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Grants to Assist Oregon Artists
Career Opportunity Grants to Artists
Oregon Arts Commission [State]
Grants of up to $7,500 are available to Oregon artists in order to help them propel their careers forward. Two categories of grants are available; the first for emerging and established artists 18 years and older in all disciplines; and the second, for visual artists over 30 years old. Applicants in the first category are those who have identified critical opportunities for their career/business development. Applicants in the second category are those who need to fund major career‐enhancing advancements.
The first type, Career Opportunity Grants, supports individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of unique opportunities to enhance their careers through the development of arts, business, or professional skills; expanded marketing capacity and/or the further development of the nature or quality of their artwork. They may apply for funding to show in national or international exhibits, to participate in conferences, workshops, or residencies, or to explore other ways to expand their knowledge and business base. The second type, The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Grants, targets mid-career, full-time visual artists in the 30 and over age group who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production, or exhibition of their work. The goal of the Visual Arts Program is to accelerate an enhanced quality of artistic endeavor and bodies of work by mid‐career Oregon visual artists through supporting their exploration, conceptualization, production, exhibition, and documentation, and to improve Oregonʹs visual arts ecology.
The following list, while not including all potential activities for which support may be used, illustrates the range of activities for which artists may request support:
• Travel associated with an imminent, specific professional artistic opportunity (with costs calculated at most economical and direct route);
• An exceptional opportunity for advanced study with a significant master or mentor (outside of a classroom setting and not related to any degree program);
• Professional fees and services for a specific opportunity (i.e. a photographer to document work);
• Rental of equipment, instruments, or working space in response to a unique artistic opportunity;
• Materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance or publication, etc., that will have a significant impact on the artist’s career;
• Preparation, freight, and shipping costs associated with an exhibition or presentation of the applicant’s work.
Estimated Size of Grant:
Career opportunity grants: $300 to $1,500; Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Grants $1,500 to $7,500
Term of Contract:
October 1, 2012–September 15, 2013
See RFP for full eligibility
Career Opportunity Grants:
Emerging and established artists practicing all disciplines must:
• Be a current Oregon resident;
• Be 18 years of age or older;
• Have been an Oregon resident for one full year prior to the application deadline date;
• Have not received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission in the past twelve (12) months from the application deadline.
Ineligible: Full-time students and hobbyists
Ford Foundation applicants must be practicing Oregon mid‐career visual artists who:
• Are currently producing work in the fields of visual arts and contemporary craft;
• Are full‐time residents of Oregon for 36 months prior to the application deadline;
• Are 30 years of age or older at the time of application;
• Have evidenced, through appropriate documentation, seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in his/her medium; and
• Are not currently enrolled in a degree‐seeking program, either part‐time or full‐time at the time of application or during the successive grant period.
Before starting your grant application, contact the funding source below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.