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.

Effective June 1, 2017, RACC has moved to a new online Grant Portal.

Applicants no longer have access to the former GrantsOnline system and all future applications should be submitted in the new Grant Portal. Previous accounts were not transferred to the new system, so applicants will need to create a new account in the new Grant Portal.

If you have questions, need help with the new portal, or need to access previous applications, please contact RACC staff for assistance at 503-823-2928 or jmacnichol@racc.org.

News

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). […]

RACC announces first round of General Operating Support awards for 2014-15; three new member organizations added

PORTLAND, ORE – Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival will join up to 46 other local arts organizations receiving General Operating Support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in 2014-15. More than $1.1 million will be invested as unrestricted support for many of the region’s most established nonprofit arts organizations. General […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2015

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 cultural events planned for calendar year 2015. “Intent to Apply” forms and applications must be submitted online on RACC’s new GrantsOnline system – racc.culturegrants.org RACC Project […]

2014-15 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. 21 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 6 for Organizations. A total of $32,187 was awarded. These grants […]

Performing artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2014 fellowship award

Portland, Ore –  The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from performing artists working in dance/movement, music and theatre for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available online at racc.org/grantsonline.                      Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community in […]

RACC announces first wave of Arts Education and Access Fund investments

44 local arts organizations will receive grants immediately   PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) today announced it has awarded 44 grants totaling $150,072 to local arts organizations. The announcement comes on the heels of the first round of payments from the City of Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF). […]

RACC awards $661,543 to nonprofit organizations, schools, and individual artists for arts-related projects in 2014

PORTLAND, ORE. — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $661,543 in project grants for calendar year 2014, including 60 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 88 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This sum is 10.7% less than RACC awarded for project grants last year, attributable primarily to across-the-board […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council awards $1.7 million to 48 local arts organizations

PORTLAND, ORE. – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded a total of $1,745,354 in grants to 48 local arts organizations. Awarded annually, these grants provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts organizations that deliver year-round programs and have at least $80,000 in annual revenues. “RACC is honored to invest public and private […]

Sallie Tisdale named RACC’s 2013 Literature Fellow

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2013 Literature Fellow: Sallie Tisdale. This fellowship honor carries a cash award of $20,000. “Sallie Tisdale is a pillar of the writing community,” said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC. “Her work is honest, authentic and clear, and she doesn’t waste a word. […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2014

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 cultural events planned for calendar year 2014. “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online – http://racc.org/GrantsOnline – by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2013.  RACC Project Grants support […]

4/3 is the Intent to Apply Deadline for the Literature Fellowship

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from literary artists working in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available online atracc.org/grantsonline. Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community in very meaningful […]

RACC awards $732,440 in project grants to schools, arts organizations and individual artists

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today that $732,440 will be awarded for artistic projects scheduled to take place in 2013 – including 66 grants to organizations and schools, and 94 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This is the largest sum that RACC has ever awarded for project grants. RACC’s […]

Lawrence Johnson named RACC’s 2012 Fellow in Media Arts

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2012 Fellow in Media Arts: Lawrence Johnson. This fellowship honor carries a cash award of $20,000. “Larry has spent many years developing his techniques; experimenting; and is eager to share his personal vision and stories,” said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC. “We […]

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