Operating Support


Kat Bell
(503) 986-0082
Grant Deadline
  • June 1, 2020
Grant Overview

Note: All previously awarded Operating Support applicants should complete Interim Applications for FY2021. New applications to Operating Support must contact the Arts Commission prior to applying.

The Operating Support program supports the core operations of Oregon’s medium and large nonprofit arts organizations.  The most competitive applicants are arts organizations that offer ongoing, sustained, high-quality arts services or artistic programming and outreach programs in the community.

Operating Support grants can range from $3,000 to $40,000. However, the majority of grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000. This program is intended to contribute to an organization’s full range of programming. Application budgets should include all regular operating, administrative and personnel costs, and program costs, with the exception of capital expenditures. 

Operating Support Grants are evaluated on a two-year cycle (except for FY2021, see note above). Awards are awarded annually, and are derived through a formula that takes into account panel score, organization size, previous awards and available funds.   Organizations will submit a Full Application every other year, and an Interim Application in the “off year”.  More information about the two year cycle can be found in the “Application Timeline” section in the grant guidelines.

Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280