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Art Projects Grants

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Businesses, Groups,
and Individuals in Eligible Regions for Projects in the Arts

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03/04/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $8,500 Washington individuals, nonprofits, artist groups, cooperatives, and businesses in eligible regions for art projects that benefit 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, projects must offer accessible opportunities for the public.

A panel comprised of artists and arts workers from throughout King County, with expertise in one or more creative disciplines, reviews all eligible applications. These panels will select projects for funding based on two kinds of criteria: core and choice.

For this particular grant, the peer panel will carefully evaluate your application using the following:

Core Criteria:

  • Art is the primary component of your project.
  • The budget for your project is feasible and you’ve requested an appropriate amount of funding.
  • You’ve described one or more compelling, feasible public events in King County.
  • Relevant work samples or other documentation that supports your application.
  • Group applicants must demonstrate that they have or will hire artists and/or arts professionals with relevant experience to achieve the project.

Art Projects also gives you the opportunity to let the panel know how you’d like to have your project evaluated. You must select one of the following three Choice Criteria for the panel to use when they review your application: 

Choice Criteria:

  • Sustained value: your 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: your project provides an interactive and educational art experience beyond a public presentation, for the general public or a specific community—geographic, ethnic, youth, senior, etc—which is integral to your project.
  • Artistic development: your project deeply explores or expands your discipline, medium, or concepts in new directions, and/or is a departure from your past or current work.

Your 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, support for renting or purchasing consumable materials that further your project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147278

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

This year, Art Projects grants can support your project needs after June 1, 2020 through June 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You can apply for Art Projects as an individual or a group. Please note that you cannot apply in both categories—you must select one:
- Apply as an individual if you are the sole creator of a project, acting as a curator, or are leading other artists in the creation of your project. In this category, the panel will assess your contribution to the project and your work samples. If selected for an award, you must provide us with your Social Security Number—no fiscal sponsors may be used—to receive payment.
- Apply as a group if you represent a cooperative, non-profit organization, municipality, or business that creates art projects, or if you are a group of artists who have a history of working together, organized under a group name. In this category, the panel will assess your group’s contribution to your project and project-relevant work samples. You do not need to be a nonprofit, but you must provide an EIN (LLC, S-Corp, General Partnership, Nonprofit, etc.) when you apply—a Social Security Number will not be accepted. If you are awarded a grant, you may then request to reassign your contract to a fiscal sponsor (for example: Allied Arts Foundation or Fractured Atlas). The King County mailing address of the EIN must match the mailing address used on the W9 Form you submit for payment.

You 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 you apply through completion of your project.
- Groups must be a King County organization with a core mission dedicated to the arts. If your group is not an arts organization, you must have a written agreement with an artist or arts group with whom you will collaborate.
- You may submit only one (1) individual or one (1) group application per year.

In order to be eligible for Art Projects funding you must not:
- Represent or apply on behalf of a current recipient of 4Culture’s Arts Sustained Support program.
- Be an individual or group who received a grant through 4Culture’s Art Projects in 2019. These recipients may apply again in 2021.
- Be a member of an applicant group and also apply as an individual for a group-related project.
- Have an incomplete project and open Projects grant contract awarded in or prior to 2017.
- Have a current, open contract for 4Culture’s Sustained Support, Community 4Culture, or Creative Consultancy programs.
- Be a school, school district, or religious institution.
- Serve as a current staff, board, or Arts Advisory Committee member of 4Culture.
- Be a 2020 Art Projects selection panelist.

Your project may not: be fully produced or funded by a 4Culture Sustained Support organization, with a current, open contract—please make contact if you plan to develop or present your 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops provide an opportunity for you 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 required. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your application.

Jan 23
12:00-1:00 PM
Muckleshoot Library
39917 Auburn Enumclaw Rd SE, Auburn

Feb 6
1:00-2:00 PM
Individuals - Sammamish Library
825 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish

Feb 6
5:00-6:00 PM
Individuals - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle

Feb 7
1:30-2:30 PM
Groups - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle WA

Feb 11
12:00 1:00 PM
Individuals - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle

5:00-6:00 PM
Individuals - Vashon Library
17210 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island WA 98070

Feb 13
12:00-1:00 PM
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline

Feb 14
1:30-2:30 PM
Groups - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle WA

Feb 20
4:00-5:00 PM
Individuals - Renton Library
100 Mill Avenue South, Renton

Feb 21
1:30-2:30 PM
Groups - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle WA

Feb 25
12:00-1:00 PM
Individuals - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle

Feb 28
1:30-2:30 PM
Groups - 4Culture Office
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle WA

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for this grant is March 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from the application deadline to funding decisions are announced. You will be notified about the status of your application on or before June 1, 2020.

If your project involves multiple disciplines—preservation, heritage, and/or the arts—you may be eligible to submit it for consideration under more than one 4Culture funding program. In your Art Projects application, you must disclose that you have applied or intend to apply to another 4Culture program for the same or related project. Please contact 4Culture to discuss your application if you think it may be eligible for other possible support from 4Culture.

Sample Individual Application:
Sample Groups Application:
How to Apply:

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 questions contact:

Heather Dwyer

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

Doreen Mitchum

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County

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