Grants

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 volunteers serving on peer 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, and other non-profit organizations headquartered in our service area – Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington Counties, Oregon.

Learn more about each of our grant programs:

Project Grants

Professional Development Grants 

General Operating Support

*As part of our effort to support the arts & culture community impacted by COVID-19, please visit our Emergency Relief, Donate and Relief Resource Listings.

News

FY2019-2020 General Operating Support Grant Awards

Learn more about RACC’s General Operating Support program.   New Partner Organizations for FY19 – 20 – Awarded in February 2020. Corrib Theatre – $15,000 New Expressive Works – $15,000 Outside the Frame – $15,000 Pacific Youth Choir – $20,000 Portland Taiko – $15,000 Shaking the Tree Theatre – $15,000   Capacity Building Organizations for FY19 […]

2019-20 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 3)

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 Catalyst.  The following 91 Project Grants were approved on May 27, 2020 […]

New RACC Emergency Fund for Artists and Creative Workers

Initial fund provides more than $120,000 in small grants for individuals Thousands of individual artists and creative workers have already lost contracts, gigs, and teaching work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Performance cancellations, closures and physical distancing requirements are having a devastating impact on greater Portland’s creative community. In Multnomah County alone, more […]

News For RACC Grantees

We’ve heard from many of you with concerns about the COVID-19 virus. We want to assure you that RACC is committed to supporting the artists and organizations we work with in this rapidly evolving situation. Our staff is working remotely and you can reach your grants officers by email – see contact information below. If […]

2019-20 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 2)

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 Catalyst.  The following 84 Project Grants were approved on February 12, 2020 […]

2019-20 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 Catalyst.  The following 86 Project Grants were approved on September 25, 2019 […]

2019-20 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 following 36 Professional Development Grants totaling $53,260 were awarded on December 9, 2019. (*First time grant recipients)   2019-20 Professional Development Grant […]

Project Grants – program on hold

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 Catalyst. Click here to visit our Project Grant page for more information. […]

FY2018-19 General Operating Support Equity Investments (Cycle 2)

The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support partner organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $239,550 was awarded to nine organizations in this cycle. Additional funds will be awarded in a second cycle in June […]

2019-20 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

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 following 43 Professional Development Grants totaling $55,210 were awarded on June 11, 2019. (*First time grant recipients)   2019-20 Professional Development Grant […]

2018-19 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 3)

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 105 Project Grants were approved on May 29, […]

2018-19 RACC Project Grants (Cycle 2)

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 65 Project Grants were approved on February 18, […]

FY2018-19 General Operating Support Equity Investments (Cycle 1)

The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support partner organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $239,550 was awarded to nine organizations in this cycle. Additional funds will be awarded in a second cycle in June […]

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

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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 […]