Call to Artists: Beaverton Art Lives Here Community Grant, Due March 25

The City’s Arts Program is soliciting applications for grant funding to support arts-related projects in Beaverton. Projects must serve residents of Beaverton. Those projects that provide opportunities to historically marginalized and/or underserved community members are most likely to be funded. Project duration may vary and could be a one-time or recurring event, performance, art class, program, placemaking initiative, and more. Project duration may vary and could be a one-time placemaking event, performance or other artwork installation that is on display temporarily or permanently.

Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and can include but are not limited to: design interventions, community projects, festivals, performances, public art, streetscaping, landscaping, and functioning public amenities such as creative wayfinding, decorative benches, tables and bicycle racks. Applicants should provide detailed information on what opportunities for which they are seeking funding, the challenges or site conditions that are being impacted and what this project would contribute to the residents of Beaverton. In short, we are asking applicants to get to the heart of why this project is relevant to the community and public space for which it was imagined, and what you hope to achieve both short and long-term if this project is awarded a grant. Please note:

  • Public place is defined as an area that is accessible, highly visible and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza or street. Projects can be on private property so long as they meet the definition of a public place.
  • Proposals can be conceptual and do not need to identify all details regarding implementation and permitting specifics (e.g. insurance needs, precise location details, design qualifications, etc.). Grant recipients will receive guidance from City Staff to facilitate these implementation areas for their projects.
  • Applicants are encouraged to instigate collaborative creative and community partnerships and should consider inclusivity in their approach.



Submissions will be reviewed by designated representatives of the City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Arts Commission. The following factors and criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Neighborhood Participation & Community Partnerships (20 Points): Clearly define how the project will provide a creative solution for specific issues in the proposed area. Demonstrate community support and collaboration, and  how the project will create strong partnerships in the neighborhood.
  • Creativity, Artistic Quality, Scope & Merit (20 Points): Proposals should be innovative, well-defined, goal-oriented, original and either visually or experientially compelling, and draw on community resources and talent.
  • Planning, Feasibility & Maintenance (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how feasible the project is in terms of timeline, budget and available resources. Explain how the project will be safely produced, installed, maintained and removed.
  • Economic & Community Vitality, Leverage (20 Points): How well does the project address the objectives of the grant program and catalyze a vision to enhance the vibrancy and economic vitality in a neighborhood? Proposals should include measurement tools for reporting on the success of the project, and addressing challenges or opportunities in the neighborhood.
  • Community Benefit & Social Impact (20 Points): Proposals should demonstrate how the project represents and boasts community identity, heritage, engagement and sense of place.



  • Funding requests may be up to $5,000 per project
  • This is not a matching-grant but we encourage applicants to leverage other funds raised to augment their projects. Applicants should include either potential or confirmed funding sources in their project budget.
  • If the applicant is requesting the full award amount and their project budget falls over that amount, a clear fundraising plan must be presented with the application.
  • Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged
  • If the organization is not a 501c3, the applicant must have a fiscal agent



  • Application open: January 21, 2022
  • Grant Information Session: February 24, 5:00– 6:30PM (Zoom Details below)
  • Submission deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT
  • Award notification: by May 31, 2022
  • All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.



Informed by Beaverton’s Community Vision, the goal of the Art Lives Here Community Grants program is to support place and neighborhood-based revitalization 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.
  • Recognize and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories.
  • Animate and enliven public spaces
  • Increase public safety and awareness
  • Capitalize on community assets and identity
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being