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

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

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 […]

RACC unveils new “Arts Equity” grant opportunity; letters of interest due February 24

PORTLAND, ORE — With funding from Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will invest a total of $100,000 in nonprofit organizations that are providing arts and culture programs and services for marginalized communities, including geographically underserved neighborhoods; communities of color, immigrants, […]

2015-16 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

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. 28 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 7 for Organizations. A total of $39,142 was awarded. These grants […]

RACC awards $665,595 for artistic projects in 2016

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $665,595 in project grants for calendar year 2016, including 54 grants to nonprofit organizations and 77 grants to individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. “Once again, the region’s artists and nonprofit organizations have brought a tremendous variety of interesting projects to […]

David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance receive RACC fellowship awards for excellence in visual arts

PORTLAND, ORE — Two Portland-based visual artists have received RACC’s 2015 Fellowship Awards. In addition to being recognized for their artistic excellence and achievements in the visual arts, David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance will each receive a cash grant of $20,000. David Eckard was selected for a RACC Fellowship on the strength of his personal […]

Regional Arts & Culture announces General Operating Support awards to 19 local arts organizations

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded an additional $215,886 in public funding to sixteen Portland-based arts organizations that qualify for General Operating Support. This is RACC’s third cycle in calendar year 2015 for distributing the City’s “arts tax” proceeds; the first two cycles were in January and May. General […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2016

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 calendar year 2016. The first step in applying for a RACC Project Grant is to submit an “Intent to Apply” form online at racc.culturegrants.org […]

2015-16 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. 33 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 3 for Organizations. A total of $45,676 was awarded. These grants were approved by the RACC Board […]

RACC grants $54,118 to 20 nonprofit organizations working with underserved communities

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded grants to 20 Portland-based nonprofit organizations with $54,118 in funds from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF), or arts tax. These “Expanding Cultural Access” grants are designed to provide arts and culture programs and services for communities of color, immigrants, […]

Visual artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2015 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from visual artists 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 in very […]

RACC Awards Arts Tax Proceeds to 11 Additional Arts Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2015 Portland, Ore – The Regional Arts & Culture Council today awarded an additional $200,883 in public funding to 11 Portland-based arts organizations that qualify for General Operating Support. This is RACC’s second cycle in calendar year 2015 for distributing “arts tax” proceeds; the first cycle was in January and […]

Portland-based arts organizations receive public funding increases

PORTLAND, ORE – On January 28, the RACC Board of Directors approved $1,471,626 in disbursements to 16 General Operating Support (“GOS”) member organizations that have submitted their FY2014 financial statements and other final reports to RACC. These grants are made possible thanks to $1.28 million in revenues from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access […]

2014-15 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program supports 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. 22 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 5 for Organizations. A total of $33,310 was awarded. These grants were […]

RACC awards $693,959 for arts-related projects in 2015

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $693,959 in project grants for calendar year 2015, including 66 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 80 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This year’s project grants are made possible by increased funding from the City of Portland, RACC’s largest […]

RACC announces its 2014 fellows in performing arts: Linda Austin and Anita Menon

PORTLAND, ORE. – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has selected two performing artists to receive this year’s fellowship awards: Linda Austin and Anita Menon. RACC’s fellowship program is designed to help local artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process, and each fellowship includes a cash award of $20,000. Linda Austin, […]

Arts education linked to student achievement in the Portland area

A new report ties The Right Brain Initiative to an increase in student test scores Portland, Ore – There is a meaningful and quantifiable link between integrated arts education and student learning, according to a report released today by The Right Brain Initiative in advance of National Arts in Education Week next week (September 14-20). […]

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