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Project Grants: Now is the time to apply!
by Alfredo Lettenmaier, RACC Grants Assistant
It’s summertime in Portland. The sun is shining, the wind comes off as a slight breeze and the doors at RACC have opened for all those interested in applying for a Project Grant. Now is the time to apply!
Artists from all genres await this time of year to seek assistance for the projects that keep them up at night, that bury them in their studios and work spaces planning and preparing. The only thing needed to fulfill their vision are the funds to carry out the work. Thankfully RACC is here to help. We invite artists and organizations from Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties to apply for grants up to $6,000 to support the creation of new artwork, present a specific performance or facilitate an exhibition during the upcoming calendar year of 2014.
As the weather heats up, so does the demand for Project Grants. Last year, 352 applications were received compared to 263 in 2010, a 34% increase. With a 30% average increase in applications over the past four years, we expect that the demand will only continue to grow. In response to this prospect, starting this year, an applicant can submit only one proposal in a Project Grant cycle. Applicants can submit in either Artistic Focus or Community Participation by the August deadlines. The Arts-In-Schools category will be available at the end of summer with deadlines in October.
The transition to fall at RACC brings with it the beginning of the panel review process. New peer-review panels are pulled together each year by discipline to select the recipients of the Project Grant awards. Last year 70 members of the arts community were utilized on 18 panels in this annual undertaking. The applications are all read, discussed and scored based on established review criteria which include: Artistic Merit, Audience Development and Financial Management. RACC strives to bring new members of the community into the peer-review process every year. People are not asked to serve on Project Grant panels more than once every four years, with the vast majority of panelists being new to this grant program process.
Guidelines and applications for the next round of Project Grants are available on our website (www.racc.org/grantsonline). The first of three deadlines falls on August 7, 2013 by 5:00pm for completed “Intent to Apply” forms. The following are resources that are intended to help you with your Project Grant application.
- Check out our new online video tutorials. The grants department introduces three online video tutorials to further assist artists and help them understand the overall Project Grant program and process better. These videos were created by local animator Zak Margolis and illustrator Stef Choi. To view these please visit www.youtube.com/RegionalArts.
- Attend an orientation. RACC will offer three orientations in July where staff will walk through the Project Grant guidelines and application and answer questions: For individual artists will be held on Thursday, July 18th, 3- 5pm; For not-for-profit organizations will be held on Tuesday, July 16th, 2-4pm and Wednesday, July 24th, 2-4pm. All orientations will be held at the RACC offices, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101. Please contact Alfredo Lettenmaier at 503-823-2928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP.
- Feedback on past applications. If you submitted a Project Grant in a recent cycle, but did not receive funding, be sure to call soon for feedback from the panel discussion. Hearing the strengths and the concerns from a past application can be very beneficial as you craft a new grant.
- Have a draft reviewed. Grants staff will read completed proposal drafts and give feedback to applicants who have not received Project Grant funding in the past. Drafts must be ready no later than August 14th in order to have time for review. Staff review includes grantsmanship and overall clarity, not proposal concept
RACC Grants Staff are available to answer questions via email or phone call as you prepare your Project Grant application. We know how overwhelming this process can be and we hope we can help lessen the burden. Although summer has just begun, don’t let the beautiful weather distract you from your goals. Please extend your questions and concerns to us, we want to hear from you!