Round Four (2016) Application Guidelines and Criteria
Round 4 applications are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2017 for details about Precipice Fund Round 5 applications. Grant recipients will be announced December 13, 2016. To view the most recent round’s grant guidelines, click here (PDF).
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In Round 4, the Precipice Fund will award 15 to 20 grants of $500 to $5,000 each, for a total of $75,000 in annual giving. Occasionally, projects may be awarded less than the amount requested in a proposal.
2016 DATES & DEADLINES
Saturday, July 23, 6:00 – 7:30 PM:
Info Session @ Character Plant (Old YMCA, 514 12th St, Astoria, OR)
Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 – 7:30 PM:
Info Session @ Project Grow (2124 N Williams, Portland)
Tuesday, August 2, 6:00 – 7:30 PM:
Info Session @ PICA (415 SW 10th Ave, #300, Portland)
Saturday, August 13, 1:00 – 2:30 PM:
Info Session @ APANO’S JAMS (8114 SE Division St, Portland)
Saturday, August 13, 2:30 – 3:00 PM:
Budget Workshop @ APANO’s JAMS (8114 SE Division St, Portland)
Monday, August 15: Submissions open
Friday, October 14, 11:59 PM PST: Submissions close online at midnight
Tuesday, December 13: Grant recipients publicly announced
The Precipice Fund prioritizes projects that:
- are innovative, experimental, and ambitious
- are artist-run, artist-driven, or artist-centric
- generate opportunities and platforms for local artists and audiences
- challenge or break from established notions, models, and forms of practice, presentation, and organization
- are presented in unconventional or non-traditional sites, spaces, and contexts
- engage a public via process, presentation, production, or publication
- contribute to Portland’s and neighboring cultural hubs’ critical, intellectual, and creative depth
Emphasis on Visual Art
Precipice Fund awards grants to projects rooted in or strongly connected to visual art. Works in performance or media are only eligible if the project clearly incorporates visual art elements at its core, and/or engages critical art discourse or an expanded definition of visual art practice. We are open to innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking and support diverse approaches to visual art practice. If you have questions about your project’s eligibility, please plan to attend an Information Session and email [email protected].
The Precipice Fund aims to be flexible, open, and inclusive while prioritizing support for non-incorporated projects and programs that are ineligible to apply for most grants and other funding sources.
- Federal, 501(c)(3) registered nonprofits ARE NOT eligible.
- Oregon (state-level) unincorporated nonprofit organizations ARE eligible.
- LLC’s (limited liability companies) ARE eligible if their primary purpose is not commercial or for-profit enterprise. We understand that some independent and artist-run spaces and collectives operate as unincorporated LLC’s.
- Projects must be collaborative (carried out by a collective or group of individuals). An individual artist’s project may be eligible if it is highly participatory, collaborative, or engages multiple publics via production and presentation.
- Primary Applicant must reside in Portland, Astoria, or Eugene/Springfield, OR. Collaborators may work or reside elsewhere.
- A significant component of the project must take place in, and be accessible to, Portland’s publics.
- If funded, projects must be completed by December 1, 2017.
What the Precipice Fund Does Not Support
- Work that is not visual art (see explanation above).
- Projects proposed, fiscally sponsored, or presented by a for-profit business or federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.* LLC’s or Oregon (state-level) registered nonprofits are eligible (see above for clarification).
- The work of an individual artist that does not involve other artists or participants, or projects that are a continuation or completion of private studio practice
- Projects that are part of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization’s core programming.
- Projects on which the Primary Applicant resides outside Portland, Astoria, or Eugene/Springfield areas.
- Projects that do not have a public component.
*The Precipice Fund supports independent projects, programs, and spaces that are otherwise ineligible for charitable and grant funding. This is a value of PICA and a mandate of our primary parent funder, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which established the Regional Regranting Program to support artists and endeavors not otherwise ineligible to apply directly for Warhol Foundation and other major grant funding. In a sense, we aim to “even the playing field”. Further questions? Attend an Information Session or contact [email protected]
Primary Applicant Eligibility
One person must apply as Primary Applicant, who serves strictly serves as lead contact during the application and granting process and is NOT considered the lead artist. All collaborators are viewed equally as artists, applicants, and grantees.
- Primary Applicant is the primary contact during the application and grant process.
- Primary Applicant must reside in Portland, Astoria, or Eugene/Springfield, OR.
- You may list up to six (6) collaborators* who share organizing responsibility for the project. Artists supported by your project but who do not have organizing or coordinating responsibility need not be listed as collaborators (e.g., an artist who is strictly exhibiting work but not planning the project/program). Unlike Primary Applicants, collaborators do not need to live in Portland or the state of Oregon. However, the Precipice Fund encourages projects from Oregon-based artists.
- An individual may only submit one application as a Primary Applicant but may be listed as a collaborator on any number of applications.
Proposals will be reviewed by an external panel comprised of local, regional, and national artists and visual art professionals. PICA staff members do not serve as panelists. To be considered for funding, projects must be submitted on time and meet the minimum qualifications outlined above. Selection criteria includes but is not limited to:
- Degree to which projects exemplify innovative or experimental practices
- Potential to generate support and opportunity for local artists
- Broader vision of the applicants
- Capacity of applicant(s) to carry out and complete the project
- Feasibility of project to be realized within grant period and with available resources
Community and Public Engagement
- Accessibility to the public of the project’s final output
- Commitment to serving local artists and audiences
- Potential for impact on the region’s broader arts ecology