Small Capital Improvement Projects

In support of visual arts

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The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program honors the late Hallie Ford's interests in the visual arts. The goal: Help enhance the quality of artistic endeavor and body of work by Oregon's most promising visual artists. The program also works to improve Oregon's visual arts ecology by making strategic investments in Oregon institutions. The Foundation offers funding in multiple categories in this program, including Small Capital Improvement Projects and Exhibition and Documentation Support. These grants are for organizations that are museums or community facilities in Oregon whose principle mission is the exhibition, preservation and/or creation of art. 

We invite you to submit an application for Small Capital Improvement Projects or for Exhibition and Documentation Support, or both. If you submit more than one project for consideration, we request that you prioritize them in terms of greatest need, and submit a separate application for each project.  


  • To improve or expand exhibition, studio or appropriate storage space.
  • To purchase equipment to showcase the work of Oregon visual artists.

If your project does not fit this category, check out our other Current Funding Opportunities.


    • Must be a viable facility for the exhibition, preservation and/or creation of art.
    • Organization must have a proven track record of mounting original and/or hosting traveling exhibitions.
    • Project must be feasible and one that will advance the organization’s ability to originate or host exhibitions and care for works of art, and/or support the creation of new work.
    • Organization is willing to work collaboratively with other institutions in their community and around the State to showcase promising Oregon visual artists.
    • Foundation funds must finish a project or specific component(s) of a total project.
    • Project oversight expenses/indirect costs will not be funded (i.e. staffing and administration).
    • Applicant organizations must have current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service, or be a governmental entity, or be an IRS-recognized tribe.  Applicants may not be a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

    We give priority to:  

    • Projects with a strong, diverse funding plan in place that will support the completion of the entire project as outlined in the application.  
    • Projects ready to expend grant funds in 2017, understanding that some project completion dates may cross a calendar year. 
    • Qualified institutions that currently have no open grants with the Foundation. If your institution has received a prior grant, but has completed its work and the required reporting, then your request will be competitively reviewed with all other requests.

    Funding Opportunities

    Application opens: 4th quarter 2017

    Typical grant size: Up to $50,000. Funds requested may not exceed 75% of the project’s total budget. 

    The Foundation may choose to fund less than the amount requested. These grants are competitive and not all requests are guaranteed funding. 

    Length: Primarily single year.

    Timing: Funds will be released in 2017. Exact dates will be determined by the specific project needs and any contingency requirements placed on the grant.

    Geography served: Oregon

    Population served: All populations.

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