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.

Information
Matthew Richter
Cultural Space Liaison

Deadline

11 p.m., Sept. 4, 2015
0 days left to apply

Information Session

Learn what makes a strong application. This interactive question-and-answer session covers specifics on eligibility and how to apply.

Eligibility

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.

What am I eligible for?

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Calls for Artists

Seattle Public Utilities Residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will commission one artist, or artist team of no more than two, for a six-month residency beginning in January 2016.

Grants/Funding

CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.
Ethnic Artist Roster
The Ethnic Artist Roster is a diverse list of artists of color who were selected through a panel process for exhibition opportunities in city owned or affiliated galleries.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.

Looking for Space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.

Grants

Civic Partners grant
Awarding two-year grants to Seattle arts and cultural organizations and investing in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors.
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Professional Development

Racial Equity
Resources and events related to the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative.
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.

Have rental space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Cultural Space

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

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Manage your Award

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.


Online calendars

There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:


Daily and weekly papers

Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.


Neighborhood newspapers


Radio

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.


Television

Seattle Channel , the city's municipal television channel, is committed to covering local arts and culture. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle channel specifically covers the local art scene.

Local television stations are:


Funded Partners

2014

2014 Cultural Facilities Partners

ArtsWest
Repairing and restoring the space to its original condition after a recent flood.
$12,611
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Addition of motion-sensor lights and cameras with a new DVR recorder added to capture footage from new and existing cameras.
$8,057
Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle
Improvements and a redesign for their current Community Center kitchen, and the creation of an adjacent outdoor area as a community gathering space
$40,000
Historic Seattle
Providing full fire protection for the Seattle Landmark Washington Hall building.
$24,743
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Installing a new HVAC system
$9,000
Ripple Productions
Finishing the installation of a theater in 109 Main St, creating the permanent home of Ripple Productions and the Cafe Nordo shows.
$10,800
SouthEast Effective Development
Purchasing and installing security lighting & cameras to SEEDArts Studios, which will house 22 artist studios/office spaces for creative enterprises in Hillman City.
$13,122
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Building out an office space, film library, and screening room in their new location at 12th Avenue Arts
$5,000
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Revitalizing the physical infrastructure at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, including a window replacement project and classroom upgrades.
$26,666

2013

2013 Cultural Facilities Partners

826 Seattle
Upgrades to bathrooms and kitchen for students, installation of new drinking fountain
$5,100
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
Creation of two theaters in the 12th Avenue Arts development
$35,000
Cornish College of the Arts
Seating risers for the conversion of rehearsal room to black box theater in the old Intiman Playhouse
$30,000
Coyote Central
Improvements to wood and metal shops (ventilation, heat, and safety)
$9,000
El Centro de la Raza
Elevator upgrades for safety and ADA compliance
$35,000
Friends of KEXP
Creation of new storefront access for new facility at Seattle Center, and new "in-studio" performance space
$35,000
NEW CITY THEATER
Installation of new audience risers to expand capacity by 39%
$6,900
Northwest Seaport
Replacement of decking on the lightship Swiftsure
$21,600
Seattle Public Theater
Replacement of stage floor and lobby carpet
$4,000
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Replacement of dangerously outdated electrical system for theatrical lighting
$10,000
Theater Schmeater
Installation of new stage in new theater space
$6,000
University Heights Center
Installation of exterior security lighting
$17,400
Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center
Creation of new library and resource center in new facility
$35,000

2012

2012 Cultural Facilities Partners

Hengda Dance Academy
Dance Studio Upgrades (floor/blinds)
$15,000
Jack Straw Foundation
ADA Access Entryway
$25,000
James and Janie Washington Foundation
Roof & Furnace Replacement
$7,500
Northwest African American Museum
HVAC & Electrical Wiring
$11,250
Northwest Film Forum
Theatre Chair Replacement
$6,000
On the Boards
Exterior Security Lighting/Gates
$15,000
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Elevator, Access & Seismic Upgrades
$10,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Lighting, Fencing and Signage
$15,000
SouthEast Effective Development
ADA Lift and Railings
$5,000
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Assistive Listening System
$11,250
The Center for Wooden Boats
Exterior Lighting
$15,000
Town Hall Association
Heating/Ventilation
$10,000
Wing-It Productions
Electrical System Upgrade
$3,250
Current Grants for Organizations
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Have/Need Rental Space
Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.
Professional Development
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.
More Grant/Funding Opportunities
The Clark Hulings Fund For Visual Artists
The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. 9/30/2015
4Culture
The purpose of the Tech-Specific initiative is to encourage the innovative use of technology in the creation and presentation of original performance work, two/three dimensional installation or sculpture, broadcast media or exhibition, and to foster new partnerships and collaborations between individuals and various sectors of the public and private arenas.10/15/2015
4Culture
King County and 4Culture are partnering to make a momentous investment in regional cultural infrastructure with a one-time program called Building for Culture. $20 million will support jobs to create large, small, urban and rural arts and heritage facilities, with a dedicated percentage directed towards Saving Landmarks, a program to preserve historic properties throughout King County. This is the largest capital program 4Culture has ever implemented, and is the first major investment in decades to support cultural infrastructure in Seattle and across the county.9/9/2015

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