New $1.25M Artist Relief Fund + October Updates
We are partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Community Foundation to support individual artists through the Artist Relief Program. The program will award grants between $1,000-$5,000 to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic due to cancellations of exhibits, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities. Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply. The program guidelines and application are available here. The application deadline is November 10, 2020.
As we enter month eight of the coronavirus pandemic and with the added impacts of wildfires statewide, we want to provide an update of our funding processes and priorities. We will be launching a new application process for both our arts and education funding by early November pending completion of testing of our new platform. News of the launch will be posted here - please check back for updates.
In the arts, we will be offering one-year, unrestricted general operating support grants with a simplified application process for requests under $25,000.
For education, and for larger grant requests in the arts, we will be inviting letters of inquiry to save organizations’ time if their proposals do not align closely with our current priorities.
We intend to provide a quick turnaround from application to decision to grant payment.
We understand there is much uncertainty, and will not expect you to have all the answers.
We are continually impressed by the resiliency of the non-profits we support. We recognize your deep dedication to the communities you serve, and we see you adapting to uncertainty with creativity, flexibility and generosity. Thank you for all you are doing.
Current grantees: Please be in touch with your questions & concerns, as we can offer flexibility as needed. Read our latest updates here.
Resources: Tools for nonprofits related to fundraising, online events, remote work, and more are here. We recommend NAO's Planning During Change Toolkit, including scenario planning tools and a helpful cashflow projection template.