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2021-2023 Building for the Arts (BFA) Grant

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Washington State Department of Commerce

Conf. Date:

05/26/20

Deadline Date:

07/16/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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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 Capprograms@commerce.wa.gov.

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.

Application: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2142&limited=2654

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

Emily Hafford
Emily.Hafford@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-5001

Program Staff
capprograms@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3075

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

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