Grants

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's investments in the arts make our community more vibrant, spur economic growth, and help further our ongoing pursuits of social and racial justice. These grants make meaningful impacts in our communities by expanding access to arts and culture for residents and visitors throughout our city. Our grant programs include Arts Mean Business, Civic Partners, CityArtist Projects, Cultural Facilities, Neighborhood & Community Arts, smART Ventures, Youth Arts and Work Readiness Arts Program.

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Amanda Standley
Operations Coordinator
Our Grant Opportunities
Neighborhood & Community Arts
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.

Eligible

Opens

Closes

Oct. 19, 2016
Neighborhood & Community Arts
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.

Eligible

Opens

Closes

Oct. 19, 2016
smART ventures
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.

Eligible

Opens

Closes

Ongoing
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.

Opens

Closes

2017
Civic Partners
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.

Eligible

Opens

2017

Closes

2017
Work Readiness Arts Program
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.

Eligible

Opens

2017

Closes

2017
CityArtist Projects
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years.

Eligible

Opens

2017

Closes

2017
Cultural Facilities Grant
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation or new facility projects.

Eligible

Opens

2017

Closes

2017
Work Readiness Arts Program
This pilot program created greater equity and inclusiveness in Seattle by funding pivotal arts jobs for arts, cultural and heritage organizations that serve under-represented communities. This program will not have an open application cycle in 2016.

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Calls for Artists

Lighting artist residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a lighting artist or lighting artist team for a unique project-based artist residency in the southwest tower on the University Bridge. The selected lighting artist(s) will undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic bascule bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, and create a conceptual plan for lighting each bridge. 2/16/2016
Temporary art in Seattle parks
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation are seeking artists to create temporary art installations or social practice activities for selected Seattle parks to activate and engage their surrounding communities.10/19/2016
Writer/poet residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience. 2/16/2016

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. 07/20/2016
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. 2/10/2016

Artist Rosters

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.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

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. 2/10/2016

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.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.
Trainings available for teaching artists <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Join us to kick-off a new series of free Creative Advantage Arts Partner trainings.

Grants

Arts in Parks Program
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.10/19/2016
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.10/19/2016
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. 05/05/2016
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. 2/10/2016

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.

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

Arts in Parks Program
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.10/19/2016
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.10/19/2016
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. 05/05/2016

Cultural Space

Arts & Cultural Districts
A program dedicated to nurturing and protecting the presence of arts and culture in our neighborhoods.
Cultural Space Inventory
From the largest to the smallest, we are counting every theater, gallery, arts office, rehearsal room, library, music club, museum, and cinema in town.

