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, and Metro. 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-funded work.

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

Check out our new grant program to support and sustain artists and arts-based businesses/organizations during the pandemic.

Make|Learn|Build Grants


Learn more about our other grant programs:
Project Grants
Professional Development Grants
General Operating Support

News

Make|Learn|Build Grants – Round 2 applications due 5/19/2021

RACC is pivoting our grantmaking, offering more flexible awards with the goal of supporting a greater number of artists and arts-based businesses in response to the ongoing pandemic. Changes to our grantmaking align with our value of equity and commitment to racial justice and representation in our services and investments. Click here to visit our Make|Learn|Build Grant page for […]

Catalyst Grants support local artists

Every year, RACC invests hundreds of thousands of dollars through Project Grants to support the creation or presentation of performances, exhibits, and other publicly accessible creative endeavors. In 2019, RACC created a special category of Project Grants specifically designed for applicants who have never before received a RACC grant. The new Catalyst Grant features a shorter […]

Montavilla wine shop bets on jazzy future

In mid-November, the day that Governor Brown’s 4-week “freeze” in Multnomah County went into effect, Vino Veritas General Manager, Trevor Gorham called RACC. Trevor was anxious to learn when his wine shop, Vino Veritas, would receive their grant funding. In business since April 2017, Vino Veritas is a small wine bar and bottle shop located […]

“Capturing the Moment” through the lenses of Portland’s Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color

Interpretation services available, email info@racc.org Servicio de interpretación disponible   |  Предоставляются услуги переводчика   |   Có dịch vụ thông dịch   |   通訳サービスあり   34 Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color have had works selected for a new public art collection titled Capturing the Moment. This collection showcases work in a wide scope of medium, […]

Capturing the Moment – Call to Portland Artists and Creatives

Interpretation services available, email info@racc.org Servicio de interpretación disponible   |  Предоставляются услуги переводчика   |   Có dịch vụ thông dịch   |   通訳サービスあり Application window closed Monday, Oct. 26. Artists are essential. In times of crisis, artists express what they see and feel, helping us process what we are going through, activating, and uplifting the community. Capturing […]

PDXCARES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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 […]

FY2019-2020 General Operating Support Grant Awards

Learn more about RACC’s General Operating Support program.   New Partner Organizations for FY19 – 20 – Awarded in February 2020. Corrib Theatre – $15,000 New Expressive Works – $15,000 Outside the Frame – $15,000 Pacific Youth Choir – $20,000 Portland Taiko – $15,000 Shaking the Tree Theatre – $15,000   Capacity Building Organizations for FY19 […]

2019-20 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 3)

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 Catalyst.  The following 91 Project Grants were approved on May 27, 2020 […]

New RACC Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers

Initial fund provides more than $120,000 in small grants for individuals Thousands of individual artists and creative workers have already lost contracts, gigs, and teaching work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Performance cancellations, closures and physical distancing requirements are having a devastating impact on greater Portland’s creative community. In Multnomah County alone, more […]

News For RACC Grantees

We’ve heard from many of you with concerns about the COVID-19 virus. We want to assure you that RACC is committed to supporting the artists and organizations we work with in this rapidly evolving situation. Our staff is working remotely and you can reach your grants officers by email – see contact information below. If […]

2019-20 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 2)

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 Catalyst.  The following 84 Project Grants were approved on February 12, 2020 […]

2019-20 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 Catalyst.  The following 86 Project Grants were approved on September 25, 2019 […]

2019-20 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 following 36 Professional Development Grants totaling $53,260 were awarded on December 9, 2019. (*First time grant recipients)   2019-20 Professional Development Grant […]

FY2018-19 General Operating Support Equity Investments (Cycle 2)

The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support partner organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $239,550 was awarded to nine organizations in this cycle. Additional funds will be awarded in a second cycle in June […]

2019-20 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 following 43 Professional Development Grants totaling $55,210 were awarded on June 11, 2019. (*First time grant recipients)   2019-20 Professional Development Grant […]

2018-19 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 3)

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 105 Project Grants were approved on May 29, […]

2018-19 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 2)

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 65 Project Grants were approved on February 18, […]

FY2018-19 General Operating Support Equity Investments (Cycle 1)

The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support partner organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $239,550 was awarded to nine organizations in this cycle. Additional funds will be awarded in a second cycle in June […]

Nine Portland arts organizations receive additional support from RACC to advance equity work

Nine Portland arts organizations receive additional support from RACC to advance equity work The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded nine Equity Investment grants to arts organizations in Portland. These grants, totaling $239,550, are made possible through funding from the City of Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund, or Arts Tax. “Portland taxpayers […]

We’re updating our General Operating Support program

Changes to General Operating Support This post has been updated to reflect the final changes to the GOS program adopted by the RACC Board of Directors on February 6. All current GOS partner organizations have received an email communication from RACC updating them on these changes and indicating Base Award and Investment Award information for […]