Civic Partners grant

Application

Currently funded organizations will have their funding extend through 2019. New organizations interested in 2019 funding may apply here.

Deadline

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 11pm PST

Civic Partners supports 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 strives to serve all people who live, work in, and visit Seattle by partnering with arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations of all sizes and disciplines. The City's investment is aimed at creating broad public access to a rich array of meaningful arts opportunities while promoting a healthy and diverse cultural community. In order to create a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable cultural sector, we prioritize support for partners taking action to be antiracist organizations and value, implement and uphold inclusive practices through an intersectional lens of equity.

Grant Information Video

Missed the grant workshops? View the informational video about the 2019 Civic Partners grant.

Eligibility

To apply for Civic Partners support, an organization must have its primary location in Seattle and have:

  • a mission and programs centered on arts and culture or the histories of Seattle's peoples and places;
  • a minimum three-year history of continuous operation and cultural accomplishment serving Seattle residents.
  • a not-for-profit business structure; and
  • at least one ongoing cultural program open to the public in Seattle.

Evaluation Criteria

The Civic Partners program invests in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors. Through this and all our programs, we are committed to removing barriers to participation and involving diverse cultures and underserved audiences and artists.

In addition to the program goals of representing the diversity in the cultural community and the residents to be served, the following three core evaluation criteria are considered in the review of applications.

  1. Public Access and Benefit: Constituents, Community, Audience Served
  2. Merit and Impact of Program in Relation to a Stated Cultural Mission
  3. Organizational Soundness and Capacity

Funds may be used for

Civic Partners funds may be used to support annual operating and program costs (staff, artist and other professional fees, facilities, outreach, etc.) relating to an organization’s cultural services which are accessible to and provide public benefit to Seattle residents and visitors. These will be your core programs and services; they do not have to be new programs or projects. Civic Partners awards may NOT be used for

  • events not accessible to the public;
  • capital improvements or purchase of equipment;
  • school, college and university departments or programs which are part of regular or extra-curricular school programs;
  • religious services, or events or presentations in which fundraising is the primary purpose.
Open Date
12/31/2018
Close Date
1/10/2019
Close Time
Eligible
Organization
Application

Manage your award

Funding Timeline

NEW APPLICANTS:

January/February 2019
Staff and a community panel will review applications.

February/March 2019
The panel meets and makes a decision on which projects to fund.

April 2019
Notification emails will be sent to applicants.

CURRENT CIVIC PARTNERS:

February 2019
Civic Partners 2018 funding award amounts determined. Recipients notified.

February/March 2019 
Civic Partner Information Sessions will be available for new staff of funded organizations to learn about the program and paperwork needed to receive funding. This is also a great refresher for current staff as well. 

April 1, 2019
Pre-contract worksheets are due. Instructions will be sent in early February to individuals each organization identified as their primary contact in our previous online granting system. Submitted worksheets are your notification to us that you accept our grant and they also identify the project you want to apply your funds to in calendar year 2019. If your project or dates change, please contact Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov as soon as possible to discuss options.

At Least Four Weeks Before Your Contract Expiration Date
Or by December 15, 2019, whichever is sooner, we need to receive your Invoice Final Report form plus documentation. This form can be found under the Document Tab in the Manage your award section on this page. Please contact Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov with questions.

Next Application Cycle
Current Civic Partners will receive updates for the next application cycle in mid-2019 for 2020, 2021 and 2022 funding. If you are not currently funded through Civic Partners and would like to apply, please send an email to Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov with:

  • your organization name
  • contact name
  • contact info
  • website, if available

You will be added to a list to receive information about the next opportunity when it is available. The City is investing in a new online Citywide grants platform that will produce a better experience for applicants and aligns with race and social justice values by providing more equity in opportunities for artists and communities of color. Originally scheduled for completion in 2018, this major undertaking by the City of Seattle, has been delayed into 2019. 

If you are trying to access your online account, please note that ARTS' previous grant platform, CultureGrants Online (CGO) is no longer available due to a realignment of business focus by WESTAF, its developer. Information was sent to everyone who had an online account. If you have questions, please contact Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov for guidance. Please check back here for future updates.

The City is investing in a new online Citywide grants platform that will produce a better experience for applicants and aligns with race and social justice values by providing more equity in opportunities for artists and communities of color. Originally scheduled for completion in 2018, this major undertaking by the City of Seattle, has been delayed into 2019. 

If you are trying to access your online account, please note that ARTS' previous grant platform, CultureGrants Online (CGO) is no longer available due to a realignment of business focus by WESTAF, its developer. Information was sent to everyone who had an online account. If you have questions, please contact this program's project manager for guidance. Please check back here for future updates

Getting the word out

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

  • 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

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

In 2016, the Civic Partners program awarded $1.79 million, with a commitment for 3 additional years of funding to 158 Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations including seven arts service organizations designated as Community Partners. These funded programs engaged more than 19,000 volunteer and paid artists serving an audience of almost 2 million people, including 271,878 students and youth, and provided 323,360 free admissions. Nearly 30 percent of the funded projects either involved artists of color or served communities of color at some level.

2016 - 2019 Community Partners

Seven of the 158 funded organizations are designated community partners, which are defined as arts service organizations that serve and enhance the capacity of artists and arts groups.

