BEFORE APPLYING, PLEASE NOTE:
The Precipice Fund supports projects that 1) are unincorporated, collaborative, and concentrated in visual art; and 2) include a Primary Contact based in the metro areas of Portland, Astoria, or Eugene, Oregon. A Primary Contact serves strictly as an applicant group's main point person with Precipice Fund staff. This individual is not considered a "lead" artist on the proposal. In other words, the Primary Contact and all "Collaborators" on an application are viewed equally as artists, applicants, and/or grantees.
If you were a Primary Applicant or Collaborator on a project that was awarded a Precipice Fund grant in Round 4 (2016-17), then you must wait until Round 6 (2018-19) to re-apply. To ensure that you are eligible for the grant before applying, and in order to produce a more competitive proposal, visit precipicefund.org for a full description of the Precipice Fund program, application guidelines, eligibility criteria, and funding priorities.
Administered by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Re-granting Program, the Precipice Fund awards grants of $500 to $5,000 to unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects in the greater (metro) areas of Portland, Astoria, and Eugene, Oregon. Recognizing the barriers to funding faced by independent arts initiatives, the Precipice Fund seeks to support both new and existing projects emblematic of our region's independent, pioneering, on-the-ground art scene.
The Precipice Fund provides critical support for artist-driven organizations, projects, initiatives, and publications that exist on the edge of new practice. These projects operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects play an integral and vital role in a local art ecology and emulate the innovative spirit of the Pacific Northwest. While we believe strongly in the productivity, rigor, and excellence engendered by competitive funding, the Precipice Fund aspires to cultivate a culture of grantmaking that emphasizes community over competition, awarding projects that are highly connective and publicly accessible.