In Beaverton, the arts are a part of our identity, helping to build community, attract visitors and drive progress. The Beaverton Arts Program contributes by presenting arts and cultural events and programs that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. 

Emerging Arts Opportunities is intended to provide support for unanticipated events or those responding to specific opportunities or urgent need, especially for emerging artists, students, or organizations new to the grant-making process. Projects could include workshops, art classes, or art activities that serve Beaverton residents. Applicants may apply on a rolling basis for this opportunity.


In 2019, the City of Beaverton will invest $5,000 in grants through the Emerging Arts Opportunities program. 

  • Funding requests may be up to $500 per applicant 
  • This is not a matching-grant but we encourage applicants to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects.


  • Call for proposals: Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Submission deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, or until all grant funds are expended 
  • Award Notification: within 4 weeks of application submission


Informed by Beaverton’s Community Vision, the goal of Emerging Arts Opportunities is to support place and activation projects that:  

  • Enrich the lives of Beaverton residents and visitors by integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods and making them accessible for all
  • Nurture community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, cultural and other non- and for-profit organizations
  • Contribute to economic vitality, instigate neighborhood revitalization and beautification, and promote our city as a place that is welcoming, vibrant, responsible, friendly, safe, and active.  
  • Inspire creativity and innovation by providing opportunities for local and regional talent, both emerging and established.
  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity in neighborhoods
  • Nurture and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories
  • Animate and rejuvenate public spaces 
  • Increase public safety and awareness
  • Capitalize on community assets and identity
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and wellbeing

Applications must clearly demonstrate how the proposed activity will: 

  1. Build awareness of the role and value of arts in Beaverton and increase public participation; or
  2. Promote access to the arts, to enhance learning and development of art, and encourage public participation in the arts; or
  3. Support ways to celebrate diverse art forms or cultural diversity through art; or
  4. Foster economic development in the community through art


All applicants will be considered, but it is advisable that the primary applicant identify as one of the following:

  • Individual artists or artist collectives
  • School groups that fall within the city of Beaverton
  • Individual Students
  • Non-profits

The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:

  • Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, or newspapers. 


Emerging Arts Opportunities funding may be used to cover expenses directly related to the project, such as:

Planning & Personnel

  • Project management, volunteer coordinator, community organizer

Professional Services

  • Insurance (see Insurance & Liability Coverage below)
  • Marketing expenses
  • Permits (parks, construction, etc.)
  • Professional consultants (designer, engineer, artist, etc.)

Material, Supplies & Maintenance

  • Art supplies (paint, printing, etc.)
  • Building materials
  • Equipment rental (audio/visual, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Landscaping (soil, shrubs, plants, mulch, rocks, logs, etc.)
  • Installation/De-installation
  • Maintenance needs


Project funds may not be used for:

  • Projects on private property that are not publicly-accessible
  • Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
  • Purchase of facilities
  • Maintenance, operation or retroactive funding of existing projects
  • Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
  • Re-granting
  • Fundraising activities
  • Surveys or studies
  • Financial awards
  • Cash reserves and endowments
  • Food and beverage (unless demonstrated as a primary need or essential to an artist’s vision i.e. social practice projects involving food)


Proposals for the Emerging Arts Opportunities grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online through with required documentation including:

  • Project narrative
  • Project budget
  • If applicable, up to six images or media files which visualize or demonstrate examples or sketches of your proposed project and/or previous work. Applicants may also submit other supporting material – such as a brochure, newsletter, past review, etc. 


  1. Beaverton Arts Program staff and Beaverton Arts Commission board members will review proposals according to the established eligibility criteria. 
  2. Awards will be based on grant panel’s recommendations.
  3. Grant applicants can anticipate notification of grant award status within four weeks of application submission. 
  4. Notification and information on award status can only be given after the grants process is complete.


For questions about the grant guidelines or application, contact the Beaverton Arts Program at 503-526-2471 or

City of Beaverton