Below are the guidelines for Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Community (ABC) grants. Review these guidelines and then look at the 2-3 sentence description of successfully funded grant projects which are in the PDF’s linked below. You can choose any of the years listed.
Be prepared to talk in class about why you think they were funded, (or questions about why they might have been funded) based on these guidelines.
Purpose of the Arts Build Communities Grants
Arts Build Communities grants support the arts in local communities and the involvement of the arts and artists in community development. The grants recognize the expanding role that arts organizations play in the broader, cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life. Support is provided to arts and other community-based organizations to form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities.
Projects from communities that are underserved by arts services will receive priority for funding. Underserved communities include communities whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Successful community arts projects connect with broader community development issues and goals. The most competitive Arts Build Communities grant projects illustrate the connection between artists, local arts resources, and community development.
Solid arts and community development projects reflect local partnerships, local impact, and careful project management. While projects may access resources outside the community, this program’s emphasis is on building local capacity to strengthen the arts in a community. The ABC Grant program is broader than an arts project grant program. It is committed to fostering partnerships and strengthening the arts in communities across the state.
Projects must support the integration of the arts and artists with community goals and may include new initiatives, new program development, or the expansion of an existing arts and community development project.
This program will not support the construction, purchase, or renovation of facilities. However, pre-development, design fees and community planning activities are eligible for support.
Links to PDF’S of funded grants