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Grants to Washington Art and Culture Organizations, Artists, Educational Institutions, and Agencies for Art and Culture Programs that Benefit Youth

Youth Arts Grant


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Funding Source
City of Seattle
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Seattle

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/23 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington arts and culture organizations, artists and teaching artists, degree-granting institutions, and youth-service agencies in eligible locations for arts and culture programs that benefit high school and middle school aged youth. Funding is intended to support programs and projects led by experienced artists and teaching artists that take place out of school hours and in the city of Seattle.

The Youth Arts grant is a 2-year grant that supports equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle youth. Programs occur outside of school hours in-person or online and are led by experienced artists and teaching artists working in communities across Seattle to increase arts and cultural opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Data shows that the greatest disparities between young people who have access to arts education and those who don’t, are based on race, socioeconomics, home language, and disabilities. As with all the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Creative Youth Programs, Youth Arts grant prioritizes programs serving young people within the above demographic groups. 

Funds may be used for:

  • Artist fees
  • Youth stipends
  • Marketing and promotional fees
  • Project management and personnel costs
  • Supplies
  • Space
  • Online/Web related items
  • Equipment rentals
  • Program-related costs 

Additional expenses may be allowed with approval by the grant project manager.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include individual artists, teaching artists, arts and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions.

Programs must be available to middle and high school-aged young people and take place within Seattle city limits.

All artists and teaching artists hired by arts and cultural organizations, youth service agencies, and degree-granting institutions must have at least one (1) year of experience working with the project age group and arts and cultural forms.

The review panel prioritizes proposals that have a clear approach; applicants with a depth of experience teaching art and creative habits to young people; and experience working with communities across Seattle impacted by structural racism, classism, and/or social disenfranchisement due to gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability.

Funds cannot be used for:
- In school activities
- Any elements of the proposed project that are completed before funds are awarded
- Equipment/software purchases
- Culminating events
- Fundraising, benefit events, or religious services

Pre-Proposal Conference
Virtual Draft Application Feedback Sessions are group draft review sessions for those applying for the Youth Arts grant. Applicants who have already started or are almost finished with their application can bring 1-2 specific questions they have regarding their application to discuss as a group. These are not general information sessions about the application.

- Draft Review 1
Monday, May 8, 5 – 5:45 p.m. (Pacific)

- Draft Review 2
Thursday, May 18, 12 – 12:45 p.m. (Pacific)

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: May 30, 2023, 5 p.m. (Pacific)

• April 18, 2023: Application Opens
• April – May 2023: Information and Draft Review Sessions in Progress
• May 30, 2023: Application Closes
• June - July 2023: Panel Review Process
• July 2023: Award Notifications Presented
• August 2023: Contracting Process
• September 2023: Awardees May Start Projects

City and State Business Licenses will be required after funding notice. Individuals and groups awarded funds from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture must have a Seattle business license and a Washington state Unified Business Identification (UBI) number. You may include cost of business licensing in your budget.

Recipients will only receive funding after the program has started. Once an invoice is submitted, recipients will receive the funds in 6-8 weeks.

Estimated Size of Grant
Recipients will receive a total of $12,000 distributed over two (2) years of Youth Arts funding support for programs in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Term of Contract
This is a 2-year grant. Projects must take place between September 2023 – August 2024 and September 2024 – August 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For information or assistance, please contact:
Kristi Woo, Creative Youth Development Project Manager
(206) 727-8671

Arts & Culture
303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor
Seattle, WA, 98104

Mailing Address:
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

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