RACC’s Emergency Fund
for Artists and Creative Workers
RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to submit 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.
Donations to this fund will be distributed directly to creative professionals in need. Applications open on April 2, 2020 and should be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2020 for initial consideration.
*As new funds are donated and identified, RACC will award additional funds.
PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE APPLYING.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Applicants must self-identify as a professional artist or as a professional working in the arts.
- Applicants must legally reside in RACC’s service area – Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon.
- Applicants must have experienced a financial loss related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Potential losses could include:
- Financial losses due to the cancellation of performances, events, contracts, or commissions.
- Loss of non-refundable travel costs related the applicant’s artistic practice. This could include travel to residencies or conferences, touring, or other business-related travel.
- Loss of income for teaching artists due to the closure of schools.
- Loss of income for artists working full or part-time in other industries who have used their income to support their artistic practice.
Frequently asked questions
We’ll be updating this section with additional FAQs as we move through the process. We are committed to making this process accessible to all – please see the FAQs below to learn more about the ways we can help you apply. If you have a question that isn’t answered here or if you would like to get in touch with our team, please use this form to request assistance.
What/who does this fund support?
This fund supports artists and other creative workers who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is open to artists and creative workers residing in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties in Oregon at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines.
How much funding is available to me?
Up to $500 per applicant.
When should I apply?
Apply ASAP. The application window is open until 5pm on Monday, April 13, and due to the anticipated volume, late applications will not be accepted.
How do I apply?
Applications will be submitted online in the RACC Opportunity Portal.
Who is RACC prioritizing in this process?
- Those with lower incomes.
- Those who have experienced the largest amount of loss relative to their total income.
- Those who have not received funding from other local relief funds for the arts.
I’m having issues using the online application portal.
We are available to provide you any technical support you might need accessing our online application system. Please use this form to request assistance.
I don’t have access to a computer or access to the internet.
We’re happy to help you apply over the phone or some other way. Please use this form to get in touch and we’ll contact you to work out a solution.
I need information or an application in an alternate format.
We are happy to provide documents or information in alternate formats to make our processes more accessible. If our application portal is not accessible to you for any reason, we are also happy to work with you to find an alternate way to submit your application information. Please use this form to request assistance and our team will follow up with you to coordinate services.
I don’t speak English. Can I get forms and information in my language?
We are happy to arrange translation services if you or someone you know would like to submit an application in languages other than English. Please use this form to request assistance and our team will follow up to coordinate services.
If I have a question, how do I contact RACC?
If you have a question that is not listed above and would like a grants team member to contact you, please fill out our assistance form here and someone will reach out to you within two business days.
Donate now to the RACC Emergency Artist Relief Fund today
About the Arts Impact Fund
The Regional Arts & Culture Council is modifying the Arts Impact Fund to address the urgent needs of artists whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. Effective March 20, 2020 new donations to the Arts Impact Fund will be used for COVID-19 relief for individual artists and creative professionals.