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Project Support Program - Grants Level B

Grants to Washington Arts Nonprofits
and Agencies for Public Arts Programming

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Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)

Deadline Date:

04/22/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to Washington nonprofit arts organizations and local arts agencies for arts programming that benefit public audiences. Funding will support a broad range of exhibition and performance expenses such as hiring artists and renting venues. Project Support grants help organizations reach their arts project goals.

Priority will be given to organizations that include underserved populations.

Funded project events/opportunities must be open to the public and may include the following:
-Music, dance, or theater performances that are part of a season of events OR a stand-alone
-Professionally juried visual art exhibitions
-Poetry and literary readings
-Literary publications or anthologies
-Traditional or folk arts performances/festivals
-Fees for professional guest artists, composers, costume designers, choreographers, etc.
-In-state tours by professional ensembles
-Royalties or rentals of equipment
-Broadcasts of the arts, for example via radio or webcasts
-Art films or videos, digital arts, web-based arts projects
-Arts events/projects that increase access for persons with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act
-Arts management training events
-Community artist residencies that result in presentations to the public
-Youth arts programs that occur outside of school and are not offered for school credit

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170198

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $2,500 - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between August 15, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Project Support Program provides funding to nonprofit arts organizations, arts groups, community service groups, nonprofit organizations, and tribal or local governments that seek to produce arts programming for public audiences in Washington State.

To determine funding level eligibility, a FY19 board-approved one-year budget showing annual cash income (excluding in-kind support) is required.

Level B Grants are intended for nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets from $200,000 to $1 million or Local Arts Agencies (that have been officially designated by the government).

All applicants must document a minimum one-year history of arts and/or relevant programming produced as an organization or group.

Nonprofit Arts Organizations:
Nonprofit Arts Organizations with state nonprofit incorporation status and a current state nonprofit annual report filing are eligible to apply for a Project Support grant.

Local Arts Agencies:
A Local Arts Agency (LAA) may apply for a Project Support grant (in funding Level B). An LAA is a local nonprofit organization officially designated by a local government as an LAA or is a department of a municipal, county or tribal government whose purpose includes arts and culture (such as a Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Departments). LAAs provide service-based, participation-based, and/or advocacy-based activities within a defined geographic area and are non-discipline-specific. Applicants must provide documentation of official designation as an LAA established by ordinance or legislation, as an agency, department or unit of city, county, tribal, or state government.

All applicants must provide a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number to meet federal and state statistical reporting requirements.

To see ineligible expenses and activities, see page 1 of the Project Support Guideline Information Sheet in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grant Application Webinar took place on Thursday, February 14 2019, from 3-4pm.

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Pre-Application Information:

1:1 matching funds are required. This means that you must commit cash from other sources including your own organization’s money in an amount equal to the project grant request.

Grant awards will not exceed fifty percent of the total expenses of a project. In most cases, an ArtsWA grant will constitute only a small portion of the cash requirements to complete a project.

Applications are accepted through ZoomGrants until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

The application deadline is April 22, 2019, 5:00 PM.

More information about Grants to Organizations may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Application Link is coming soon.

For general questions about the application/award cycle:
Miguel Guillén, Grants to Organizations Program Manager

Hannah Dahlke, Program Assistant

711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98501

Mailing Address:
Washington State Arts Commission
PO Box 42675
Olympia, WA 98504-2675

P: 360-753-3860
F: 360-586-5351

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