Typical project grants range from $1,500 to $3,000. Project Grants will not exceed $3,000. 501(c)3 status is required to obtain grant amounts beyond $1,500.
Typical Core Support range from $5,000 to $10,000. 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 cash expenses, and may not exceed $25,000 regardless of the budget size of the applicant.
Do you provide Operating Grants?
Yes. The purpose of these grants is to provide critical core support to arts & cultural organizations based in Hillsboro.
When can grant funds be used?
Funded activities must take place during the fiscal year of the current grant cycle (i.e. July 1st to June 30th). No extensions will be given. If the grant cannot be completed in this timeframe, the applicant will be required to relinquish unexpended funds. Grant recipients must notify HACC of any changes related to funded activity in writing.
Is there a way for HACC staff to check my grant application to make sure that it is eligible?
Yes! 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. To learn more about deadlines for this process, Email HACC staff.
What will lead to the immediate disqualification of my grant proposal?
Any inclusion of restricted items in funding requests
Failure to meet application deadlines
Request for funding outside of eligibility requirements or offered funding levels
How often can we apply for a grant?
Can we apply for more than one grant at a time?
Organizations may only apply for one Project Grant at a time, but may apply for both a Project Grant and Core Support Grant in the same grant cycle.
What projects or expenditure DO you fund?
Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Goals, including but not limited to:
Professional development and organizational capacity 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
Enhanced marketing and communications to residents and visitors through consistent and professional promotions
Partnerships that support economic and community development efforts
Community Program Goals, including but not limited to:
Strong community outreach component such as: performances, exhibitions, screenings, readings or festivals
Program improvements that increase access to the arts and culture for underserved populations
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
If you have any questions about whether a potential project or expenditure fits with our grant guidelines, please contact HACC staff.
What projects or expenditures DON’T you fund?
Organizations or projects 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
Debt retirement or operational deficit
Food or beverages
Travel expenses (including gas or mileage reimbursements)
Dues for memberships to professional or artistic organizations
Can individual artists apply for a grant?
No. We do not give grants to individual artists, unless sponsored by an arts and culture organization. In this case, the sponsoring organization should apply for the Community Arts & Culture Grant.
I received a grant last year. Do I need to submit a final report before applying for another grant?
Previously funded organizations need to submit their final report before new grant funds will be released. A progress report is required before applying for a new grant.
I did not receive a grant this year. Can I contact the HACC for feedback before applying for next year?
Yes. Feel free to contact HACC staff via email or by telephone at 503-615-3497 to receive feedback on your organization’s previous grant applications.
Our organization received a grant last year. The same project is still in need of support. Can we apply for another grant for the same project?
What is a Taxpayer Identification Number or (TIN)?
The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is an identification number used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the administration of tax laws. It is issued by either the Social Security Administration (SSA) or by the IRS. The HACC requires a valid TIN in order to ensure that awards are granted to the appropriate organization.
Our organization is in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. Can we still apply for a grant?
An organization that is in the process of applying for 501(c) can apply for a Level 1 Community Arts & Culture Grant of $1,500 or less. If a status change is imminent, please contact HACC staff to discuss the issue.
Our organization does not have 501(c) 3 status. Can we still apply for a grant?
An organization does not have to have 501 (c) 3 status to apply for a Level 1 Community Arts & Culture Grant of $1,500 or less. Review the Funding Levels & Eligibility Criteria to ensure that your organization qualifies for this grant.
A 501(c)3 is required for a Level 2 Project Grant, as well as a Core Support Grant.
Who is eligible for a grant?
The Community Arts and Culture Grant Program provides financial support for arts and culture organizations located in Hillsboro. Educational and social service organizations are also eligible to apply for funds for arts and culture related programs. If you are unsure about your organization’s eligibility, please contact HACC staff.