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Career Opportunity Program

Grants to Oregon Individual Artists for
Professional Development Activities

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Oregon Arts Commission (OAC)

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03/04/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Oregon individual artists for professional development. Funding is intended to support artists in a wide range of genres, including literature, dance, music composition and music performance, theater and performance art; visual arts, design arts, and media arts. Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely external opportunities to enhance their artistic careers.

An external opportunity is an activity the artist was invited to or otherwise reviewed by peers or industry to receive. The program is designed to reach artists at all points of their career -- whether emerging or established. Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.

Artistic disciplines supported: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music composition and music performance; Theatre and Performance Art; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts. Folk & Traditional artists whose practice falls into one of the above categories are welcomed to apply.

All components requests should directly align to the opportunity, and may include:

  • 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; and
  • Rental fees, including fees for equipment, instruments or facility that are integral to an external opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179524

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amount: $500-$1,500, plus up to an additional $7,500 to established visual artists

Term of Contract:

- September Deadline: Activity Period - November 1, 2020–November 30, 2021
- March Deadline: Activity Period - May 1, 2021–May 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

At the time of the application deadline, all applicants must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Have not received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Program in the past 16 months, calculated from application deadline month to application deadline month;
- Have been domiciled in Oregon for at least one year (Domicile is a person’s fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes);
- Not be enrolled in a creative degree-bearing program either part-time or full-time; and
- Submit an individual application. While the Arts Commission acknowledges many artists work collaboratively, awards will be made only to individual artists.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, applicants seeking additional funding from The Ford Family Foundation’s Career Opportunity Funding must be established practicing Oregon visual artists who meet the following criteria:
- Are currently producing work in the fields of visual arts or contemporary craft (Arts Commission Project Discipline codes 05, 07 and 08);
- Domiciled in Oregon for 36 months prior to the application deadline; and
- Have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, five (5) or more years of active professional participation in the field of visual art.

Career Opportunity Program funds may not be used for the following:
- Reimbursement of expenses paid outside the activity dates
- The applicant’s own artistic fees, wages or stipends.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for the next Career Opportunity Grant will open on August 4, 2020 with a deadline of 5pm on September 10, 2020. Artists are encouraged to contact the program manager prior to completing the application to discuss their opportunity.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal.

Grant awards will not be paid out until after the start of the activity period. Applicants should plan accordingly.

There is no match required for Career Opportunity Program awards. However, if you are requesting additional funds from The Ford Family Foundation you must contribute some portion of your own resources to the activity and indicate so in the application’s budget revenue section.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Eleanor Sandys
(971) 707-3004

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