Small Capital Improvement Projects

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Small Capital Improvement Projects Grants 
Applications closed January 24, 2019 
Selections will be announced mid-March

The 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. Funding is offered in multiple categories, including support for

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. An organization may submit an application for either category or both. If more than one project is submitted, prioritize them in terms of greatest need, and submit a separate application for each project.  

Typical Grant Range: Up to $50,000 per exhibition.
Funds requested may not exceed 75% of the project’s total budget .
Length: Primarily single year.


  • Improve or expand exhibition, studio or appropriate storage space.
  • Purchase equipment to showcase the work of Oregon visual artists.


    • Organization 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.   

    Priority given 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 2019, 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.

    GRANT requests need to:

    • Serve all populations 
    • Serve communities in Oregon


    • Approved funds will be released in 2019. Exact dates will be determined by the specific project needs and any contingency requirements placed on the grant.
    • The Foundation may choose to fund less than the amount requested.
    • These grants are competitive and not all requests are guaranteed funding. 

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