Action Alert: Arts & Culture Funding

September 29, 2020

Relief grants now available for arts and cultural nonprofits

Dear Colleague,

Yesterday, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in coordination with the Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for CARES Relief funding grants for arts and culture nonprofits. 

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including tribal organizations, and fiscally sponsored groups impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for general operating support. No funding match is required.

The deadline to apply is October 23. 

The application takes an estimated 30 minutes to complete.

“The creative sector is an important part of Washington’s economy that’s been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ArtsWA Executive Director Karen Hanan. “We’re grateful that the Department of Commerce has made these funds available for arts and cultural organizations that desperately need help to survive.”

Applications will be evaluated under three main criteria: Financial need, Arts and Cultural Programming, and Communities Served. To ensure geographic distribution, applications will be evaluated by regional panels serving the northwest, southwest, central, and eastern regions of the state.


If you have any questions about the ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grant, please contact: Miguel Guillén ([email protected]), Grants to Organizations Program Manager: 360-252-9970.

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