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Cooperative Partnership Program Grant

Grants to Washington Arts Nonprofits to
Support Artists in Underserved Areas

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Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)

Deadline Date:

04/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 and grants ranging from $15,000 to $35,000 to Washington nonprofit arts organizations to support artists and arts professionals in diverse regions of the state. Funding may be requested for specific programs, projects, and services, with an emphasis on underserved populations and under-resourced regions.


One of the primary goals of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is to support the cultural vitality of communities throughout Washington State. To accomplish this, ArtsWA directs funding and services to strengthen communities and to provide arts participation opportunities for the public, with a particular interest in reaching diverse populations.

Program Purpose:

Through the Cooperative Partnership Program the Washington State Arts Commission enters into cooperative partnerships with statewide arts service organizations to advance the Commission’s goals and priorities. Cooperative Partnership Program funding enables us to extend our reach by partnering with organizations that provide services that support artists and arts professionals across Washington State.

Cooperative Partnership Program Funding:

The Cooperative Partnership Program offers funding through project grants. Applicants must propose and describe specific projects, programs or services that provide support and are available to artists and arts professionals working in diverse regions of the state. Of primary interest are project, programs or services that reach diverse and under-served populations and reach constituents in under-resourced areas of the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179828

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations with annual budgets of $150,000 to $850,000 may request $5,000 to $15,000.

Eligible organizations with annual budgets of $850,000 and above may request $15,000 to $35,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be able to document the following:
-A minimum two-year history of statewide, ongoing, professional arts services, programs or projects provided in Washington State
-Minimum of one full-time paid staff member
-Incorporation as a nonprofit organization for a minimum of two years, with a current Washington Nonprofit Annual Report filing
-Nonprofit, tax-exempt determination under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (as amended)

Funding Limitations:

Organizations funded through Cooperative Partnership Program grants may not receive any other Washington State Arts Commission grant within the same fiscal year. Additionally, Cooperative Partnership Program funding may not be used for operating support.

Pre-Application Information:

Cooperative Partnership Program grant requests should not exceed fifty percent of the total expenses for a project and in most cases will constitute only a small portion of the cash requirements for the project.

Cooperative Partnership Program grants require a 1:1 match. This means that the applicant organization must commit cash matching funds in an amount equal (at minimum) to the project grant request (this is a 1:1 match).

Factors to consider regarding matching funds:
-Unconfirmed matching funds make for a weak proposal
-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 may not be considered as part of the cash match
-Funds from other Washington State Arts Commission programs are not eligible matching funds

All organizations applying for a grant from ArtsWA must provide a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number to meet federal and state statistical reporting requirements; this number will be required as part of the process to create your organizational account. The federal government uses the number as a contractor identification code for all procurement-related activities. Registering for the DUNS number is free and is managed by Dun & Bradstreet.

To be eligible, applications must be complete and submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on April 2.

Payments: No grant funds will be paid in advance of the contract starting date. Payments will be made after the expenses for which grant funds were requested and committed, have been incurred and the signed invoice submitted.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Miguel Guillén, Program Manager

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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USA: Washington