Cultural Facilities Fund

Application

Seattle GO Smart

Deadline

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11 p.m. PST

The Cultural Facilities Fund seeks to reverse the City's lack of investment in cultural organizations representing communities of color. The program awards funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility projects that address more racially equitable access for those who have been (and are) excluded from the City's cultural infrastructure-building. Communities of color have had the least access to controlling cultural space. This fund will prioritize projects that eliminate this disparity.

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must have at least a one-year operating history as a legally established organization, either not-for-profit or for-profit. Applicants for capital funding must have control of the facility to which improvement will be made through ownership or a lease with a minimum of five more years of site control (applicants for pre-capital funding are not required to have site control). Applicants must demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. For requests over $35,000, at least 50% of the funding for the project must be in place before applying. Funded activity must be able to take place and be completed between November 2018 and December 2020.

Funding

Applicants may request up to $100,000 to support pre-capital, capital, and post-capital project expenses.

Open Date
12/31/2018
Close Date
12/31/2018
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In 2018 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, is a major undertaking for ARTS and the City.

While the new grant platform is being built, ARTS' current grant platform, CultureGrants Online (CGO) will no longer be supported by WESTAF - as of June 30, 2018. This means that:

  • a number of grants will be hosted on interim platforms
  • organizations and individuals who have application material in the CGO system, will need to archive their materials. Log into your account at CultureGrants Online to archive.

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

2018 Cultural Facilities Fund Recipients

Amplifier Foundation                       
$28,000.00                         
Amplifier Art Lab Relocation and Build Out                           

The Amplifier Art Lab is a physical space dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements by providing a platform for art and community engagement in Seattle. We are seeking funding to support construction needs in the new facility to better suit the operations and public programming of our non-profit.

Avole Coffee                       
$30,000.00                         
Liberty Bank Building - Return to the Roots of Coffee                      

Cafe Avole is attempting to expand into the Central District, in partnership with Africatown and the Liberty Bank Building. We want to use the new location as a platform to celebrate the diverse cultures of Ethiopia and venerate the country's vast coffee knowledge. We sought out local Ethiopian artists to design the space, as we plan to create an authentic and modern African coffee experience.

Black & Tan Hall                               
$80,000.00                         
Black & Tan Hall                               

Funding will support the next phase of the construction and renovation of 5608 Rainier Avenue to allow occupancy.

Byrd Barr Place                 
$55,000.00                         
Renovation Planning for Historic Firehouse Building                         

Since 1968, BBP has operated out of City of Seattle Fire Station 23, built in 1909. The site is a beautiful focal point in the neighborhood, and listed on the historic register.  This grant project will support the renovation of this building to capitalize on the creativity, knowledge and vibrancy of the Black community and ensure that the property will continue to serve a public benefit.

Chong Wa Benevolent Association                          
$70,000.00          
Seismic Retrofit               

Chong Wa Hall is a historic building within the National Register Seattle Chinatown Historic District. The proposed structural upgrade will meet current City of Seattle URM seismic requirements. Improvements include "bolts plus" seismic upgrades, tuck point repair and sealing of exterior masonry surfaces.

Coyote Central                  
$29,450.00                          
Coyote North: Lake City                

Coyote Central is seeking to establish a 'Coyote North' facility in Lake City that can provide middle-school age youth from families of color, immigrant and refugee families, and low income families with equitable access to high quality, socially aware arts programming.  In this pre-capital phase of the project, Coyote will work with Lake City community partners and families to determine the feasibility of establishing a dedicated Coyote youth arts facility and to develop a plan of action.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association                          
$70,000.00                         
Elevate Youngstown                      

DNDA's Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is a jewel of the diverse Delridge neighborhood, a model for engaged community collaboration, hosting and producing arts and cultural activities. "Elevate Youngstown" is our concerted effort to revive and restore the historic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, visited by over 45,000 people annually.

Densho               
$60,000.00                         
Create New Community Space on Historic Jackson Street                              

The renovation and ADA compliant upgrade will allow Densho to host public programs, convene community meetings and receptions, conduct teacher workshops, and create workspaces for visiting artists, scholars, and interns.

Earl's Cuts and Styles                       
$70,000.00                         
Earl's Cuts and Styles Relocation to Liberty Bank Building                               

At the end of 2018, Earl's Cuts and Styles is losing its original home at the corner of 23rd and Union as the Midtown Center block has been purchased for redevelopment. Earl's has the opportunity to relocate across the street into the Liberty Bank Building, a new construction mixed-use affordable housing project affirming to the Black community, opening in early 2019. Earl's is securing funding for the significant capital expenses of tenant improvements to the retail space's cold shell.

