Cultural Facilities Fund
Now for the fourth year in a row, the Office of Arts & Culture is proud to offer capital funding for major projects through its Cultural Facilities Fund.
Cultural facilities, including performing arts centers, museums, cinemas, galleries, music venues, and workshop and rehearsal spaces, create visibility for the arts and function as community gathering places. They provide cultural opportunities for residents and visitors, economic vitality to neighborhoods and surrounding businesses, and homes for artists and arts groups. They are the anchors for our creative neighborhoods, the portals through which our neighbors engage with the arts.
Cultural Space Liaison
The Cultural Facilities Fund is designed to support Seattle-based organizations with facilities-based capital projects. The program awards funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility projects, including ADA compliance, facility renovations, or new facility projects. See our Guidelines document, linked above, for more information about eligible projects.
Eligible organizations must have at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. A significant amount of funding for the facility's project beyond this grant must be in place before applying. Projects must be able to take place and be completed between November 2015 and December 2016.
Applicants may request up to $50,000 to support direct project expenses.
What am I eligible for?
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Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some tips on sending out information to the public and local media.
Step 1. Gather all the details: who, what, where, when and why.
Step 2. Gather graphics for publicity. Gather photos, create a logo if necessary, work with a designer on the look and any printed materials.
Step 3. Write a press release and/or prepare a press kit and send to the media.
The Press Release
Press releases inform the media about your event and can inspire the media to publish a calendar listing or even cover the event. Click here for a description and example of the anatomy of a press release.
- Try to let the media know what makes your event unique or relevant.
- Be genuine. Exaggeration or inaccuracy will only hurt your chances of being a reliable media source. The more a press release reads like an actual news article, the better. Many smaller publications love releases they can print verbatim.
- Press releases should look professional and be easy to read. Type double-spaced.
- Make sure the organization's name, address, website and contact information is visible.
- Include the media contact's name, direct phone line and e-mail address near the top of the first page.
- Include a "pull date" (the last date of the event) near the top of the first page.
- Include a headline that summarizes the event and invites people to read the details.
- All the most pertinent information should be included in the first paragraph - the five W's. Who is presenting what, where and when? Why should people attend? Include information on how people can attend or buy tickets, locations of ticket venues or website, e-mail and/or box office phone-line information.
- Additional paragraphs can provide more descriptive information about the event, artists involved and quotes.
- Use your mission statement or general description of the organization at the end of the press release.
- If the press release is longer than one page, write "-More-" at the bottom of each page. At the end of the last page, include "# # #" to indicate the end of the release.
The Press Kit
Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event. A press kit should be organized in a folder and generally includes:
1) Organization Information (front to back on the left side of the folder)
- Mission statement
- Brief organizational history
- Organizational brochure
- Feature articles on the organization or lead staff
- Board list
- Business card for media contact
2) Specific Event Information (front to back on the right side of the folder)
- Press release for the event
- Photos or artwork related to the event
- Event postcard or flyer
- Event program
- Artists' bios, if not in the program
- Preview articles about the event
Note: Do not include reviews of the event or previous events in the press packet. Most reviewers do not want to be influenced by the opinions of others.
There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:
- City of Seattle
- Craig's List
You must be an individual or organizational member of Theatre Puget Sound to post listings.
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Daily and weekly papers
Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.
- International Examiner - Contact
- Northwest Asian Weekly - Contact
- Pacific Publishing's papers serve the University District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Laurelhurst, Sand Point, Wedgewood, Wallingford, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Madrona, Madison Valley, Leschi, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, South Hill, International District and Kirkland. Contact
- Robinson News publishes Ballard News Tribune, West Seattle Herald, White Center News, The Highline Times
Most radio stations accept a written public service announcement (PSA). Some will take a pre-recorded PSA. Check the website of the radio station you think best matches your audience. Many stations belong to the Puget Sound Broadcasters Association or Washington State Association of Broadcasters . Both organizations list links to their members.
Local television stations are:
2016 Cultural Facilities Partners
A Contemporary Theatre
ACT will be installing a captioning system into both the Falls Theater and the Allen Theater. This system, which will serve a limited number of seats, will allow patrons to read along with the performance. This is part of the theater’s larger accessibility plan and will benefit hearing impaired audiences.
Charles and Emma Frye Free Public Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum will be installing an ADA-compliant automatic opening device on the front door.
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (Youngstown Arts Center)
The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association will renovate and repair the historic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center theater at the south end of the building. This will include a large-scale project to repair the building’s foundation.
This project improves Densho’s process of digitizing historical materials by replacing and upgrading failing and aging digital network wiring with high throughput (Gigabit) capacity wiring and network switches.
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio will create a new home in the Freedman Building in Seattle's Chinatown/International District. Funding will assist in the transformation of a 7,000 square-foot basement space in a mixed-use residential building into a Black Box Theater, two studios, offices, and a library.
Historical Society of Seattle & King County (MOHAI)
MOHAI will be installing automatic door operators to correct restroom accessibility obstacles that create an unwelcoming environment for members of the community.
Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington
This “Phase II” project addresses the need for a new roof, rebuilds a breezeway between two buildings, and works towards a solar power solution for the future of the structures. Phase I of the project renovated and protected the first floor and foundation of the building.
Northwest Choirs (Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle) will undertake a major renovation of their permanent home, located in the University Heights Center. The scope of this nearly 5,000 square foot project includes two large rehearsal rooms, two smaller breakout practice rooms, offices, a reception area, and acoustic and lighting upgrades throughout the space.
Pottery Northwest will be undertaking a series of building updates to increase the safety, comfort, and community awareness of their ceramic studio. This includes updating restrooms, ventilation, and exterior signage.
