Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

2021-2023 Building for the Arts (BFA) Grant

Grants to Washington Tribes and Nonprofits
to Enhance Arts and Cultural Facilities

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Washington State Department of Commerce

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

07/16/20 5:00 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Washington tribes and nonprofit organizations for capital projects. The purpose of this program is to enhance arts and cultural facilities throughout the state. Funding is intended to support the renovation, construction, and acquisition of arts and cultural facilities.

Eligible Costs:

Capital budget funds may generally be used to pay for the following construction-related expenses incurred by the grantee:

  • Design, architectural, and engineering work;
  • Building permits/fees;
  • Archeological/historical review;
  • Construction labor and materials;
  • Demolition/site preparation;
  • Capitalized equipment;
  • Information technology infrastructure (cables and wiring);
  • Construction management (from external sources only);
  • Initial furnishings;
  • Landscaping, and
  • Real property when purchased specifically for the project, and associated costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172727

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award for the 2021-2023 biennium is $2,000,000. There is no minimum grant award amount.

Term of Contract:

The BFA program operates on a biennial (two-year) grant cycle. Grantees cannot begin receiving their funds until September of 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All facilities funded by BFA must meet the following eligibility standards at the time the application is submitted:
- Be a tribe or registered in the state of Washington as a nonprofit organization;
- Have binding control of the project site via ownership or executed long-term lease (15 years from the application date—no operating agreements);
- Have a legally constituted board of directors;
- Agree to enter the LEED certification process or receive an exemption
- Agree to pay state prevailing wages as of the date the budget becomes effective; and
- Have made substantial progress in a capital fundraising campaign dedicated to the project or have secured all nonstate funding needed to complete the project.

Facilities that have previously received a BFA grant are ineligible for additional funding unless:
- The project’s scope of work has significantly changed and BFA funds have not yet been accessed; or
- What is proposed is a different project, or a discrete new phase of the previous project

Historical museums are ineligible.

This is a reimbursement-style grant and operating costs are ineligible.

All grants are intended to fund bricks and mortar. This is why the following costs are not eligible for reimbursement and cannot be used to match state funds:
- Internal administrative activities;
- Project management (from any sources);
- Fundraising activities;
- Feasibility studies;
- Computers or office equipment;
- Rolling stock (such as vehicles);
- Lease payments for rental of equipment or facilities;
- Mortgage or property leases (including long-term); and
- The moving of equipment, furniture, etc., between facilities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant application workshop: May 26, 2020 1:00-3:00 p.m.Please RSVP at

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021-2023 Building for the Arts Grant is now open. Application deadline is Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

2021-2023 BFA Grant Dates:
- BFA grant application workshops: May 26, 2020 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- Applications due: July 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.
- Notification of preliminary review results: July 2020
- BFA Advisory Board work session: August 10, 2020
- Recommendations forwarded to governor: September 2020
- Governor releases proposed capital budget: December 2020 (estimated)
- 2021-2023 Capital Budget signed into law: June 2021 (estimated)
- Capital Facilities may begin disbursing funds: September 2021 (estimated)
- Expiration of funds without legislative action: June 30, 2023

BFA is a state program funded entirely through the sale of state bonds. No federal dollars are involved.

BFA grants may be used to pay up to 33 percent of each invoice of eligible project costs; the remainder must come from non-state sources. Non-state matching funds may consist of cash on hand, documented pledge commitments, the value of land acquired for the project, and in-kind contributions when properly documented.

Grants are subject to an administrative fee. Community Capital Facilities is authorized to retain up to three percent from each award to cover all administration costs.

Contact Information:

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


For technical assistance with the ZoomGrants application please contact or call 866-323-5404 x2

Emily Hafford
Phone: 360-725-5001

Program Staff
Phone: 360-725-3075

Community Capital Facilities
P.O. Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films

Deadline 02/08/21

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be given to applications from early career and emerg

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training in Eli...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to address the needs of residents in eligible counties, with priority given to low- to moderate-income populations. Applicants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Initiatives

Deadline Ongoing

Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, educational institutions, and volunteer fire companies for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of impactful and sustainable initiatives that meet community needs.

GrantWatch ID#: 132986

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits to Assist Underserved ...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and government entities for programs and services that improve the quality of life for underserved children. Focus areas include working families, equitable communities, and thriving children. The Fu

GrantWatch ID#: 133552