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 the greater Portland region’s vital art ecology and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is pleased to announce Round Six of the Precipice Fund for 2018, with information sessions throughout the month of July, and an application deadline of October 12. The Precipice Fund will continue to award 15-20 grants of up to $5,000 each, for a total of $75,000 in giving, to unincorporated, collaborative, visual art projects, programs, and spaces in the metro areas of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene, OR.

To view 2018 Grant Guidelines, please click here. For an abbreviated, at-a-glance version of Grant Guidelines, schedule of information sessions, and important dates and deadlines, please visit the Precipice Fund Application Page.

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.

2017 Grant Recipients View grantees >

Precipice Fund is proud to announce its Round Five (2017–18) grant recipients. In the program’s fifth year, $75,000 was awarded to 18 collaborative artist projects and spaces, ranging from $2,300 to $5,000 each.

PICA’s Kristan Kennedy, Artistic Director and Curator of Visual Art, and Roya Amirsoleymani, Artistic Director and Curator of Public Engagement, gathered four panelists to review projects. The 2017 Precipice Fund Panelists were: Yaelle Amir, Independent Curator (Portland, OR); Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Artist and PhD Candidate at University of California, Davis (Oakland, CA); Felisha Ledesma, Artist, Director of S1 Portland, and Former Precipice Fund Grantee (Portland, OR); and Dan Paz, Artist and Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).


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.

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

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 12 re-granting programs–developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, 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. For more information, visit

Partners in the Regranting Network

Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Fulcrum Fund, Albuquerque, NM
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
Visual Arts Fund, Minneapolis, MN
Wavemaker Grants, Miami, FL
Velocity Fund, Philadelphia, PA