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Art Projects Grants

Grants to King County, Washington Nonprofits, Businesses,
Groups, and Individuals for Projects in the Arts

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

03/06/19 at 5:00 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $8,500 to King County, Washington individuals, nonprofits, artist groups, cooperatives, and businesses for art projects benefitting public audiences. Applications are invited from arts groups and artists who wish to create and share work that will strengthen the cultural fabric of King County. In addition to helping artists develop their work, a project must offer accessible opportunities for the public.

A project may include: the development of new work, the interpretation of existing work, the presentation of new work or a collection of works, support for professional development such as workshops, conferences, and residencies, and support for renting or purchasing consumable materials that further your project.

Project funding is based on two kinds of criteria: core and choice.

Core Criteria:
- Art is the primary component of the project.
- The budget for the project is feasible and the applicant has requested an appropriate amount of funding.
- The applicant has described one or more compelling, feasible public events in King County.
- Relevant work samples or other documentation that supports the application.
- Group applicants must demonstrate that they are, or will hire, arts professionals with relevant experience to achieve the project.

Applicants must select one of the following three Choice Criteria:
- Sustained value: The project shows a dedication to artistic discipline and form over an extended period of time, has consistent value, or preserves a creative and/or cultural tradition.
- Community engagement: The project provides an interactive and educational art experience, or a specific community such as geographic, ethnic, youth, or senior is integral to the project.
- Artistic development: The project deeply explores or expands the artist's discipline, medium, or concepts in new directions, and/or is a departure from their past or current work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147278

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are offered in the fixed amounts of $2,500, $4,500, $6,500, or $8,500.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may apply to fund the portions of a project that begin after June 1, 2019. The public benefit/project impact portion of a project must be completed by June 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An Individual or a group can apply for project funding. Please note that applicants can't apply in both categories.

An individual can apply if they are the sole creator of a project, acting as a curator, or are leading other artists in the creation of their project. In this category, the panel will assess their contribution to the project and work samples. If selected for an award, they must provide a Social Security Number. No fiscal sponsors may be used to receive payment.

A group that represents a cooperative, nonprofit organization, or business that creates art projects, or a group of artists who have a history of working together, organized under a group name may apply. In this category, the panel will assess the group’s contribution to the project and work samples. Groups must provide an EIN (LLC, S-Corp, General Partnership, Nonprofit, etc.) when they apply. A Social Security Number will not be accepted. If awarded a grant, the group may then request to reassign their contract to a fiscal sponsor. The King County mailing address of the EIN must match the mailing address used on the W9 Form submitted for payment.

The applicant must meet these requirements in order to be considered for Art Projects grant funding:
- Individuals must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County when applying through completion of their project.
- Groups must be a King County organization with a core mission dedicated to the arts. If a group is not an arts organization, they must have a written agreement with an artist or arts group with whom they will collaborate.
- Applicants may submit only one individual or one group application per year.

In order to be eligible for Art Projects funding applicants must not:
-Be a current recipient of 4Culture’s Sustained Support program (
-Be an individual or group who received a grant through 4Culture’s Art Projects in 2017. These recipients may apply again in 2019.
-Be a member of an applicant group and also apply as an individual for a group-related project. Have an incomplete project and open contract awarded in or prior to 2015.
-Have a current, open contract for 4Culture’s Art Projects, Sustained Support, Community 4Culture, or Tech Specific grant programs.
-Be a school, school district, or religious institution.
-Serve as a current staff, board, or Arts Advisory Committee member of 4Culture.
-Be a 2018 Art Projects selection panelist.

A project may not: be fully produced by a 4Culture Sustained Support organization, with a current, open contract. Applicants should contact 4Culture if they plan to develop or present a proposed project in partnership with a Sustained Support organization. 4Culture does not fund tuition and cost-of-living expenses for matriculated students in any degree program, food, beverages or fundraising expenses, permanent public art projects, including murals, general operating support, or capital construction projects.

4Culture grants
If a project involves multiple disciplines preservation, heritage, and/or the arts, applicants may be eligible to submit it for consideration under more than one 4Culture funding program. An Art Projects application must disclose that the applicant has applied or intends to apply to another 4Culture program for the same or a related project. Applicants can contact 4Culture to discuss an application that may be eligible for other possible support from 4Culture.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops provide an opportunity to meet staff, learn about the process, ask questions, and meet other artists and arts groups. They are informal and drop-in based. No registration or RSVP is required.

Workshops for Individuals and Groups will be held at various locations between January 24 and February 28. For more information and the workshop schedule view URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

- Timeline
The deadline for this grant is March 6, 2019, at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from the application deadline to when they announce their funding decisions. 4Culture will notify applicants about the status of their application around June 1, 2019.

Grant recipients will be able to receive 50% of their awarded funds after they have completed their contract documents. Those awarded can request their final 50% once they have completed the public benefit described in their application, which is also part of their contract.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For groups contact:
Doreen Mitchum
(206) 263-1605

For individuals contact:
Heather Dwyer
(206) 263-1597

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County