RACC Alert

Request for Proposals: Expanding Cultural Access

Above: From Latino Art Now, an organization that was an Expanding Cultural Connections grant recipient in 2013




The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites nonprofit organizations in the City of Portland to submit proposals for projects that provide arts-related services to communities of color, immigrants, refugees, Disabled and LGTBQ communities. Applications are due by March 14 at 5:00 p.m. In May, RACC will announce grant awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each, for a total of $26,000, through its “Expanding Cultural Access” program.
RACC values a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture. With funding from the city’s new Arts Education and Access Fund, RACC is eager to support organizations whose programs and projects are expanding access to the arts. This round of grants will be targeted toward communities that have historically been underserved in the past; examples of competitive proposals might include:
  • An event or program that gives underserved artists increased outlets to promote and market their work.
  • A technical assistance/learning/training program for artists in underserved cultural communities.
  • A community event that highlights and promotes the art and culture of one particular community or many different communities. 

To meet the criteria for this grant, applicants must:

  • be a nonprofit organization in the City of Portland – although 501(c)(3) status is not required;
  • demonstrate an ability to execute the proposed activity, including a record of successfully completing similar projects in the past;
  • fund at least half of the project themselves, or with other contributions and in-kind support. RACC funds cannot cover more than 50% of the total cost of the activity;
  • submit a written report within 30 days of the end of the project, summarizing who participated and how they benefited. RACC will provide a final reporting form asking how your outcomes were measured.
In addition:
  • the activity must be open to the public (whether the event is free or has an admission fee);
  • the activity must be fully accessible for people with disabilities;
  • funds cannot be used for food, housing, or equipment purchases.
To apply, download the RFP and RACC’s budget template and submit your application by March 14, 2014. RACC’s outreach specialist, Tonisha Toler, is also available to help organizations with their proposals; Tonisha can be reached by email at ttoler@racc.org or by phone at 503-823-5866. Applicants who would like to receive translation assistance may do so by calling RACC’s special interpretation line at 503-823-5071.