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/or 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 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.

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 free, optional information sessions about the Professional Development Grants program throughout the month before each Inquiry Application deadline. Dates and times for the next cycle of information sessions will be posted here in August and occur in September.


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 1

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

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

Friday, October 11, 2019 Wednesday, October 30, by 5:00pm Friday, December 13, 2019 After January 1, 2020