Eritrean Community in Seattle & Vicinity                               
$23,396.00                         
Eritrean Community Hall Renovation                      

Our main gathering hall needs significant renovations in order to safely and adequately serve our community and other groups who would like to use our facilities for cultural events.

Ethiopian Community in Seattle                
$55,000.00                         
Ethiopian Community Senior Affordable Housing Project (The Ethiopian Village)

The Ethiopian Village, as a neighborhood presence, will address historical disparities with programs/services; strengthen intergenerational connections and cultural pride with exterior colors evoking the Ethiopian flag and Ethiopian designs (e.g. the Axum) throughout its heart - a multicultural community center, its dual-language early childhood center, meeting spaces, public plaza, coffee shop, commercial kitchen, and façade. ECS will seek additional funds for affordable senior rental housing.

Filipino Community of Seattle                    
$50,000.00                         
The Filipino Community Village Innovation Learning Center and Gathering Space

The FCS Innovation Learning Center and Community Gathering Space includes 4,800 square feet for services for seniors, youth, families, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as other community members in need. The proposed project will meet community needs by providing a safe, welcoming and inspiring place for youth, expanded space for frontline community programs, and a cultural home for the Filipino community.

Freehold Theatre Lab Studio                      
$10,500.00                         
Final Build-Out for Black Box Theatre Space at Freehold

Freehold would like to establish a 99-seat, fully flexible performance space with the technical capability to support diverse, artistically ambitious, independent productions, dance and multi-media events. 

Friends of Detective Cookie Chess Park                 
$31,088.00                         
Detective Cookie Chess Park The Detective Cookie Chess Park will serve as a tribute to Det. Cookie, while activating an underutilized, open-air space for her club to meet, as well as providing a safe, free, public space for youth and adults from across cultures to meet and play chess at any time. With this grant proposal we are seeking pre-capital funds to re-hire the Landscape Architect and Civil Engineer to continue design and permitting with SDOT. 

Friends of Little Saigon                  
$65,000.00                         
Little Saigon Cultural Gathering Space

Funding from ARTS will support capital and post-capital funding to jump start a community vision for a Little Saigon Cultural Gathering Space. A safe space to share and practice Vietnamese arts and culture, provide resources, and gather for special holidays and events.

Indie Genius Media                        
$16,000.00                         
Indie Genius Media SPACE Office Buildout for Sound Our request for the Cultural Facilities Grant is centered around soundproofing and noise reduction so that we may be better-positioned for future live events, film screenings, music performances, cultural preservation, and collecting local oral histories.

Jack Straw Foundation                  
$31,500.00                         
Creating Accessible Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Complete critical accessibility upgrades to our building by converting our six currently non-compliant restrooms to ADA compliant gender neutral restrooms that will increase social equity as well as meeting code.

La Sala                 
$33,217.00                         
Latinx Northwest Latinx Northwest (LTX) is a collaborative effort by three Seattle-based organizations: La Sala, Seattle Amistad School, and the Latino Community Fund. Our mission is to create a contemporary Latinx arts and culture hub in Seattle. In 2019, a new summer pop-up will (1) demonstrate what Latinx Northwest has to offer, (2) widely distribute the results of our 2018 community engagement process, and (3) broaden our network as we complete a feasibility study.

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Arts Mentoring & Enrichment Community Center                  
$31,499.00                         
MLK Community Center Gym Renovation

Renovation of the gym includes replacing the floor and basketball backboards. The floor dates back to the 1950's and it and the subfloors need repair/replacing. Replacement of the existing basketball backboards with retractable backboards will allow the gym to function as a multiuse room, a definite asset to the community.

Multicultural Community Center                                
$50,000.00                         
The Multicultural Innovation Center

Project Cultural Facility Funds would provide pre-capital expenses: architectural and interior design services, engineering services and project management for the 5,400 square foot Cultural Innovation Center to reflect the vision and aspirations expressed by the hundreds of our community stakeholders--immigrants, refugees and communities of color--who have participated in listening sessions and community meetings over the past two years.

