Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Grant Program supports artists, arts professionals, and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties with up to $2,000 toward distinct opportunities that will push forward their creative practice and business skill development.

For more information, check out the Professional Development Grant Guidelines below. This document outlines the grant program and application process:

Professional Development Grant Application Guidelines

The Professional Development Grant Program is centered on whether the opportunity you would like funding for 1) is distinct from other experiences you have had previously, 2) is timely, meaning you are in a prime position now to benefit from the opportunity, and 3) has potential for new professional growth. Note: The opportunity you apply with cannot be geared toward the creation of a specific art project. If you are interested in grants for specific art projects, refer to our Project Grants Program.

Information Sessions: RACC offers free, optional information sessions for interested applicants in the month preceding each Inquiry Application deadline. These information sessions are approximately 90 minutes long and go through every step of the application process. Sign up here!


Professional Development Grant Calendar

The next deadline or notification dated for each cycle are highlighted in green.

Questions? Contact RACC staff for assistance at 503-823-2928 or

Cycle Inquiry Applications Due Responses to Inquiry Applications Sent Full Applications Due Awards Announced Funds Available
2019-20 Cycle 2

For activities occurring January 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2020

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, by 5:00pm

Applications now available in the RACC Opportunity Portal!

Friday, October 11, 2019 Wednesday, November 6, by 5:00pm Friday, December 13, 2019 Beginning January 1, 2020

RACC is making some changes to the Professional Development grant application process and timing for the coming year. These changes are intended to make the program more flexible and accessible for applicants, and increase the number of opportunities to apply each year. We expect to announce the new process and deadlines in January. The next deadline will be in April 2020. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Quinn at