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Art Lives Here Project Grant

Grants to Oregon Artists, Nonprofits, Businesses,
and Groups in Eligible Regions for Arts Programming

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City of Beaverton

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon individual artists, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and groups in eligible regions for publicly accessible arts programming that helps connect local communities and residents to their cultural heritage. Funding is intended to support community-based arts projects that enhance Beaverton’s neighborhoods. Project duration may vary and may be a one-time placemaking event, performance, creative wayfinding or other artwork installation that is on display temporarily or permanently.

Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and can include but are not limited to: design interventions, community projects, festivals, performances, public art, streetscaping, landscaping, and functioning public amenities such as creative wayfinding, decorative benches, tables and bicycle racks.

Applicants should explain why their project is relevant to the community and public space for which it was imagined, and what they hope to achieve both short and long-term if this project is awarded a grant.  Please note:

  • Public place is defined as an area that is accessible, highly visible and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza or street. Projects can be on private property so long as they meet the definition of a public place.
  • Proposals can be conceptual and do not need to identify all details regarding implementation and permitting specifics (e.g. insurance needs, precise location details, design qualifications, etc.). Grant recipients will receive guidance from City Staff to facilitate these implementation areas for their projects 
  • Applicants are encouraged to instigate collaborative creative and community partnerships and should consider inclusivity in their approach.

The goal of the Art Lives Here program is to support place and neighborhood-based revitalization and activation projects that:   

  • Enrich the lives of Beaverton residents and visitors by integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods and making them accessible for all 
  • Nurture community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, cultural and other non- and for-profit organizations 
  • Contribute to economic vitality, instigate neighborhood revitalization and beautification, and promote the city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active. 
  • Inspire creativity and innovation by providing opportunities for local and regional talent, both emerging and established. 
  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity in neighborhoods 
  • Recognize and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories 
  • Animate and enliven public spaces  
  • Increase public safety and awareness 
  • Capitalize on community assets and identity 
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being.

For information about eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187843

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to three projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests may be up to $5,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists and nonprofit visual, literary and performing arts organizations that serve the Beaverton community are eligible to apply.

All applicants will be considered, but it is advisable that the primary applicant identify as one of the following:
- Neighborhood Association Committees (NACS) or neighborhood-based group
- Business Development Association or Chamber of Commerce, etc.
- Business or placed-based organizations (non- and for-profit)
- Individual professional artist or artist collective
- School groups in the Beaverton School District

The following ineligible applicants may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:
- Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers.
- Individual Students

Project funds may not be used for:
- Projects on private property that are not publicly-accessible
- Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
- Purchase of facilities
- Maintenance, operation or retroactive funding of existing projects
- Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
- Re-granting
- Fundraising activities
- General operating expenses and activities
- Surveys or studies
- Financial awards
- Cash reserves and endowments
- Food and beverage (unless demonstrated as a primary need or essential to an artist’s vision i.e. social practice projects involving food)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by April 30 2020, 5:00 PM.

Grant recipients will be notified in May 2020.

This is not a matching-grant but applicants are encouraged to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects. Applicants should include either potential or confirmed funding sources in their project budget. Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged.

Contact Information:

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

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P.O. Box 4755
Beaverton, OR 97076
Phone: 503-526-2471
Fax: 503-526-2479

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: City of Beaverton

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