$10,600
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
$3,200
$15,300
$12,000

 

2016 - 2019 Civic Partners

$1,430
AGAINST THE GRAIN/Men in Dance
$1,295
$938
$1,220
$6,696
$30,831
$2,680
$2,760
$3,000
$7,543
$610
$16,430
$1,454
$3,763
$25,048
$6,000
$2,723
$16,642
$24,715
$3,300
Philharmonia Northwest
$808
$147,443
$6,500
Simple Measures
$1,122
$610
$1,003
$1,629
$3,852
Theater Schmeater
$3,608
$1,224
$1,779

2014 - 2015 Community Partners

Nine of the 168 funded organizations are designated community partners, which are defined as arts service organizations that serve and enhance the capacity of artists and arts groups.

$10,000
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
$3,200
$15,000
$12,000

 

2014 - 2015 Civic Partners

AGAINST THE GRAIN/Men in Dance
$1,378
$1,208
$6,565
Balagan Theatre
$1,688*
$29,086
$6,000
$1,425
$3,550
$23,630
$2,475
$25,745
Philharmonia Northwest
$500
$152,003
$6,000
$45,000
Simple Measures
$1,100
$1,613
Theater Schmeater
$3,700
$1,744
* Funded in 2014 only

2012 - 2013 Community Partners

Nine of the 137 funded organizations are designated community partners, which are defined as arts service organizations that serve and enhance the capacity of artists and arts groups.

Artist Trust
Artist Trust provides individual artists of all creative disciplines the necessary support to launch and sustain successful careers, through financial grants, career training and professional resources.
$9,000
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
AVIA (Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences) provides audio-description of live arts performances, and other services to create access for those who are visually impaired.
$3,200
ArtsEd Washington
ArtsEd Washington works to advance arts education for all Washington students by creating systemic change in how arts education is perceived, funded, and taught in the schools.
$2,000
Shunpike
Shunpike's Storefronts Seattle promotes neighborhood vitality by bringing temporary art and creative enterprise to available retail storefront spaces and the Arts Business Clinic offers affordable consultation, training workshops and information resources for artists and arts groups in navigating business issues, management tactics and strategic priorities.
$15,000
Springboard (501 Commons)
Springboard vaults a cohort of small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations towards greater sustainability by guiding them through an in-depth assessment and planning process.
$4,000
Teaching Artist Training Lab (ArtsWA)
The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab is an eight-month professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines. The Lab supports artists' ability to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers, to develop strong arts learning plans, to create safe and inclusive learning environments, and to develop creative and collaborative arts learning experiences for their students.
$3,000
TeenTix (Seattle Center Foundation)
TeenTix facilitates arts encounters for teenagers aged 13-19, while empowering them to design and initiate those experiences. TeenTix makes Seattle's cultural life affordable and accessible to teens while developing an engaged community of young patrons for the arts.
$6,000
Theatre Puget Sound (Arts Crush)
Theatre Puget Sound's Arts Crush is a multi-disciplinary annual festival encouraging active participation in the arts by unifying the regional arts community around four overarching goals: Engaging Community, Creating Access, Inspiring Creativity and Building Arts Participation.
$5,000
Washington State Cultural Congress (WA State Arts Alliance Foundation)
Cultural Congress is a collaborative conference bringing together a diverse group of cultural leaders to increase their knowledge of the field, strengthen skills and cultivate partnerships through intensive workshops, peer dialogue, and dynamic speakers.
$4,000

 

2012 - 2013 Civic Partners

Against the Grain / Men in Dance
$1,450
$6,910
$2,145
$1,500**
$4,480
$8,000
$2,080
$10,000
$1,140
$2,840
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
$1,395
$15,245
$5,600
$1,000
$15,700
$19,070*
Seattle Dance Project
$1,825
$161,705
$166,950
$4,895
Simple Measures
$1,280
$1,745
$3,975
Theater Schmeater
$3,895
$1,660
* Funds for these contracts may differ from 2012 to 2013
** Funded only in 2012

2011 Civic Partners

$2,300
$1,775
$9,000
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
$3,200
$7,275
Blue Earth Alliance
$1,000
$2,700
$3,975
Giant Magnet
$15,700
$850
$48,250
$8,470
$1,415
$4,225
$15,700
$7,260
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
$4,300
$169,500
Simple Measures
$900
$1,000
Theater Schmeater
$4,100
$1,000

2009 - 2010 Civic Partners

$2,300
$1,815
$9,323
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
$3,328
$7,502
$2,783
Blue Earth Alliance
$1,000
d9 Dance Collective
$1,573
$2,750
$4,114
$850
$52,635
$8,470
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
$6,958
$1,452
$4,356
$16,698
$7,260
Prabha Rustagi Memorial Trust
$1,800
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
$4,356
$188,912
Simple Measures
$900
$1,000
Theater Schmeater
$4,235
$1,000

2007 - 2008 Civic Partners

$1,500
$7,600
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
$2,750
$6,200
$2,300
Crispin Spaeth Dance Group
$3,500
d9 Dance Collective
$1,300
$3,400
$43,500
$7,000
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
$5,750
$1,200
$3,600
Next Stage Dance Theatre
$1,500
$13,800
$6,000
Prabha Rustagi Memorial Trust
$1,500
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
$3,600
$154,000
$159,000
Theater Schmeater
$3,500
$3,500
VSA Arts of Washington
$4,500