CommuniCare @ PSU


This Senior Capstone course, offered by Portland State University and led by Suzanne Savaria, is an opportunity for students to serve as an independent grantmaking committee. Expressly focused on arts and culture nonprofits in Oregon, grantmakers will distribute $25,000 this fall according to the priorities outlined in their mission statement below.

Application Form

Please email the cover letter and signed Grant Application Form to


mission statement

We are a multi-faceted group of PSU students from diverse artistic and experiential backgrounds. As students from Portland State University, we are invested in supporting the accessibility and sustainability of community arts and culture in the State of Oregon.  We are eager to explore and experience the democratization of philanthropy in partnership with CommuniCare.

These grants will be allocating money to arts and culture organizations creating accessible art for underserved communities in Oregon. We believe that accessibility is at the core of our mission to expand the overall reach of artistic experience, consumption, and participation.   For us, accessibility is economic, logistical, and cultural and provides the means to cultivate new artistic experiences, providing insight and understanding and joyful participation in the arts.   We will focus on small and mid-size organizations with deep community ties that can demonstrate a clear plan where this funding is an essential component to the realization of that work.

Please note: Applicants may request up to $25,000 in funding. The committee may decide to award one grant for the total amount or to divide the total into several smaller grants.


October 5: Mission statement available online

October 17: Applications due by 11:59pm

October 26: Applicants receive an interview invitation or a declination

November 23: Applicants who interviewed will be notified about final decisions.

December 8: Grant Awards Ceremony