Regional Arts & Culture Council seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2013

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties to submit proposals for artistic projects and cultural events planned for calendar year 2013. “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online –  by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2012.

RACC “Project Grants” support a wide range of artistic activities throughout the Portland tri-county region. To be eligible, projects must involve the creation or presentation of a performance, exhibit, or other work of art that is available to the general public. Proposals must address one of the following objectives:

  • Artistic Focus: These projects will demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation, creativity in programming and excellence in artist selection.
  • Community Participation: These projects support cultural and artistic programs with high levels of community participation. Projects in this category should impact participants by providing them with a greater sense of self, family, community and place through learning and participating in their own artmaking experience.
    A third category of Project Grants are specifically for artists working in schools. “Arts-in-Schools” applications and guidelines will be available after August 23rd with deadlines in October.

Approximately $680,000 is available this year, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 each. RACC encourages submissions from new, emerging, and established artists alike. All eligible proposals will be grouped by discipline and adjudicated by a panel of community volunteers with interest and experience in arts and culture programming. For more information on how panelists are selected, click here.

Guidelines and other important materials – including a list of projects that were funded in 2012– are available online here. All applications must be submitted using RACC’s online grants system ; RACC provides computer access and technical support for people who require assistance.

RACC staff are available to guide applicants through the process of submitting a competitive application. First-time applicants should contact Helen Daltoso at 503-823-5402 or for assistance. Returning applicants should contact Ingrid Carlson at 503-823-5417 or

In addition to providing one-on-one support and online tutorials (coming soon), RACC provides free orientation sessions to help applicants better understand RACC Project Grant guidelines and application procedures. 

An orientation for individual artists will be held on Thursday, June 21st from 2:00 to 4:00pm at RACC, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101.
An orientation for not-for-profit organizations will be held on Tuesday, July 10th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at RACC, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101.
A second orientation for individual artists will be held on Thursday, July 12th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at RACC, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101.
RACC staff will notify applicants via email as to whether their “Intent to Apply” proposal meets the intention of the Project Grant. Final proposals must be submitted electronically through the online system by August 15, 2012 at 5:00pm, and physical copies with supplemental materials must be received at the RACC offices no later than August 22, 2012 at 5:00pm. Awards will be announced in mid-December.