National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

New RACC Grant Opportunity


Make|Learn|Build grants offer funding for artists and arts-based businesses/organizations in three categories:

MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline

LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business

BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs

Submit only one application at a time for Make|Learn|Build grants.
Choose your category at either the $1,500 or $3,000 funding level. 

Round one applications close: March 17, 5 p.m. PST
Round two applications close: May 19, 5 p.m. PST

Grant awards will be based on funds available, panel rankings, and RACC’s stated values to serve under-represented communities.Applicants must live or have a business in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.

Read grant guidelines:
https://racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Make-Learn-Build-Grant-Guidelines.pdf.

Find more about the grant:
https://racc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Make-Learn-Build-Grant-FAQ-1.25.21.pdf.

Registering with RACC Opportunity Portal is required to apply for the grant. Registration is free.

National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page.

Sincerely,
The CaFE Team

New Emergency Fund for Individual Artists

Thousands of individual creative professionals have lost contracts, gigs, and teaching work. Performance cancellations, closures and physical distancing requirements are having a devastating impact on greater Portland’s arts community.  In Multnomah County alone, more than 900 individual artists responding to a recent survey estimated nearly $9 million in lost income just for March through May, 2020. 

This is where you can give – and get – help.

RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports individual creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the global pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to share evidence of their artistic practice, household income and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds. Technical support and translation services are available.

Give, so artists can survive economically in Oregon.
Apply, so creativity can thrive and lead our collective healing through this critical time.