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Other Opportunities

Washington Lawyers for the Arts
What can an artist expect when presented with a public art contract? How might a contract with a foreign governmental entity, or for a temporary installation, differ from a domestic sale or permanent installation? What provisions should the artist review carefully when negotiating the responsibilities of each party?9/29/2016
Washington Lawyers for the Arts
What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon death, an artist or art collector has an added responsibility of making specific provisions for their artwork.9/15/2016
The Morgan Fund
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.9/30/2016
4Culture
4Culture seeks video art created by media artists from across the US, for presentation in our storefront media gallery located in Seattle’s urban core.9/28/2016
Greater Denton Arts Council
The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Exhibition9/30/2016
City of Tacoma - Arts Program
Metro Parks Tacoma seeks an artist or artist team to create an art strategy.10/11/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Twelve writers, selected by an invited curator, create new work during the residency to be presented through live readings, recorded interviews, a published anthology, and as podcasts.11/1/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Up to four artists/teams are selected to receive up to 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer, which they may use to realize the sound component of their project, with training as needed. Artists’ new work is presented in our gallery in the following year.11/1/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Up to eight artists/teams are awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer at Jack Straw Cultural Center; an additional 10-12 artists/teams receive matching awards. 11/1/2016
Artists Up 2016 Grant LAB <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The collaborative program Artist Up is launching the Grant LAB, an experimental program that will test grant-making ideas and practices for greater equity and access throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. Up to 18 artists will be selected with $3,000 awards each. Funds from the Grant LAB will support work by artists in all disciplines and in contemporary, traditional/cultural heritage, or other art forms. 9/28/2016
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
Call for Sketchers, Plein Air Painters, and Artists of All Stripes10/2/2016
Twilight Gallery
HEX and The Monstrous Feminine examines the mystical and occult tools available in contemporary art and adornment. How we conjure protection through spell-craft, talismans, and ritual9/16/2016
City of Shoreline Public Art
The Gallery at City Hall Shoreline in conjunction with Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council invites submissions for a group exhibition on the general theme of totemic items in our modern life, and the idea of identity through design. 9/15/2016
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
Calling Northwest artists to exhibit in 2017 at the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park10/31/2016
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
Calling Northwest artists to exhibit in 2017 at the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park10/31/2016
Ardor Creative Media
October Submissions are open for the last regular show of the year. 9/9/2016
4Culture
4Culture seeks qualifications from CA, OR and WA state artists skilled, experienced, and interested to create large-scale paintings and murals in Seattle and King County, WA.10/24/2016
Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center is seeking design concepts in order to create a Veterans Reflective Space that honors our past, present and future veterans and recognizes the journey from combat to campus, military to student life.10/31/2016
Era Living
You are invited to submit artwork for consideration to be included in the juried art exhibition at University House Issaquah.9/8/2016
Capitol Hill Housing
Capitol Hill Housing and its Community Partners are seeking to hire a Project Curator that will assist in creating a comprehensive vision for art placement and art creation opportunities throughout the Library Bank Building.8/26/2016
Na'ah Illahee Fund
The Ahdanehi Women’s Giving Circle is a diverse group of community women from the Seattle area. The Ahdanehi Circle supports the mission of Na’ah Illahee Fund and Northwest First People Siʔsiýeḿ in a number of ways.9/9/2016
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Public Art for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture’s new facility.9/24/2016

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The Billboard Creative
LOS ANGELES BILLBOARD EXHIBITION10/2/2016
SCIDpda
The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is seeking professional design teams and design professionals to submit their Statement of Qualifications for the opportunity to craft a conceptual design for the historic Maynard Alley, located in Seattle’s historic Chinatown International District.8/22/2016
Ardor Creative Media
Looking for Pitchers and Catchers (Investors/Crew)8/21/2016
S&R Foundation
Recognizing emerging artists in a variety of disciplines. 10/15/2016
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
An exhibition and fundraiser event featuring hundreds of small artworks9/30/2016
Lynnwood Arts Commission
Youth Art Exhibits in 20179/30/2016
Lynnwood Arts Commission
Visual Art Exhibits in 20179/30/2016
Twilight Gallery
Inspired the radical, interdisciplinary, intellectual and conceptual ideas of the mid-century feminist art movement, this call seeks work that offers new perspectives on that which is personal and political in contemporary art.9/1/2016
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Looking for a short-term art installation on the Art Wall at our brewery tasting room8/31/2016
Society for Contemporary Craft
The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.10/1/2016
On the Boards
On the Boards Ambassadors are cultural and civic leaders who bring new voices and perspectives to programs; and share our programs with new communities.The Ambassador Project at OtB is now in its fourth season.8/29/2016
Abrams Chiropractic Clinic
Looking for artists to show their work.8/18/2016
METHOD Gallery
METHOD is accepting submissions from individual artists for a solo exhibition scheduled for January 5-February 25, 2017 Artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia in all media are invited to apply Note: Groups of artists that wish to collaborate to create one cohesive installation are also welcome to apply.8/21/2016
Northwest Chorale
NW Chorale Call for Singers9/19/2016
Dendroica Gallery
Art submitted should be of or related to birds, and can be representative or abstract.10/16/2016
Portland Winter Light Festival
Call for artists, designers, creatives, makers and performers for PWLF Feb 1 - 4th, 20179/1/2016
Spokane Arts
The Chase Gallery submissions are open for the 2017 season. We are seeking artists for the Winter and Fall Exhibition schedules.9/9/2016
Leschi Business Association
Community celebration of the Arts 8/31/2016
Mukilteo Arts Guild
Holiday Art Mart 201610/1/2016
Poetry on Buses <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
“Your Body of Water” Poetry on Buses 2016-2017, has expanded to offer community sourced poetry in nine languages on a broad range of bus, rail and station venues. Residents in King County, Washington is eligible to submit one poem up to 50 words in length on the theme of water online starting May 15 through September 30.9/30/2016
AlliedArts
The 2017 Juried Artist Series will consist of 8 shows a year and will feature one to four artists per show.8/26/2016
Math WizZards
Print Services9/22/2016
AlliedArts
The 2017 Juried Artist Series will consist of approximately eight shows, each one a month long, taking place in 2017. Participation is open to all artists in Whatcom County. Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is required and can be obtained at the time of application.8/26/2016