Ripple Productions (Café Nordo)
A two-part improvement to Café Nordo’s performance space in an historic, brick building in Pioneer Square will include: 1) The purchase and strategic installation of sound baffling panels to improve acoustic quality, and 2) the purchase and installation of a fan system to improve air circulation and temperature control.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
The Seattle Repertory Theater will undertake a major upgrade of their PONCHO Forum, a small black-box performance and workshop space that last saw major improvements in 1983, the year the building was constructed. Their Cultural Facilities Fund award will support the replacement of the HVAC system serving the space, bolstering the comfort and usefulness of the PONCHO venue.
SouthEast Effective Development (SEEDArts)
Funds will help to build and equip a professional low-power FM radio studio, which will include a broadcast studio, community production space, classroom for training, offices for volunteers and staff, and an engineering room.
University Heights Center
University Heights Center's building, a 1902 former schoolhouse, is home to 11 arts, educational, and cultural organizations. Funding will be used to repair water damage to the main entrance, and a section of the historic cedar rain gutters.
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Funding will be used to renovate two public bathrooms on the second floor of the historic Stimson-Green Mansion, preventing water damage to landmarked historic interiors in the entry hall, and restoring full use of the facilities.
2015 Cultural Facilities Partners
Increase accessibility to the historic 1929 Chong Wa Hall with an ADA-compliant restroom and upgrade to the two staircases in the auditorium to meet code requirements.
Construction of a multi-cultural community center to provide space for cultural opportunities on Beacon Hill. The center will feature a commercial kitchen and professional stage.
Replacement of the sewer line.
Improvement and preservation of the two-level studio, for their artist-in-residence program.
Upgrades to the lobby and replacement of their marquee as the final phase of a 3-year capital improvement project.
Update HVAC system and roof repairs.
New state-of-the-art Hearing Loop Assistive Learning System for hearing-impaired children, families and teachers.
HVAC system upgrade and roof repairs to the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Light replacement in museum galleries.
Safety upgrades to the Dome Room, Upstage Ladder to Stage Grid and Loading Bridge.
New seats, carpeting, theatre lighting and patron assisted listening systems for the Center Theater.
Renovating the main entryway to be ADA compliant, and installing a sprung dance floor.
The purchase and installation of state-of-the-art archival systems for the preservation and protection of historic artifacts while not on display.
Upgrades to electrical and lighting system.
2014 Cultural Facilities Partners
Repairing and restoring the space to its original condition after a recent flood.
Addition of motion-sensor lights and cameras with a new DVR recorder added to capture footage from new and existing cameras.
Improvements and a redesign for their current Community Center kitchen, and the creation of an adjacent outdoor area as a community gathering space
Providing full fire protection for the Seattle Landmark Washington Hall building.
Installing a new HVAC system
Finishing the installation of a theater in 109 Main St, creating the permanent home of Ripple Productions and the Cafe Nordo shows.
Purchasing and installing security lighting & cameras to SEEDArts Studios, which will house 22 artist studios/office spaces for creative enterprises in Hillman City.
Building out an office space, film library, and screening room in their new location at 12th Avenue Arts
Revitalizing the physical infrastructure at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, including a window replacement project and classroom upgrades.
2013 Cultural Facilities Partners
Upgrades to bathrooms and kitchen for students, installation of new drinking fountain
Creation of two theaters in the 12th Avenue Arts development
Seating risers for the conversion of rehearsal room to black box theater in the old Intiman Playhouse
Improvements to wood and metal shops (ventilation, heat, and safety)
Elevator upgrades for safety and ADA compliance
Creation of new storefront access for new facility at Seattle Center, and new "in-studio" performance space
Installation of new audience risers to expand capacity by 39%
Replacement of decking on the lightship Swiftsure
Replacement of stage floor and lobby carpet
Replacement of dangerously outdated electrical system for theatrical lighting
Installation of new stage in new theater space
Installation of exterior security lighting
Creation of new library and resource center in new facility
2012 Cultural Facilities Partners
Dance Studio Upgrades (floor/blinds)
ADA Access Entryway
Roof & Furnace Replacement
HVAC & Electrical Wiring
Theatre Chair Replacement
Exterior Security Lighting/Gates
Elevator, Access & Seismic Upgrades
Lighting, Fencing and Signage
ADA Lift and Railings
Assistive Listening System
Electrical System Upgrade
Current Grants for Organizations
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More Grant/Funding Opportunities
Seeking curatorial team to create content for outdoor eco-art exhibition at Carkeek Park. $1,800 honorarium
Grants up to $8,500 to artists and art groups in King County.
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation’s theatre enrichment work fosters the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences. We support socially-charged theatre productions, which we define as excellent artistic content that promotes dialogue around relevant social issues. We recognize theatre’s power to address pertinent, provocative issues and to engage individuals and communities. We support theatres with outreach and audience engagement strategies that welcome new and underrepresented audiences. Those strategies have included pre-performance audience guides, post-performance discussions with special guests, lobby displays that showcase components of the plot, and/or unique civic partnerships with entities like the police department, housing authority, or public library that highlight the production’s relevance in the community. The Foundation welcomes applications for any musical or play that tackles social issues in an innovative, inspiring, and educational manner.
This free workshop will cover where to find events, what to look for when choosing an event, and how to prepare applications and photos that impress juries. Plus, get tips on pre-show prep, equipment, and more.
This workshop will cover how to lay the groundwork for a great festival using social media & word of mouth to market your events, effective booth set-up & display, and proper equipment prep (money, packaging, emergencies).
This workshop will cover telling your story, learning to listen, and artist etiquette in the arts festival environment.
The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations located in Western Washington, Central Washington, and the Greater Portland area.