Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists and representatives of arts organizations with expenses related to unique opportunities that will advance their artistic and/or business skill development. Applicants can request any funding amount up to $2,000. These grants are available to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Unlike grant programs that support the creation of new work, proposals for Professional Development Grants cannot be geared toward the creation of a specific art project, but must clearly demonstrate how the opportunity is timely, unique to the applicant’s development, and has true potential to positively impact their artistic career or organization.

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.

The following chart includes information about the Professional Development Grants  guidelines and deadlines. For additional questions about eligibility and criteria, contact Jae Yeun Choi at or 503-823-5016.


Info Sessions:

RACC offers free, optional information sessions for interested applicants in the month preceding each Inquiry Application deadline. The next round of Information Sessions will be held in March 2019 ahead of the April deadline.


Professional Development Grant Cycle Calendar

Fall 2018 Cycle Spring 2019 Cycle Fall 2019 Cycle
For activities occurring in July thru December 2018

For activities occurring in January thru June 2019

For activities occurring in July thru December 2019

  • Inquiry Applications for this cycle will be due in early April 2019. Additional information will be posted in November 2018.