RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2017

PORTLAND, ORE — 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 events planned for the calendar year 2017. The first step in applying for a RACC Project Grant is to submit an Intent to Apply form online at racc.culturegrants.org by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

RACC Project Grants support a wide range of artistic activities throughout the Portland tri-county region.  A variety of projects will be considered, as long as they involve the creation or presentation of a performance, exhibit, or other work of art that is available to the general public. Other eligibility requirements apply, and successful proposals will address one of the following objectives:

  • Artistic Focus: project grants that demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation, creativity in programming and artist selection and demonstrated ability by the artist or organization.
  • Community Participation & Access: These projects support artistic programs with high levels of community participation, including K-12 students. 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 art making experience.

The Intent to Apply deadline for Project Grants is Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Approximately $650,000 is available for projects in 2017, and grants will range from $1,000 to $7,000. Nonprofit organizations and individual artists may request up to $7,000. 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, visit http://racc.org/grants/being-a-grant-panelist.

A program overview and a list of projects that were funded for 2016 are available online at www.racc.org/grants. All applications are processed through RACC’s GrantsOnline system at http://racc.culturegrants.org, and RACC provides computer access and technical support for applicants who require assistance. RACC also translates application materials upon request, and provides over-the-phone interpretation services for people with limited English proficiency. Please contact Quinn MacNichol at 503-823-2928 or qmacnichol@racc.org for technical or translation assistance.

RACC staff can help guide applicants through the process of submitting a competitive application. First-time applicants should contact Ingrid Carlson at 503-823-5417 or icarlson@racc.org. Returning applicants should contact Helen Daltoso at 503-823-5402 or hdaltoso@racc.org for assistance.

In addition to providing one-on-one support, RACC has several online video tutorials (available at http://bit.ly/1l6zBfd), and provides free orientation sessions in July to help applicants better understand RACC Project Grant guidelines and application procedures. Dates and times for orientation sessions will be posted at racc.org/grants in late June.

RACC staff will respond to Intents to Apply via email and make the full application available to eligible applicants. Final proposals and support materials will be submitted through GrantsOnline no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2016.

Awards will be announced in late December.


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through The Right Brain Initiative. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. For more information visit racc.org.