Joaquin Lopez, recipient of a 2015 RACC Project Grant, presents VOZ ALTA, an evening of music and poetry from the  Latino LGBTQ community.

RACC supports the region’s vital arts and culture community through a variety of grant programs; each is described in more detail below. These grants are made possible through investments from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Metro and Work for Art. Funding is awarded through a competitive process that includes dozens of community volunteers serving on peer panels and evaluating each request. Artists and organizations who receive public funding through RACC are required to report on the outcomes of their grant.

RACC grants are available to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, gender identity, and source of income or disability status.


General Operating Support Grants help fund the overall mission of arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Applicants must have minimum eligible income of $75,000 for three years and at least one paid professional staff. New applicants reviewed every year.

Project Grants are awarded to both individual artists and nonprofit organizations in two categories: Artistic Focus and Community Participation & Access. A project is a specific art presentation, exhibit or creation of work that is fully executed within a specified timeline and contains a public component. Awarded once per year. 

Professional Development Grants assist artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. Awarded twice per year.


The Artist Fellowship program recognizes the artistic excellence and achievements of individual artists. Fellowships include a cash award to help artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process.



Please note that all grant applications and reports must be submitted online using RACC’s GrantsOnline system. With GrantsOnline, applicants can access: 

  • A Summary of Currently Available Grants
  • Intent to Apply Forms
  • Applications
  • Invoices and Final Reports

Staff to Contact

Helen Daltoso
Grants Officer
Ingrid Carlson
Grants Officer
Jack MacNichol
Grants Associate