To our Oregonians in the Arts:
Your work is getting us through this. All of us are reaching for the poems and music, the shows and performances that help us cope, find comfort, and embrace hope. Artists are helping us understand this new world.
To ensure that arts and culture continue to thrive in our state, a collaborative group of funders is ramping up an ambitious effort to help organizations and artists who have been heavily impacted. To date, $1.3 million in pooled funds has been committed to the Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Program. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.
Established in partnership with state and local arts funders and administered by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), the program will support nonprofit arts and culture organizations throughout Oregon with grants for emergency operating support and recovery activities. Nonprofit organizations can submit a single application that will reach numerous participating foundations, public agencies and individuals. Apply here.
Current partners joining the effort (by pooling funds or directly responding to requests) include the following: Oregon Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Schnitzer CARE Foundation/Jordan Schnitzer, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, The Reser Family Foundation, and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
We have joined this pooled funding effort to help create new grant opportunities. If you have questions about emergency funding, please be in touch with our staff. We expect to open our responsive grant application process again in December 2020. More details here.
• Literary Arts has announced the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, including support for cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights. 100 awards of $1,000 each will be awarded. The deadline is May 13.
• Oregon Humanities has announced $450,000 in emergency grants for general operating or project/program support to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes. Grants of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000 are available. Apply by May 10th.
• GOSW-NAO Resource Connector: Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Nonprofit Association of Oregon have partnered to create this portal, designed to facilitate matching requests from Oregon and southwest Washington public benefit nonprofits with funders who may be able to meet those requests.
• Precipice Fund: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) Precipice Fund will convert its grantmaking for Round 8 (2020) to awarding $60,000 in emergency relief grants for independent visual artists based in the Portland Metro Area who are experiencing financial hardship. 120 grants of $500 each will be awarded and applications open May 4th.
• OPB’s Resources for Artists: OPB is collecting and updating a list of help for artists and freelancers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including resources for musicians, visual artists, and writers.
While we are working remotely, we are able to respond to your calls and emails. Please be in touch and let us know how we can be supportive.
Miller Foundation staff
Martha, Michelle, Jennifer, Alma, & Lacey