Millions in new state and local funding is coming available for arts non-profits and artists, performing arts spaces, music venues, and small businesses. Timelines are short. Read below to see where you or your organization can tap into these new resources.
Watch our COVID-19 resources page for details on new grants and relief opportunities as we know them.
APPLY NOW! #PDXCARES Venues Funding
Funds for performing arts spaces, music venues, independent film theaters
In July Portland City Council allocated $2.5 million in federal COVID relief funding for Portland-based businesses and non-profit organizations that program public space for music, dance, and independent film and that are unable to open until Phase III of the state’s re-opening due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health shutdown.
Up to $2 million will be available in grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for commercial entities with eligible expenses related to the coronavirus closure in accordance with federal requirements. An additional $500,000 is dedicated to non-profit entities for the same purpose.
Priority will be placed on supporting applicant organizations that are led by or serve Black, Indigenous, and all people of color (BIPOC) community members, that have not previously received other state funds, or that present or partner with local artists and musicians. The federal CARES Act requires that funding be used only to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the economic shutdown and that were incurred during the period that began on March 1, 2020, and ends on Dec. 30, 2020.
Prosper Portland and RACC will host a panel review process. Staff will screen for eligibility and priority
criteria. Panels made up of a diverse group of community representatives will review eligible
applications using the following priority and review criteria. More details in the application guidelines.
Businesses and organizations apply here www.racc.org/apply
Deadline for submission 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.
New Round of Small Business Assistance Grants
Individual cities and counties have their own deadlines and requirements for these funds.
Resources and information here: https://www.mesopdx.org/grants/
Opening Sept. 14 in Portland: https://prosperportland.us/[portfolio-items][portland-small-business-relief-fund]
In Washington County: https://www.co.washington.or.us/CAO/business-recovery.cfm
Application Closed – Oregon Cultural Trust Coronavirus Relief Funds
Funding for Cultural Nonprofits and Community Venues
When: Application closed Aug. 24 at noon.
Cultural Coalitions in each county will help make funding decisions by September 14.
Find out more about how the City of Portland allocated $114 million in federal CARES ACT funding
Learn more about State COVID Relief funding for arts and music
Keep any eye out here and on our COIVD-19 resources page for more updates.