Precipice Fund

Round 4 applications are now closed. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 13, for the announcement of Round 4 awards at the PICA Winter Social and Precipice Fund Awards, to be held at PICA’s West End offices. More details will be announced soon. Round 5 of Precipice Fund will be announced in Spring of 2017.

Interested in applying to a future Precipice Fund round? Click to find the most recent round’s application guidelines here and Budget Form (if you do not have access to the preferred MS Excel format, you may download the file and then upload to, and open as, Google Sheets).

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About the Precipice Fund

The Precipice Fund provides critical support for artist-driven organizations, projects, initiatives, and publications that exist on the edge of new practice. These projects operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects are an integral part of Portland’s vital art ecology and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

While we believe strongly in the productivity, rigor, and excellence engendered by competitive funding, the Precipice Fund aspires to cultivate a culture of grantmaking that emphasizes community over competition, awarding projects that are highly connective and publicly accessible.

2015 Grant Recipients View grantees >

In the program’s third year, $75,000 was awarded to 20 collaborative artist projects and spaces, ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each and directly benefitting 66 artists (with dozens more served through grant recipients’ projects). The 2015 Precipice Fund Panelists were: Deana Haggag, Director, The Contemporary (Baltimore, MD); Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eicholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR); Polly Morris, Executive Director, Lynden Sculpture Garden and Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artists (Milwaukee, WI); and Patricia Vasquez Gomez, Artist and Former Precipice Fund Grantee (Portland / Mexico City).

About the Warhol Regional Regranting Program

The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.

The nine re-granting programs–developed and facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco–provide grants of up to $6,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work. Together the programs have funded more than 240 projects over six years.

Partners in the Regranting Network

Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Grit Fund, Baltimore, MD
The Idea Fund, Houston, TX
The Kindling Fund, Portland, ME
Platforms Fund, New Orleans, LA
The Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL
Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO
Wavemaker Grants, Miami, FL

Precipice Supporters

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsCalligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti

Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.