Náakw Dancers                
$24,500.00                         
Tlingit Cedar Strip Canoe

Our cultural facilities proposal is to build a full-size 28'x4.5'x3.5' cedar strip canoe. This will be a fully functional cultural treasure that will be used in the Salish Sea to provide healing to underrepresented and often forgotten nations of indigenous people with a focus on the youth, their empowerment, their education, and their knowledge acquisition. This cultural facility will create intergenerational healing.

Reel Grrls                            
$27,278.00                         
Sound Proofing Pound Studios

Reel Grrls seeks support for sound proofing Pound Studios. In 2017, Reel Grrls secured a partnership with Pound Gallery to be the home of RG Productions and other programs.

Royal Esquire Club                          
$23,800.00                         
The Royal Esquire Club Cultural Preservation Project

This project is part of the Royal Esquire Club's vision of modernizing its facility to preserve the type of facility required for contemporary performances.  

The Rainier Arts Center                
$50,000.00                         
Rainier Arts Center Renovations

Rainier Arts Center, SE Seattle's multicultural performing arts center, is planning to improve the community's access to the Center and expand its capacity. This project will improve the performing artists experience in the Center and add new affordable, flexible-use spaces.

The Hillman City Collaboratory                  
$24,500.00                         
Hillman City Salon and Café

Cultural Facility Funds will be used to design and re-envision three dimensions of the Collaboratory. The Mixing Chamber into a space with professional quality stage, sound and lighting equipment. A cafe that serves as a creative salon-a safe, all ages space for people of color to socialize, converse, and enjoy art together. A commercial kitchen that can be rented out to up and coming chefs, used for cooking classes programmed by Taste International, and a place to produce food for salon events.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center                      
$70,000.00                         
Daybreak Star Lift System

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center has been the premier venue for the exhibition and performance of Native arts and culture in Seattle since 1977. Though both floors of Daybreak Star contain arts spaces, there is currently no elevator between them.  As part of a program of major renovations planned over the next three years, we seek to install a lift system to increase accessibility for Elders, young children, and people with mobility impairments.

Vietnamese Cultural Center                       
$35,000.00                         
Walkways and parking lot for the visiting handicraft

The facility is limited walkways and parking lot for the handicraft.

Wing Luke Memorial Foundation                             
$32,500.00                         
Wing Luke Museum "Homestead House"Feasibility Study in the Chinatown-International District

Completing a feasibility study for The Wing's "Homestead House" project in the Chinatown-International District, preserving an historic home as community/cultural space while developing the underutilized portion of the lot with housing and artist spaces to retain community ownership, preserve our Asian Pacific American community vitality, and meet community demand for expanded cultural/artistic spaces and healthy neighborhood activity.

2016 Cultural Facilities Partners

A Contemporary Theatre
$13,300
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
$2,400
The Frye Art Museum will be installing an ADA-compliant automatic opening device on the front door.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Youngstown Arts Center

$35,000
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.

Densho
$2,160
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
$30,000
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)
$12,400
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
$16,480
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
$30,000
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
$5,600
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)
$3,101
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
$20,000
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)
$35,000
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
$18,448
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
$16,816
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

Chong Wa Education Society
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.
$21,375
El Centro de la Raza
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.
$32,500
Flying House Productions
Replacement of the sewer line.
$12,148
James & Janie Washington Foundation
Improvement and preservation of the two-level studio, for their artist-in-residence program.
$8,980
Northwest African American Museum
Security improvements.
$25,160
Northwest Film Forum
Upgrades to the lobby and replacement of their marquee as the final phase of a 3-year capital improvement project.
$27,500
On the Boards
Update HVAC system and roof repairs.
$21,508
Seattle Children's Theatre Association
New state-of-the-art Hearing Loop Assistive Learning System for hearing-impaired children, families and teachers.
$10,677
SIFF
HVAC system upgrade and roof repairs to the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown.
$25,000
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Light replacement in museum galleries.
$1,850
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Safety upgrades to the Dome Room, Upstage Ladder to Stage Grid and Loading Bridge.
$13,281
Theatre Puget Sound
New seats, carpeting, theatre lighting and patron assisted listening systems for the Center Theater.
$16,500
Velocity Dance Center
Renovating the main entryway to be ADA compliant, and installing a sprung dance floor.
$16,500
Washington State Jewish Historical Society
The purchase and installation of state-of-the-art archival systems for the preservation and protection of historic artifacts while not on display.
$10,800
Wing-It Productions DBA Jet City Improv
Upgrades to electrical and lighting system.
$6,300

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 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 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