-Film/Video

Each eligible application is evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of arts professionals using the published review criteria. The scores from that panel determine if an application will be funded and at what amount.

Priority will be given to activities that respond to an external opportunity (such as an invitation to a competitive residency, exhibition or relevant training). Self-directed opportunities such as the creation of a new body of work without a confirmed external opportunity are unlikely to be competitive.

The grant program is open to both emerging and established artists. Emerging artists are expected to show some history of publication, exhibition or performance that was juried, programmed, or edited by an individual other than the applicant.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.

Below are examples of opportunities for which artists may request support. These activities must be associated directly to the opportunity that is imminent and specifically enhances your professional artistic career.

-Travel associated with an external opportunity (i.e. performance, exhibition, or residency, etc.)
-Preparation, freight and or shipping costs for materials to support an external opportunity
-Materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance or publication
-Expenses associated with an exceptional learning environment, such as residency, or intensive study with a recognized master/mentor. Note: degree bearing programs are not eligible
-Professional fees and services to support or document an activity, such as a videographer
-Rental fees, including equipment, instruments, or facility which support an external opportunity

Additional Funding Opportunities:

The Ford Family Foundation’s Career Opportunity Funding (for Established Visual Artists) and The Oregon Community Foundation’s 2017 Special Projects Funding (for Established Performing and Literary Artists)

The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission's panel review process, provide additional resources available to established Oregon artists who have an unanticipated major career enhancing opportunity. This support will fund activities that provide an opportunity to aid in significantly advancing the exploration, creation, production or exhibition of an established artist’s work.

Artists that meet these additional eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179524

Estimated Size of Grant:

OAC Career Opportunity Grants range from $500 to $1,500 depending on the scope and nature of the opportunity.

Established artists may be eligible to apply for up to $9,000 through The Ford Family Foundation or The Oregon Community Foundation.

Term of Contract:

Applications submitted by the December 5 deadline are for activities occurring between February 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

-Domiciled in Oregon at least one year prior to the application deadline. Domicile is a person’s fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes.
-Be 18 years of age or older at the application deadline.
-Have not received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Program in the past sixteen (16) months from the application deadline.
-Not be currently enrolled in a degree-bearing program, either part-time or full-time at the time of application or during the successive grant period.
-Established visual artists applying to The Ford Family Foundation or the Oregon Community Foundation must meet additional eligibility requirements. See below for details.

Career Opportunity grants will not fund:

-Capital expenditures (i.e. studio renovations; equipment purchases)
-Joint applications from two or more artists
-The applicant’s own artistic fees, wages, or stipends
-Degree bearing education including tuition assistance for college, university, or other formal courses of study
-An opportunity that has already been completed or falls outside of the award period
-Reimbursement of expenses incurred before the activity dates

For Established Visual Artists seeking additional funds from The Ford Family Foundation’s Career Opportunity Funding: In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, applicants seeking additional funding must be practicing Oregon visual artists who meet the following criteria:

-Are currently producing work in the fields of visual arts or contemporary craft (OAC Codes 05 or 07)
-Domiciled in Oregon for 36 months prior to the application deadline
-Are 30 years of age or older at the time of application
-Have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active
professional participation in the field of visual art

For Established Performing or Literary Artists seeking additional funds from The Oregon Community Foundation’s 2016 Special Projects Funding: In addition to the OAC Career Opportunity Grant eligibility requirements listed above, applicants seeking additional funding must be practicing Oregon performing or literary artists who meet the following criteria:

-Are currently producing work in the fields of performance (including, but not limited to, music, theatre or dance) or literature (Discipline Codes 01, 02, 03, 04 or 10)
-Domiciled in Oregon for 36 months prior to the application deadline
-Are 30 years of age or older at the time of application
-Have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in the field of performance or literary art

Pre-Application Information:

If you feel your project does not directly fit in one of the above categories, please contact David Huff (see contact details below) to discuss.

While there is no match required for OAC Career Opportunity Grants, established artists requesting funds from The Ford Family Foundation or The Oregon Community Foundation must contribute some portion of their own resources for the activity, and indicate so in the application’s Revenue section.

FY2018 Application Deadlines:

-September 29, 2017 for activity between October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018.
-December 5, 2017 for activity between February 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019.
-April 3, 2018 for activity between June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4667

David Huff
(503) 986-0086
david.huff@oregon.gov

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