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2020 Arts in Parks (AIP) Program Grant

Grants to Seattle, Washington Artists, Community Groups, and Arts
Councils for Arts Programming in Underserved Neighborhood Parks

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Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

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10/22/19 11:00 PM PST


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Grants to Seattle, Washington individual artists, community-based groups, and neighborhood arts councils for arts and cultural events and festivals in eligible parks. Funding is intended to activate parks located in economically distressed and underserved areas of the city. Funding may be used for artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, project management and personnel costs, supplies, equipment rentals or other production-related costs, required permits and no more than 10% for food-related costs.

This grant supports new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate diversity, build community connections, and activate parks through arts and culture while connecting with under-resourced communities including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color. 

Cultural activities and parks are an essential part of a vibrant, healthy and inclusive community. The mission of Seattle Parks and Recreation is to provide welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community, and promote responsible stewardship of the land. In partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Culture seeks to partner with arts and community groups to create a City where all artists, and communities have the freedom, agency, and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences, regardless of race, class, gender, age, ability, education, country of birth, citizenship, religion, and sexual orientation. Organizations, groups and individual artists representing under-resourced communities including low-income, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply. 

The Project must:

  • Have a significant arts and culture component,
  • Be free and open to the public,
  • Have insurance,
  • Provide a platform for under-resourced artists and communities,
  • Adhere to Seattle Park and Recreation’s mission statement (see Program Purpose above),
  • And take place in an eligible city of Seattle park between April and November 2020.

For a list of preferred parks, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175585

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may request up to $ 7,800. Applicants can apply for the following levels of funding:

- $1,300 (Requires no track record for event production.)
- $2,600*
- $5,200
- $7,800**

*Only groups with a demonstrated history of producing events can apply for funding at $2,600 level
and above.
**Events/projects previously funded at the $7,200 level in years past may only apply for $5,200 or less, EXCEPT events/projects that provide a minimum of 12 hours of public programming in an eligible park over the course of at least four (4) days.

Term of Contract:

Funded organizations will receive one (1) year of AIP funding support (for events in 2020).

Proposed projects must be presented in eligible City of Seattle park locations between April 1 and November 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant must:

- Be an individual artist, neighborhood arts council or local community-based group. Organizations and individual artists representing under-resourced communities including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply.
- Have a Federal Tax ID number and be based in the city of Seattle. Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent.

Events taking place in Downtown or City Center Parks or at Playfields and green spaces immediately adjacent to community centers are not eligible for this funding.

For a list of ineligible requests, see:

For lists of ineligible parks, see:

Pre-Application Information:


- Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 11 p.m. PST
- End of October 2019: Following the deadline, an independent peer panel of artists, community representatives, and event producers will participate in a racial equity and implicit bias training.
- November: The peer panel will review and score applications according to the program eligibility.
- Early December: The peer panel meets to discuss each application in relation to the program criteria.
- January 2020: The Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Parks and Recreation leadership will review final recommendations and vote to approve.
- Early February: Applicants are notified whether they have been recommended for funding.
- Apr – Nov 2020: Partners produce their events and submit their reporting documents to receive funding.

Contact Information:

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

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Information: contact Jenny Crooks, Project Manager at (206) 684-7084,
TTY: 711 or (800) 833-6384, Tele-Braille: (800) 833-6385.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Seattle