Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)
05/28/18 5:00 PM
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $8,000 to Washington nonprofit arts institutions with large operating budgets for arts projects that are accessible to public audiences. Funding may support a broad range of exhibitions and performances, workshops, economic and professional development opportunities, and arts-engagement related services.
This program seeks to enable organizations to develop and deliver arts events that engage, enrich, unite, and strengthen local and statewide communities.
Additionally, through the Project Support Program, ArtsWA seeks to increase its specific and intentional efforts on inclusion, equity, and social justice by ensuring that funded activities are reflective of Washington’s people, cultures, traditions, and art production as indicated in the Strategic Plan.
Project Support Funding Examples:
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 event
-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#: 170199
Grants range from $5,000 - $8,000.
Projects must take place between August 15, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
The Project Support Program provides funding to nonprofit arts organizations, arts groups, community service groups, Local Arts Agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments that seek to produce arts programming for public audiences in Washington State.
Funding level is determined by the organization’s operating budget. The applicant organization’s board- approved one-year budget showing annual cash income and excluding in-kind support will be used to determine funding level eligibility.
Level C grants are available to large arts institutions over $1 million annual budget.
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.
Grant funds may not be used for general organizational support.
Those applying to ArtsWA’s Snap Grants program may not additionally apply to the Project Support Program.
Project Support grants cannot be used to fund the following:
Certain Types of Activities at Schools, Colleges, Universities:
-Events, activities, projects, or performances that are part of , or involve, academic or course credit
-Tuition assistance for college, university or other formal course of study that generates course
Activities Conducted by Amateurs, Non-Professionals, and Individuals:
-Grants to individuals
-Expenses for an individual to attend contests, conferences, seminars or workshops
-Grants to students, student scholarships, or student or amateur work
-Amateur groups not under the direction or guidance of recognized professionals
-Touring of non-professional arts programs
-Payments to individuals with less than one year of independent professional experience
-Payments to board members of the applicant, unless made in compliance with Internal Revenue
Service 501(c)(3) regulations that limit such payments to only professional services
Certain Types of Projects or Programs Conducted by Other State Agencies:
Project Support grants cannot be used to fund state agency programs or projects that receive state appropriations for the same project.
Private Purpose and Restricted Events:
-Events that are not open to the public
-Activities primarily benefiting the organization membership or financed by artist entry fees,
particularly those involving cash prizes
-Exhibitions not juried by professionals
-Events not commonly recognized as a general public event, that are an integral part of a specific religion, or promote a religious observance
-Conferences benefiting a small group of people
-Hospitality expenses such as food, flowers, receptions and similar items
-Fund-raisers or benefit concerts
Certain Types of Capital Expenses:
-Renovation, remodeling, restoration, or new construction of buildings
-Purchase of permanent equipment or real property, including public art installations
Certain Types of General Expenses and Deficits:
-Activities or expenses outside the grant period for these guidelines
-General operating support for the organization
-Activities that have occurred prior to the project period designated by the contract
-Requests to cover previous losses incurred by the organization
Project Support grants cannot be used to fund travel outside Washington. Travel expenses for artists to travel to perform in Washington State are allowable.
The project budget must reflect a commitment of matching funds from other sources (including the organization’s own money) in an amount equal to or greater than the Project Support grant request amount (a 1:1 match).
Funding from other Arts WA programs may not be used as matching funds and must be declared in the project budget.
In-kind support (non-cash donations of labor, supplies, materials, etc.) can be included in the project budget to display the total resources for the project, but cannot be considered part of the matching funds.
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.
The application deadline is May 28, 2018, 5:00 PM.
Payments for funded proposals will be made after the approved services have been provided and after appropriate documentation and invoice forms have been submitted.
More information about Grants to Organizations may be found here:
An informational webinar was held on February 15, 2018. A recording may be accessed here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Miguel Guillén, Program Manager
711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98501
Washington State Arts Commission
PO Box 42675
Olympia, WA 98504-2675