The Regional Arts & Culture Council seeks proposals to provide arts access for underserved communities

Portland, Ore – 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. 
Organizations that have already received funding through RACC’s Project Grant program or RACC’s General Operating Support program in calendar years 2013 and 2014 are not eligible to apply. 
For more information on how to apply, including all criteria, visit
RACC’s outreach specialist, Tonisha Toler, is also available to help organizations with their proposals; Tonisha can be reached by email at or by phone at 503-823-5866.
The RFP is also available in Spanish and other languages upon request, and applicants whose primary fluency is in a language other than English can call 503-823-5071 to receive live, over-the-phone interpreted assistance from RACC.