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RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2011

Regional Arts & Culture Council seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2011

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties to submit proposals for artistic projects and cultural events planned for calendar year 2011.  “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online – http://racc.org/GrantsOnline – by 5:00 p.m. on August 4, 2010. 

RACC “Project Grants” support a wide range of artistic activities throughout the Portland tri-county region. To be eligible, projects must involve the creation or presentation of a performance, exhibit, or other work of art that is available to the general public.  Proposals must address one of the following objectives:

·       Artistic Focus: These projects will demonstrate high artistic quality, innovation, creativity in programming and excellence in artist selection.

·       Community Participation: These projects support cultural and artistic programs with high levels of community participation. Projects in this category should impact participants by providing them with a greater sense of self, family, community and place through learning and participating in their own artmaking experience.

A third category of Project Grants are specifically for artists working in schools. “Arts-in-Schools” applications and guidelines will be available after August 26th with deadlines in October.

Approximately $440,000 is available this year, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 each.  RACC encourages submissions from new, emerging, and established artists alike.  All eligible proposals will be grouped by discipline and adjudicated by a panel of community volunteers with interest and experience in arts and culture programming.  For more information on how panelists are selected, visit http://bit.ly/9yioo8.

Guidelines and other important materials – including a list of projects that were funded in 2010 – are available online at www.racc.org/grants.  All applications must be submitted using RACC’s online grants system; RACC provides computer access and technical support for people who require assistance.

RACC has compiled tips on how to submit a successful grant application, available online at http://bit.ly/c7QI8I . RACC staff is also available to guide applicants through the process of submitting a competitive application.  First-time applicants should contact Helen Daltoso at 503-823-5402 or [email protected] for assistance. Returning applicants should contact Ingrid Carlson at 503-823-5417 or [email protected]

In addition to providing one-on-one support, RACC provides free orientation sessions to help applicants better understand RACC Project Grant guidelines and application procedures.  Two orientations have been scheduled, and RACC is working with partners in Clackamas and Washington Counties to schedule additional sessions. Please contact Tonisha Toler at 503-823-5866 or email [email protected] for more information and to RSVP:

•          An orientation for individual artists will be held Wednesday, July 7th at 3:00pm at RACC, 108 NW 9th Avenue in Portland, Room 202.

•          An orientation for not-for-profit organizations will be held Wednesday, July 14th at 3:00pm, RACC, 108 NW 9th Avenue in Portland, Room 202.

RACC staff will notify applicants as to whether their “Intent to Apply” proposal meets the minimum eligibility requirements shortly after the deadline (August 4, 2010 at 5:00pm).  Final proposals must be submitted electronically through the online system by August 18, 2010 at 5:00pm, and physical copies with supplemental materials must be received at the RACC offices by August 25, 2010 at 5:00pm.  Awards will be announced in mid-December. 

Contact: Mary Bauer, Communications Associate

503.823.5111  |  email: [email protected]

Regional Arts & Culture Council

108 NW 9th Avenue, #300

Portland, OR 97209

503.823.5426

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