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Scalehouse partnered with The Bulletin to raise funds to help Central Oregon’s creative artists -- musicians, visual artists, performers and creative workers -- by offering grants and a platform to bring attention to the amazing talent that needs help to continue thriving in this community throughout the pandemic and beyond. 

The Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort:

  • Raised $37,270

  • Provided 49 Grants to Local Creatives

Please stay tuned for future opportunities.


(formerly called Creative Relief Fund)

  • What is the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort?
    Presented by The Bulletin and Scalehouse, the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort is to provide short-term, immediate relief to creative thinkers and artists who are facing lost income or unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 causing disruption to their economic and social security. The Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort is shaped by Scalehouse’s values: Scalehouse believes that our shared future presents complex challenges and opportunities, not just benefiting from creativity but requiring it. Scalehouse is working to convene diverse thinkers and promote collaboration through visual arts, performing arts, architecture and design, film and storytelling, and conceptual arts and activism, in order to catalyze the kind of creative synthesis that’s impossible in isolation. Scalehouse is committed to programming that’s accessible yet provocative, extraordinary yet inclusive, and always with an eye toward a better future for all of us. If you are an artist/creative worker who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19 and live in Jefferson County, Crook and Deschutes Counties, you can apply for relief through our Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort.
  • Who can apply?
    The Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort is designed to be open to artists/creatives at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines, and at small amounts so that we can fund moreartists/creatives including yet not limited to: Artists Freelancers providing creative services Art administrators Graphic designers Web designers Interior designers Performing Artists
  • Are there guidelines?
    Open to all creatives/artists living in the Tri-county region (Jefferson County, Crook and Deschutes County). The Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort supplies monies to help cover unexpected expenses and any financial needs directly resulting from our current global pandemic, COVID19. Applications open May 20 and are due June 20. Applicants will be notified the week of June 28th. Payments will be mailed and in the form of a check beginning in July 2021. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and available funds. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply but priority will be given to new applicants. This can be regarded as taxable income for artists. The intent of the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort is not to supplement income due to unemployment or underemployment.* *Artists may need to claim the contribution as income; please consult with a tax expert. Please reach out to with any quesitons.
  • How do I apply?
    We take applications online for the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort, so we can centralize tracking and data collection. The current round of applications is closed. Please email with any questions. We will also take applications over the phone, talking through the application while filling out the form. This application was made using Formstack, which is the platform we use for forms and registrations. You can use whatever form creation and information gathering service you choose. Because application submissions may contain sensitive information (and possibly even medical information), form submissions are encrypted and password protected. We do not share information about applicants or recipients unless we have specific permission from the artist to share their story with the public. The purpose of the application is to verify that the emergency event meets the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort, to verify creative and artistic practice, and to collect the information we need to process the request.
  • What contact information do I need?
    Because our Fund is limited to those living in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson county, we look at the mailing address when reviewing applications. Phone number or email address.
  • Proof of Creative/Artistic Practice
    We ask that artists and creative workers verify their artistic practice by: Providing three sentences about what kind of art they do. Uploading a resume or give us a link to website where their work is online. Examples include a professional website, a photo or video of their work, or a social media account with posters advertising their gigs. Share your social media posts or accounts if this is where your feature your work.
  • Creative/Artist’s Declaration of Need
    We ask creatives/artists to describe their emergency simply (brief) so we can better understand if it fits the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort Guidelines. Creative/Artists can apply for funds due to cancelled works, gigs or opportunities. The application asks: "tell us about the income you've lost due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and how the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort grant will help.”* Artists also must tell us how much funding they request. Most artists request $500, which is our Fund limit.
  • How will I receive payment?
    A check will be mailed.
  • Terms and Conditions
    Creatives/artists must understand the following items before submitting the application. I hereby state that all elements of this application are true. I understand that this application is subject to approval by the Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort Committee and Board of Directors and available funding. The Central Oregon Creative Artists Relief Effort will keep all applications on file and revisit at each funding stage.
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