OCF Initiatives


Arts and Culture Initiatives

Supported by the legacy of Fred W. Fields, OCF is investing in strategies and programs that support the arts for all Oregonians.

  • Education Initiatives

    OCF will allocate $10.5 million to four strategies that will ensure Oregon children come to school ready to learn and to continue on the path to academic success.

    Parenting Education

    To support parents in their role as their children’s first teachers and role models, OCF will award $5 million over five years to expand Parenting Education Hubs to all 36 Oregon counties. 

    • RFP release: Fall 2013
    • Proposals due: February 2014

    Prenatal Through Third Grade Alignment

    To create stronger connections between early childhood services and the K-12 system, OCF will award $1.5 million over three years to support implementation of P-3 alignment programs.

    • RFP release: August 2013
    • Proposals due: October 22, 2013

    K-12 Student Success

    To increase student attendance and academic achievement, OCF will award $5 million over five years to community-based programs that offer best-practice out-of-school, mentoring and parent engagement programming.

    The RFP was released in May 2013, and the first round of proposals were received August, 2013.

    Fred Fields Scholarships

    To increase access to higher education and training, OCF will award more than $1 million in scholarships to students pursuing technical certificates or associate degrees at one of Oregon’s 17 community colleges.

    • Spring 2013: First group of applicants and first cohort selected
    • Spring 2014: Second group of applicants and second cohort selected

    Please note: Amounts per program are approximate.

  • Arts Initiatives

    Arts Initiatives

    OCF’s investment in Oregon arts and culture includes strategies to create vibrant and accessible arts communities of all sizes throughout our state.

    Creative Heights

    To help artists and cultural organizations stretch their creative capacity, share new works and test new ideas, OCF will award up to $1 million per year through the Creative Heights initiative. Learn more.

    Fields Artist Fellowship

    To support emerging and mid-career Oregon based artists who thoughtfully address the Opportunity Gap in their communities. In 2019, OCF and Oregon Humanities will work together to award four Fields Artist Fellows $100,000 each over a two-year period, along with robust convening and learning opportunities. Learn More 

    Improving Arts Education in Schools

    To support equitable access to high-quality arts education across Oregon, OCF will award $600,000 over two years to improve existing in-school K-12 arts education programs. Learn more.

    Small Arts & Culture Grants

    To support Oregon's smallest arts and culture organizations, OCF will award over $1 million over three years to eligible organizations in every region of our state. Learn more.

    Studio to School

    To increase access to arts education for Oregon schoolchildren, OCF will award $5 million over five years through the Studio to School initiative to provide multiyear support for 18 partnerships between community arts organizations and schools. Learn more.

  • Community Grant Expansion

    Community Grants Expansion

    To ensure responsiveness to communities statewide, OCF will award up to $9 million over five years for arts and education within our existing Community Grant Program.

  • Staff Assistance

    Staff Assistance

    For more information about OCF's education and arts initiatives, please email us at info@oregoncf.org or grants@oregoncf.org.