Arts & Culture Funds

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CityArtist Projects

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Description Supports research, development and/or presentation of art work by Seattle-based individual artists. Project proposals are accepted from clusters of art forms in alternate years. The next application cycle is open to Literary (except Scriptwriting), Media/Film and Visual artists. Dance, Music and Theater artists may apply in 2016.
Application Opens May 27,2015
Deadline July 22,2015
Eligibility Seattle-based individual artists or groups of individual artists.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Literary reading
Film screening
Visual art exhibit-installation

Civic Partners

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Description Provides funding to support core programs, events and services of arts, heritage and culture organizations in order to create greater impact and access for all Seattle residents and visitors to the arts and cultural opportunities available in the City.
Application Opens May 5,2015
Deadline June 30,2015
Eligibility Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with a minimum three-year history that provide accessible programming serving Seattle residents and visitors.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Event turning the Seattle Streetcar into an art ride with local and international dancers
Discover music family concert with youth listening guides
Live theatre audio-descriptions for blind & visually impaired

Cultural Facilities

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Description Awards one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations for cultural facility projects
Application Opens June 22, 2015
Deadline September 4,2015
Eligibility Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, who have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Creating a new gallery in a cultural facility
Installing a sprung dance floor for a new dance studio
Replacing a theater's leaking roof
Fixing a museum's broken central heating / cooling system

Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA)

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Description Supports groups producing recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community, and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture. $1,200/year for 2-year cycle.
Application Opens August 18,2015
Deadline October 21,2015
Eligibility Neighborhood arts councils and neighborhood groups
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Arts festivals
Cultural celebrations
Music festivals
Film Festivals

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The deadline is May 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the six LPF workshops offered before applying. The workshops are as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 10; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, February 19; 6 – 8 p.m. at Casa Latina 317 17th Ave S – Worker’s Center
  • Tuesday, March 10; 6 – 8 p.m. at High Point Community Center, 6420 34th Ave SW –Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, March 18; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, April 1; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St. –
    Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, April 9; 6 – 8 El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply. Deadlines for applications are February 2, June 1, and October 5, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 8; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 309
  • Wednesday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N – Room 3

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks Fund

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Description Provides funds of up to $1000 to support community members in becoming civically engaged. Projects must demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community and:
  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the community.
  • Demonstrate a community match of volunteer labor, donated professional services or materials, and/or cash.
Deadline None - applications accepted year-round
Eligibility Open to neighborhood and grassroots community groups with annual organizational budgets of less than $25,000.
Funded By Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Project Examples Cultural festivals
Cross-cultural sharing

Smart Ventures

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Description Supports activities that encourage innovation and widen cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not be served by the Office of Arts & Culture's other funding programs. Awards range from $500 to $1,000.
Deadline Monthly
Eligibility Individuals, organizations or neighborhood groups.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Exhibit of East African Artists work.
Oral history project for a local neighborhood.
Collaboration between local and international theatre artists.

Technology Matching Fund (TMF)

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Awards up to $30,000 in matching funds to community projects which increase increase technology literacy, provide access to computers, the internet and other information technologies; and increase civic participation through the use of technology.
Deadline Thursday, March 19, 2015. Workshops will be held February 10th and 12th.
  • Nonprofit organizations located in Seattle serving Seattle residents
  • Ad-hoc groups of residents formed to work on specific projects
  • Community councils, neighborhood associations, or groups of businesses that draws their memberships from commonly recognized geographic neighborhoods
  • Community-based organizations with a majority of its members residing or operating in Seattle and who seek to improve the quality of life for a particular community
Funded By Department of Information Technology Community Technology Program
Project Examples Basic technology skills training for low income and homeless families
After school robotics or STEM program to train youth of color
Computer lab upgrade for senior adults with Internet and Facebook training
Community building project using mobile devices and mapping tools

Work Readiness Arts Program (WRAP)

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Description Provides funding to support programs to partner with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) that train SYVPI youth in arts and work-readiness skills. Programs are led by professional teaching artists.
Application Opens February 17,2015
Deadline April 1,2015
Eligibility Arts and cultural organizations or youth service agencies.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture in Partnership with SYVPI
Project Examples Performing arts academy where youth participate in different artistic, leadership, and technical positions that culminates in a final performance.
Youth create visual arts projects and learn how to market and promote their final exhibit to the public.
Youth write and record their own original music in a collaborative setting and distribute.

Youth Arts Program

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Description Supports out-of-school arts training for Seattle middle/high school teens led by experienced teaching artists in all art forms. Priority targets youth with limited to no access to arts and culture.
Application Opens December 3, 2014
Deadline February 11, 2015
Eligibility Individual artists, arts and cultural organizations, local colleges/universities or youth service agencies.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Traditional Middle Eastern dance after-school classes
Summer visual arts and curatorial training for high school students
Filmmaking lessons for disadvantaged youth