ARTS LETTER OF INQUIRY
Supporting Oregon arts and arts education organizations with annual expenses over $500,000
Beginning in October 2021, we will once again be accepting letters of inquiry for project and general operating support from organizations that deliver visual, performing, media, literary, or interdisciplinary artistic programming, performances or exhibits, including arts education programming for K-12 students.
Requests can be for one or two years of funding. Our grants are typically between 3-6% of your annual expenses. We very rarely fund the entirety of a project or greater than 10% of an organization’s annual expenses.
While we typically support organizations delivering arts programming as their primary mission, we recognize that in many communities, such artistic programming is delivered by community organizations that provide a variety of other programs and services as well. We recommend such organizations apply for project grants to support their arts-based activities specifically. Before applying, it may be helpful to refer to the list of activities we typically do not fund.
LOI due: October 22, 2021
Submit LOI between October 1-22, 2021
Invited full applications due: December 10, 2021
Awards announced: January 31, 2022
LOI due: February 18, 2022
Submit LOI between January 31 – February 18, 2022
Invited full applications due: April 8, 2022
Awards announced: May 30, 2022
LOI due: June 17, 2022
Submit LOI between May 30 – June 17, 2022
Invited full applications due: August 5, 2022
Awards announced: September 26, 2022
LOI due: October 21, 2022
Submit LOI between September 26 – October 21, 2022
Invited full applications due: December 9, 2022
Awards announced: Late January 2023
ELIGIBILITY & CONSIDERATIONS
Applicants must be based in and serving Oregon communities, and must have been providing programs or services to the community for 3+ years.
Applicants' annual operating expenses must be $500,000 or greater. If your organization’s current fiscal year annual operating expenses are less than $500,000, please apply through our Fast Track program.
Applicants must not have a current open grant with our Foundation.
We rarely fund requests that are greater 10% of your annual operating budget.
Applicants can apply for one or two years of project or general operating support
Eligible organizations may submit one LOI in a 12-month period. Current grantees may submit an LOI 12 months (or the length of their grant period for multi-year grants) after their last grant decision date. For current grantees: the final report for your prior grant must be submitted before you submit a new LOI. You may submit your final report before the due date if the conditions of the grant have been met.
LOI ARTS: HOW TO APPLY
WONDERING IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE?
As part of our application process, you will take an eligibility quiz to be directed to the programs for which you're eligible.
Please review our FAQ page before starting the Letter of Inquiry process.
Our LOI can be edited and submitted in our grant portal during these periods:
October 1-22, 2021
January 31 – February 18, 2022
May 30 – June 17, 2022
September 26 – October 21, 2022
You can save your work on the form and log in to continue your work later before submitting.
TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION:
CLICK HERE to create an account or log in to your existing account in our grant portal.