The Regional Arts & Culture Council (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 members serving on peer review 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. 

New RACC grant opportunities will be announced soon!

Learn more about our past grant programs:

Make|Learn|Build Grants 

Project Grants

Professional Development Grants

General Operating Support

City of Portland Urgency/Stability Support for Artists


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 […]

2018-19 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 approved these 34 Professional Development Grants totaling $45,400 on December 12, 2018. (*First time grant recipients)   2018-19 Professional Development […]

FY2018-19 New General Operating Support Partner Organizations

Three arts organizations were selected to become Partner Organizations in RACC’s General Operating Support program. These awards were approved by the RACC Board of Directors on December 12, 2018. Boom Arts – $10,500 PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) – $8,000 Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls – $10,500

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]