Funding for 2016-17 Civic Partners program is now available. Start your application


Free Information Sessions

Learn how to submit a strong application. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply plus special focus on what's new. The 3-hour sessions provide more hands-on guidance about the new elements of the application process including a deeper focus on racial equity. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop to increase your potential for receiving funding.

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Kathy Hsieh at kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9926.

* Wednesday, June 3, 6 — 8 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, Room 106
2524 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 on Seattle's Beacon Hill
* ASL Interpreted Workshop

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The Civic Partner program awards funding to arts and cultural and heritage organizations in all disciplines with a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. The City's investment is aimed at creating broad public access to a rich array of quality arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community.

Our Office has long strived to serve all residents and communities in Seattle by partnering with arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations of all sizes and disciplines. And in order to truly create a more inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cultural sector, plus relevant arts opportunities for all the people who live in, work and visit Seattle, we prioritize support for partners that value, implement and uphold inclusive practices through a racial equity lens.

Organizations are reviewed by a peer panel on public impact, artistic excellence, inclusive practices and organizational strength.

In 2014, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.7 million to 158 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations plus nine arts service organizations designated as Community Partners. These funded programs engaged more than 15,855 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of almost 1.4 million people, including 168,272 students and youth, and provided 272,390 free admissions. Nearly 43 percent of the funded projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color at some level.