Operating Support


Kat Bell
(503) 986-0082
Grant Deadline
  • March 29, 2021
Grant Overview

The Operating Support program supports the full range of programming of Oregon’s nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $150,000.  The most competitive applicants are arts organizations that offer ongoing, sustained, high-quality arts services or artistic programming and community impact. 

Operating Support awards typically range from $3,000 to $40,000. These awards contribue to an organization’s full range of arts programming and operations. 

To be eligible, applicants must operate within a mission that describes the arts as the primary purpose and focus of the organization. The Arts Commission funds organizations working primarily in Dance, Film/Media, Interdisciplinary, Music, Arts Services, Literary, Theatre and Visual Arts.

Operating Support applications are evaluated in multi-year cycles. Organizations will submit a full narrative application including Data Arts report and work samples for panel review in some years, and an abbreviated application with a Data Arts report in others. Award amounts are calculated annually through a formula that takes into account review panel score, organization fiscal size, previous awards and available funds. More information about the application cycle can be found in the program guidelines.


Oregon Arts Commission

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