Resources

Grants are cash support given for arts projects, programs and organizations by government agencies, foundations, corporations, individuals and private arts organizations. You most often need to fill out an application and submit it to the grant-making organization for consideration. If you are looking for funding for a particular art project or organization, here are a few tips and resources to help guide you.

Basic tips:

  • Think about your project or organization in the future. Start with the end in mind. Look at your project or organization's big picture. Who are you? What are your strengths and priorities?
  • Create a plan, not just a proposal.
  • Do your homework. Research prospective funders. Search locally first. Target funding sources that have an interest in your organization, program or project.
  • Make sure the priorities of the foundation, corporation or government agency you're applying to are the best match for your work or organization. Go to their website. See who they've funded in the past. Review their eligibility requirements. Make sure you or your organization fits who they fund.
  • Quality writing counts. A clear, concise, well-written proposal makes a difference. If you don't have much experience writing grants, or don't feel confident in your writing skills, find someone who does to review your grant before you submit it. Always proof your application.
  • Get help if you need it. Take a grant-writing workshop.
  • Get face-to-face time. Meet with the program officer for the grant you are applying to. Many funders have staff available to help answer questions or review draft proposals. Making a personal connection with funders before submitting an application can be invaluable in putting together the strongest application possible.

Tips for Individual Artists

  • Have a well-written artist statement (half-page version, one-page version and a two-page version). Do not overuse "art speak" terms/language. Write for an audience who has never interacted with/seen your work. Keep it simple, clear and straight-forward. The committee reviewing your proposal needs to understand the proposal the first time they read it.
  • Have good documentation/support materials of your work. Photographs and video documentation need to be done well. Save articles and reviews of your work. Project your images to make sure they project well. Check the viewing order of the visual support materials you are submitting carefully. Make sure the order makes visual sense to viewers. For example, if you are submitting a diptych, submit an image of the entire diptych first, followed by the details of the piece.
  • Have two copies of the grant guidelines/form on hand (or make copies). Use one of the forms as your working document. Follow the directions/guidelines closely.
  • Start the grant well ahead of the deadline and have someone proofread your proposal.
  • Do not send extra materials that aren't asked for.
  • Do not make lots of calls to the organization about the grant. Be organized with all your questions. They should be asked in one or two phone calls.
  • For the budget, factor in your labor time as well as the cost of your materials. Make a list of things you'll need and their price. When you look for in-kind donations you will have a better idea of what you need.
  • Organize a group of artists to research grant opportunities. It will take you much less time to research grants with more people looking and you can proofread each other's grant proposals.

Additional resources for grant writing tips and information are:

Artist Trust
Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
Non-Profit Guides

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:

4Culture
4Culture works to enhance the quality of life in King County by providing residents and visitors with a broad range of programs and services in the arts, heritage, historic preservation and public art. Find current funding opportunities for artists and organizations.

Artist Trust
Artist Trust provides grants, resources and career training to musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, craft artists, filmmakers, cross-disciplinary artists and more. The organization also provides free resources for artists, including a wealth of services, artist opportunities, calls for artists, funding sources and much more.

Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC)
WSAC is charged with the growth and development of the arts throughout Washington state offers grants for artists and performers, organizations and schools.

Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF)
WESTAF offers grants and fellowships for artists and arts organizations.

Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington supports non-profit organizations, agencies and groups that produce programs and projects related to the humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The NEA offers grants to individuals and non-profit organizations to advance artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA funds the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, folk and traditional arts, museums, arts education and arts agencies.


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