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 a competitive process 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 grants are available to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, gender identity, and source of income or disability status.

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

 

 

News

1/18 HACC Workshop: Washington County Arts & Culture Grants Panel

Join representatives from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and Regional Arts & Culture Council for a free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities. This popular session highlights funding options specifically for arts & culture groups, and addresses individual guidelines and restrictions for many […]

RACC distributes $555,358 in Work for Art proceeds, adds three organizations to its General Operating Support program

PORTLAND, ORE – At its October 26 board meeting, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors approved to expand by three the number of organizations that receive General Operating Support annually from RACC, awarding grants to My Voice Music ($9,800), Portland Playhouse ($23,000) and The Circus Project ($12,800). A total of 51 arts […]

RACC funding brings art classes to residents living in affordable housing

Linda Jackson is a participant in The Giving Tree NW's Art Exploration painting and printing class.

By Heather Morrill, The Giving Tree NW For eight weeks, beginning September 2016, two groups of residents living in affordable housing took part in The Giving Tree’s Art Explorations. These class sessions, brought directly on-site to the community rooms at Alder House Apartments and Station Place Tower, were funded in part by an Arts Equity […]

Vanessa Renwick and Brian Lindstrom receive RACC fellowship awards in media arts

PORTLAND, ORE – Two Portland-based filmmakers have received RACC’s 2016 Fellowship Awards. In addition to being recognized for their artistic excellence and achievements in the media arts, Vanessa Renwick and Brian Lindstrom will each receive a cash grant of $20,000. Vanessa Renwick has been making provocative films in the Portland region for decades. Her work ranges […]

RACC Opportunity: Travel Portland Co-Marketing Funds

To help attract more out-of-town visitors during Portland’s off-peak tourism season (November through March) and extend the reach of Portland’s cultural events, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Travel Portland provide co-op marketing funds for Portland-area cultural organizations to enhance their existing out-of-region marketing efforts (advertising, public relations,etc.). REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must demonstrate how these […]

RACC announces final round of General Operating Support grants

The Akropolis Reed Quintet and BodyVox collaborating for a Chamber Music Northwest concert last summer. BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest both receive General Operating Support from RACC. (Photo by Jonathan Lange.

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has awarded its final round of General Operating Support grants for the fiscal year ending June 30. RACC distributes these funds three times per year, after organizations submit comprehensive annual reports to RACC. To qualify for General Operating Support, nonprofit arts organizations must demonstrate artistic excellence and […]

Project grants impact artists and our community

By Sara Farrokhzadian Summer time is project grant season at RACC and staff is spreading the word about the upcoming “Intent to Apply” deadline on August 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. This year $650,000 in funding is available for artistic projects and events that are scheduled to take place in calendar year 2017. Project grant […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2017

Newspace Center for Photography presents "Our City in Stereo" through 10/1. (2016 RACC Project Grant)

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 […]

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 […]

2016-17 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program individual artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically. A total of $44,905 was awarded to 35 individuals and 3 organizations. These grants were approved by the RACC Board on […]

RACC Opportunity: Project Grants

The Project Grant Program provides financial support to Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County not-for-profit organizations and individual artists for Project Based Arts Programming. Grants are awarded up to $7,000 and are available in two categories: Artistic Focus and Community Participation & Access. A project is a specific art presentation, exhibit or creation of work that is fully executed […]

RACC awards inaugural Arts Equity Grants

Wisdom of the Elders,Inc. was awarded an Arts Equity Grant to produce a documentary and radio series.  Esther Stutzman (Komemma Kalapuya,Coos) (pictured) participated in one of their storytelling festivals last year, funded in part by RACC.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $119,380 in Arts Equity Grants to 21 organizations for activities that advance RACC’s goals for equity in Portland and Multnomah County. These grants are funded by City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund, along with support from Multnomah County. The Arts Equity Grant program is […]

RACC awards inaugural Arts Equity Grants

Wisdom of the Elders,Inc. was awarded an Arts Equity Grant to produce a documentary and radio series.  Esther Stutzman (Komemma Kalapuya,Coos) (pictured) participated in one of their storytelling festivals last year, funded in part by RACC.

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $119,380 in Arts Equity Grants to 21 organizations for activities that advance RACC’s goals for equity in Portland and Multnomah County. These grants are funded by City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund, along with support from Multnomah County. The Arts Equity […]

RACC Opportunity: General Operating Support Grants

New members are invited to apply for the General Operating Support Grants Program which provides general financial support to arts organizations in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties, based on their artistic excellence, proven service to the community, administrative and fiscal competence and RACC grant compliance. The General Operating Support Grants Program seeks to fund arts […]

Media artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2016 fellowship award

Filmmaker Lawrence Johnson received the last RACC Media Arts Fellowship in 2012.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from media artists (including film, video and audio) for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at http://racc.culturegrants.org. Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community […]

Media artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2016 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from media artists (including film, video and audio) for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at http://racc.culturegrants.org. Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute […]

RACC Opportunity: Media Arts Fellowships

The Regional Arts & Culture Council Fellowship Award Program recognizes artistic achievement and excellence and offers individual artists greater opportunities to advance their work. The program is intended to help individual artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process. RACC intends to award up to two (2) $20,000 Media Arts Fellowships, dependent on […]

A tax you can feel good about

Before the arts tax, Sitton Elementary in St. Johns didn't have an arts specialist. Now, students receive weekly instruction from art teacher Carlos Baca.

Now in its third year, the Arts Education and Access Fund has put an arts teacher back in every Portland elementary school and is transforming the way arts organizations serve our community.  by Claire Willett At right: Sitton Elementary in St. Johns didn’t have a full-time arts specialist before the arts tax. Now students receive […]

New “Arts Equity” grants available

After a three-year pilot program to expand access to arts and culture in the city of Portland, RACC is launching a new Arts Equity Grant program, funded by Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund or “arts tax.” “This new program is similar to the ‘Expanding Cultural Access’ grants […]

RACC Opportunity: Fall 2016 Professional Development Grants

Are you seeking new opportunities to expand or enhance your artistic career? RACC has created Professional Development Grants to assist artists and arts administrators with unique experiences directly related to their career or organizational development. These opportunities may be to improve their business management skills, support a new website or fund a visit to a professional workshop that […]

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