Community Arts & Culture Grant Eligibility

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What We Fund

Examples of fundable goals include, but are not limited to:

Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Goals

  • Professional development and organizational capacity building initiatives such as: working with arts and culture professionals to develop an organizational business plan, funding strategies, marketing plans or other capacity building initiatives
  • Technology advancement such as: website development, systems development for ticketing, graphic design or other organizational needs
  • Enhance marketing and communications to residents and visitors through consistent and professional promotions
  • Partnerships that support economic and community development efforts

Community Program Goals

  • Program improvements that increase access to the arts and culture for underserved populations
  • Strong community outreach component such as: performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings or festivals
  • Enhance local arts and culture community by offering workshops, lectures, demonstrations, master classes or panel discussions
  • Musical performance expansion such as: cultural festivals or celebrations
  • Youth programming, including out-of-school opportunities
  • Displayed art tours in coordination with local businesses, public institutions, galleries, private collections and artists

Note: Please utilize HACC staff for inquiries about eligibility or funding restrictions. Organizations may apply for a Project Grant, a Core Support Grant, or both.

What We Don't Fund

Funding restrictions are as follows:

  • Organizations that do not serve the greater Hillsboro community
  • Building improvements (including, but not limited to: construction or renovation of facilities, lighting or sound systems, hanging systems, or security systems)
  • Individual artists, unless sponsored by an arts and culture organization
  • Academic tuition
  • Debt retirement or operational deficit
  • Food or beverages
  • Travel expenses (including gas or mileage reimbursements)
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Dues for memberships to professional or artistic organizations

Other Restrictions

  • Only one project grant application per fiscal year
  • Final Report forms submitted for all completed HACC grants (non-compliance may affect future grant awards)
  • Progress Report forms required for funded projects that are incomplete
  • Amount awarded annually is dependent upon availability of funds

What Will Lead to Immediate Disqualification

  • Any inclusion of restricted items in funding requests
  • Failure to meet application deadlines
  • Request for funding outside of eligibility requirements or offered funding levels

Review and Revision Opportunity

Organizations have the opportunity to utilize staff for a Review and Revision process. Applications submitted by the Review and Revise deadline (at least 3 weeks in advance of the final submission date) are eligible to be reviewed by staff and organizations will be notified of any causes for disqualification. Applications submitted after the Review and Revise deadline will not be eligible for this process.

Funding Levels

Project Grants

Level 1: $0 - $1500

Grant Eligibility Criteria
IRS 501(c)(3) status is not required. To be considered for a Level 1 project grant, an organization must:

  • Exist as an arts or culture organization with a non-profit business model or as an educational institution or social service group with an arts and culture component or partner
  • Apply for a grant that specifically addresses the goal(s) defined within this documentProvide a Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Offer events or activities in Hillsboro or have a primary responsibility to serve the residents of Hillsboro
  • Provide a budget summary for the proposed activity
  • Provide a roster of board members

Level 2: $0 - $3000

Grant Eligibility Criteria
IRS 501(c)(3) status is required. To be considered for a Level 2 project grant, an organization must:

  • Comply with Level 1 eligibility criteria
  • Have IRS 501(c)(3) status (verification letter may be requested)

Core Support Grants

Core Support Grants support the core operations of arts and cultural not-for-profits providing arts programming to the Greater Hillsboro Community. The most competitive applicants will be arts organizations that offer ongoing, sustained, high-quality artistic programming and outreach in the Hillsboro Community.

Note: Core Support Grants can range from $3,000 to $25,000. Grant requests should be no more than 25% of the applicant’s prior year revenue, and may not exceed $25,000 regardless of the budget size of the applicant. For example, an organization with an annual operating budget of $40,000 may apply for no more than $10,000 (25% of their operating budget.) An organization with an annual operating budget of $400,000 may apply for no more than $25,000 (the maximum grant request for CACG.) The HACC has finite resources and not all eligible applicants will receive funding.

Grant Eligibility Criteria
IRS 501(c)(3) status is required. To be considered for a Core Support grant, an organization must:

  • Exist as an arts or culture organization with a non-profit business model or as an educational institution or social service group with an arts and culture component or partner
  • Provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Offer events or activities in Hillsboro or have a primary responsibility to serve the residents of Hillsboro
  • Provide annual operating budget
  • Provide most recent strategic plan or organizational plan
  • Provide a roster of board members
  • Have IRS 501(c)(3) status. A letter verifying status may be requested