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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.

Remaining 2022 Deadlines:

LOI due:  October 21, 2022

Submit LOI between September 26 – October 21, 2022

Invited full applications due:  December 9, 2022

Grantees notified:  January 31, 2023

Looking Ahead: 2023 Deadlines

LOI due:  February 17, 2023

Submit LOI between January 30 – February 17, 2023

Invited full applications due:  March 10, 2023

Grantees notified:  May 30, 2023

LOI due: June 16, 2023
Submit LOI between May 29 – June 16, 2023
Invited full applications due: July 7, 2023
Grantees notified: September 26, 2023


LOI due: October 20, 2023
Submit LOI between September 25 – October 20, 2023
Invited full applications due: December 8, 2023
Grantees notified: January 30, 2024

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. 

If you still have questions, please email program staff. 

 

TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION:
CLICK HERE to create an account or log in to your existing account in our grant portal.