PICA is pleased to announce the launch of Round Three of the Precipice Fund, and the continued support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti in sustaining the program for a third year. In Round Three, the Precipice Fund will once again award 15-20 grants of $500 to $5,000 each to unincorporated, collaborative visual art projects, programs, and alternative spaces in Portland, Oregon, totaling $75,000 in annual giving.

Download our press release in English or Spanish (Español)


SUBMISSIONS OPEN: August 17, 2015 (online application questions and budget form available at this time)
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: October 9, 2015

Download Round 3 Precipice Fund Guidelineswhich detail timeline, application instructions, eligibility, selection criteria. A budget form will accompany the grant.

Tercera Ronda (2015-16) Criterios y Lineamientos de la Solicitud en Español.

The Precipice Fund continues to expand its reach and impact throughout the state. We encourage submissions that include Oregon artists based outside Portland, who are eligible to serve as collaborators on a project proposal. In order to build greater awareness of the program among artists, neighborhoods, and regions, we will hold 2015 Precipice Fund information sessions throughout Portland, as well as in Eugene/Springfield and Astoria, Oregon.


Artists interested in applying should plan to attend one of our free information sessions (see schedule below), which outline guidelines, eligibility, and submission instructions. If you attended a session last year, this year’s will include 2015 updates. Additionally, two free budget workshops will be offered in Portland, designed for those new to grantwriting and project budgeting but also useful for more seasoned applicants. Budget workshops will immediately follow the June 6th and August 1st information sessions. A budget form similar to the one that will be required for application submission will be available starting on June 1st (the date of the first budget workshop). 

To register for an information session, email [email protected] with your name, session date, and number of attendees. If signing up for June 6th or August 1st, please indicate whether you are registering for the information session, the budget workshop, or both. Note: Non-Portland artists are eligible to apply for a Precipice Fund grant as a collaborator on a submission that includes Portland-based artists and a public component in Portland. In the interest of expanding awareness of the program among artists statewide, two of our five information sessions in 2015 will be held outside Portland.

Thursday, May 14, 6:00-7:30 PM
Ditch Projects
303 S. 5th Ave, #165, Springfield

Downtown Portland
Saturday, June 6
Info Session: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Budget Workshop: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave (Ste. 300), Portland

Thursday, July 9, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Clatsop Community College
Columbia Hall, Room 219 1651
Lexington Ave, Astoria

East Portland
Thursday, July 16, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
ArtHaus at Milepost 5
850 NE 81st Ave, Portland

North Portland / St. Johns
Saturday, August 1
Info Session: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Budget Workshop 2:30 – 4:00 PM
7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland OR 97203

We are grateful to host sites Ditch ProjectsClatsop Community College Art DepartmentArtists Milepost, and c3:initiative, whose partnerships help us expand awareness of the Precipice Fund among artists, neighborhoods, and regions.

About the Precipice Fund Administered by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program, the Precipice Fund awards grants to unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects in Portland, Oregon. Recognizing the barriers to funding faced by independent arts initiatives, Precipice Fund seeks to support both new and existing projects emblematic of Portland’s alternative, on-the-ground art community. For more information about the Precipice Fund, click here.