Creative Expression

Fostering creativity through arts and culture

We support programs that promote arts and culture engagement, because they create an environment that values critical thinking, problem-solving and self-efficacy. We know that students who have creative experiences are more inclined to actively engage in classroom discussions, offer their own ideas and appreciate the ideas of others. These skills serve as a springboard for students to build the socio-emotional skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace.

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for a creative expression program, consider:

  • Curriculum that offers access to sequential arts learning
  • Programs that promote youth development using creative expression to foster social emotional skills crucial to becoming active contributors to our community
  • Arts and cultural programs integrated into classroom curriculum that promotes innovation and creativity, while also enhancing literacy and math aptitude

We prioritize programs that use input from the community they're serving and intentionally focus on communities that have faced historic or systemic barriers in reaching equal outcomes.

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Award Determinations

Our grants are separate from the corporate contributions of Portland General Electric. In addition to awarding project and program grants, we also award grants for operating expenses and new and existing capital construction projects for organizations whose mission, vision and values align with our funding opportunities.

Award determinations are made at three focus-specific board meetings. While our board of directors considers every grant application on its own merits, they recognize the value and importance of collaboration in addressing the biggest challenges facing our community.