Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Grant Program was created to support individual artists and representatives of arts organizations with funding up to $2,000 toward distinct opportunities that will push forward their creative practice or skill development. Residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties are eligible to apply for these grants.

Proposals for Professional Development Grants should demonstrate clearly how the opportunity is timely, distinct within the applicant’s ongoing development, and has potential to positively impact their arts career or organization. The opportunity cannot be geared toward the creation of a specific art project. If you are interested in seeking a grant for a specific art project, refer to our Project Grants Program.

Thanks to a special grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, RACC will have an additional $15,000 to award through the Professional Development Grants Program in 2018-2019.


Information Sessions: RACC offers several free information sessions about Professional Development Grants throughout the month before each Inquiry Application deadline. The next round of information sessions will be held throughout March 2019 before the April 3rd Inquiry Application deadline. Sign up for the RACC mailing list to be notified of upcoming information sessions and other events.


Professional Development Grant Calendar

The deadlines and 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 1

For activities occurring July 1, 2019 –  December 31, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, by 5:00pm


Applications will be available in February 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Wednesday May 1, 2019, by 5:00pm Friday, June 14, 2019 After July 1, 2019
2019-20 Cycle 2

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

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, by 5:00pm


Applications will be available in August 2020

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 30, by 5:00pm Friday, December 13, 2019 After January 1, 2020