Grants

RACC supports the region’s vital arts and culture community through a variety of grant programs. These grants are made possible through investments from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Metro, and Work for Art. Funding is awarded through competitive processes that includes dozens of community volunteers serving on peer panels and evaluating each request. Artists and organizations who receive public funding through RACC are required to report on the outcomes of their grant.

RACC accepts grant applications from individual artists, arts organizations, and other non-profit organizations headquartered in our service area – Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties, Oregon.

Learn more about each of our grant programs using the links in the menu to the right.

News

Worrying is Just Another Form of Storytelling

Metal tin open, face up, with contents inside of it. On the left there's a photo of two youth smiling at the camera. On the right there are miscellaneous items including a red ball, small box, and paper.

How Kathleen Lane is working with youth to understand anxiety as a universal human experience by Lokyee Au, Communications Manager It’s estimated that we create anywhere between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day. These tens of thousands of thoughts running through our head every day have the ability to reinforce, dictate, or alter our actions, […]

AWP 2019 Scholarships – deadline December 5, 2018

AWP 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS RACC is excited to offer 45 scholarships for writers based in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties to attend this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair at the Oregon Convention Center from March 27-30, 2019. A scholarship includes admission to the bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions […]

Project Grants – next deadline February 6, 2019

RACC’s Project Grant Program provides financial support to individual artists and not-for-profit organizations in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, for project based arts programming. Grants are awarded up to $7,000 and are available in three categories: Artistic Focus, Arts Equity & Access, and Arts Services. Project Grants are offered three times per year, with annual deadlines […]

2018-19 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 1)

RACC’s Project Grant Program provides financial support to individual artists and not-for-profit organizations in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, for project based arts programming. Grants are awarded up to $7,000 and are available in three categories: Artistic Focus, Arts Equity & Access, and Arts Services.  The following 52 Project Grants were approved on September 17, 2018 […]

Special one-time allocation of Arts Education and Access Fund

RACC is distributing $3,389,000 in a special disbursement of recently accrued Arts Education and Access Funds (AEAF), also known as arts tax funds. These funds will be disbursed in line with RACC’s contract with the City of Portland and will be allocated as follows: $2,464,000 in special one-time allocations to General Operating Support (GOS) partner […]

We’re updating our General Operating Support program

Updates to General Operating Support Starting in Fiscal Year 19-20, RACC will be adopting a new structure for its General Operating Support program. This structure revises the allocation strategy for distribution of GOS funds, and makes us more nimble, inclusive, and strategic. These changes will mean our workplace giving and grants teams work closer together […]

Changes are happening with Work for Art

Changes to the Work for Art program Over the past 18 months, the Work for Art team has been deeply evaluating the 12- year- old program with an end goal of transforming our work into something that will yield greater impact and scalability. At the end of August, we’ll retire the Work for Art brand, […]

FY2017-18 General Operating Support Awards

A total of $2,482,600 in General Operating Support was distributed to 55 organizations in fiscal year 2017-18. Additional information about this program is available on the General Operating Support page. The arts organizations which were awarded General Operating Support in 2017-18 are Artists Repertory Theatre – $69,500 Bag & Baggage Productions – $10,000 Blue Sky Gallery  […]

2018-19 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The Professional Development Grant program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. The RACC Board approved these 36 Professional Development Grants totaling $49,190 on May 23, 2018. (*First time grant recipients)   2018-19 Professional Development […]

88 local artists and arts organizations awarded total of $451,037 by Regional Arts & Culture Council

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Portland, Ore — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $451,037 in project grants to 59 artists and 29 nonprofit organizations in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. RACC’s project grants provide financial support for individual artists and nonprofit organizations, and align with RACC’s goal of advancing the region’s access to a wide range […]

FY2017-18 General Operating Support Equity Investments

The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support member organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $149,664 was awarded to nine organizations in FY17-18. The RACC Board of Directors approved these awards on March 21, 2018. […]

GOS Survey Results

In January, RACC conducted a stakeholder survey to collect feedback on RACC’s General Operating Support (GOS) grant program. The anonymous survey was distributed to all current GOS program member organizations, more than 150 arts organizations that do not currently receiving GOS support, and to community members. Here is the Executive Summary. GOS is the single largest funding […]

RACC Opportunity: Fall 2018 Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically Proposals in the Professional Development Grant Program cannot be geared toward the creation of a specific art project, but must clearly demonstrate how […]

2017-18 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

2017-18 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2) The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. The RACC Board of Directors approved these Professional Development Grants on December 13, 2017. Individual recipients: Avantika […]

RACC supports 88 upcoming artistic projects with $444,861 in funding

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $444,861 in project grants to 43 artists and 45 nonprofit organizations. These grants are funded by a combination of public and private investments, including the City of Portland’s general fund, the city’s Arts Tax, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County and Metro. Additional […]

Four additional arts organizations to receive General Operating Support from RACC

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has approved the addition of four nonprofit organizations to its roster of “General Operating Support” organizations that receive annual unrestricted funding from RACC in support of their mission. The four new “GOS” organizations are: August Wilson Red Door Project, $12,000 CoHo Productions, $12,800 Oregon BRAVO […]

RACC awards Literature Fellowships to Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2017 Fellows in Literature – Portland writers Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld. RACC’s fellowship program honors local artists of high merit. Recipients receive a cash award of $20,000 to sustain or enhance their creative process. Samiya Bashir is a collaborative […]

FY2016-17 General Operating Support Awards

Please note: This post (8/1/17) was updated on October 20, 2017, to correct some award amounts that were originally misreported. A total of $2,430,900 in general operating support was distributed to 51 organizations in fiscal year 2016-17. Additional information about this program is available on the General Operating Support page. The arts organizations which received general […]

2017-18 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. The RACC Board approved these awards on May 24, 2017. (*First time grant recipients) Here are the 2017-18 Professional Development grant awards (cycle […]

2017-18 Arts Equity Grants

Arts Equity Grants provide financial support to organizations that are conducting arts and culture projects and programming for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, underserved neighborhoods, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, people experiencing homelessness and houselessness, and other communities that have historically been marginalized. The RACC Board of Directors approved the final 24 grant awards on […]