Current Calls and Funding

Arts in Parks 2022 Grant

Latina women and girls in colorful traditional dress, hold their skirts up, unfurled fans, while an audience sits on the park watching.
Festival CentroAmericano at Westcrest Park, photo by Jenny Crooks

The Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation to increase arts and community events in parks throughout the city. The Arts in Parks Program is an opportunity for the city to invest in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.

This grant supports new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate diversity, build community connections, and activate parks through arts and culture while connecting with communities most impacted by systemic oppression including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color.

Please see the full call for all details.

Eligibility

The Applicant must:

  • Be an individual artist, neighborhood arts council or local community-based group. Organizations and individual artists representing communities most impacted by systemic oppression including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply.
  • Have a Federal Tax ID number and be based in the city of Seattle. Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent.

The Project must:

  • Have a significant arts and culture component,
  • Be free and open to the public,
  • Have insurance,
  • Provide a platform for under-resourced artists and communities,
  • Adhere to Seattle Parks and Recreation's mission statement (see below),
  • And take place in a city of Seattle park between April and November 2022.

See Guidelines for list of preferred parks.

Events taking place in Downtown or City Center Parks or at Playfields and green spaces immediately adjacent to community centers are NOT eligible for this funding. See Guidelines for list of ineligible parks.

Funding

Eligible applicants may request up to $7,800 one-year funding to support direct project expenses in 2022.

Deadline

Wednesday, December1, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific.  Please allow ample time to complete and submit your application; applications will not be accepted after the 5:00pm Pacific deadline. 

Virtual Workshops

Learn more about this opportunity and how to turn in your strongest application. We highly encourage first-time applicants to attend:

Program Information Sessions

Get an overview of the program, what types of projects are funded, and how to fill out the application:

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
12 - 1:30pm
RSVP here

Thursday, October 28, 2021
5:30 - 7pm
RSVP here

Drop-In Sessions

A virtual Q&A session about the application and technical assistance with the new grants system:

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
12 - 1pm
RSVP here

Saturday, November 20, 2021
11am - 12pm
RSVP here

Application

Apply on Fluxx, the City of Seattle's new grant portalIf this is your first time using Fluxx, you will have to create a user profile before you start your application.

Click here for Application Instructions.

Info

For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Jenny Crooks.

Jenny Crooks

Jenny Crooks

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Project Manager
jenny.crooks@seattle.gov

(206) 684-7084

Jenny manages the Neighborhood & Community Arts and smART Ventures programs. She grew up in Maryland, just outside of D.C., and was involved in the arts from an early age. She graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., with a BA in international environmental studies. After returning to D.C. she worked as volunteer coordinator at The Studio Theatre and then as a grants specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. Jenny is also a local theatre artist and enjoys photography and the outdoors.

Jenny also speaks French and Dutch.

Tiny Cultural Space Request for Proposals


A newly constructed tiny cultural space. Very modern looking.


Estelita's Library, photo by Rafael Soldi

Are you a Seattle-based cultural organization or a community group that is interested in owning a tiny cultural space, custom-designed and hand-built for your needs?

Imagine a small but permanent outdoor stage. Or a puppet theater. Or a space for a tea ceremony, or a coffee ceremony. Would you like to launch Seattle’s tiniest art gallery? Or its smallest writers’ residency? Is there an ecological social justice and history-based mini-museum you’ve been hoping to open?

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Finance and Administration, and Sawhorse Revolution, invites local cultural and community organizations to submit proposals for a new (tiny) cultural space.

The new Tiny Cultural Space will be custom designed and built by a youth cohort under professional mentorship with you and your organization as the client. It will be built to your needs and sited on a small piece of City-owned property (a “snippet” property), at a location to be determined by the City of Seattle.

Please read the guidelines for full details.

Eligibility

  • Non-profit arts, culture, and heritage organizations (nonprofits do not need to be 501(c)3’s).
  • Community organizations and associations.
  • Applicants who represent, are led by, or are committed to pursuing equity for people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or other groups that have traditionally been furthest from access to the control of cultural space.

Project applicants must demonstrate a minimum 5-year commitment to the programming and maintenance of the site.

Deadline

Monday, November 1, 2021, 11:59pm Pacific.

Workshops

Guidance on how to submit a strong application:

In-Person Workshop

Masks are required for all participants in this indoor workshop:

Sunday, October 17, 2021; 3pm - 5pm
Sawhorse Revolution
3219 Martin Luther Jr. King Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP here

Virtual Workshop

Thursday, October 21, 2021; 4pm -6pm
RSVP here

Application

Read the full guidelines for this call.

Please email your proposal to matthew.richter@seattle.gov, with the subject “Tiny Cultural Space Proposal."

Info

For questions about this grant or help with the application, please contact Cultural Space Liaison, Matthew Richter.

Matthew Richter

Matthew Richter

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Cultural Space Liaison
matthew.richter@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9955

Matthew joined the office in 2013 as the Cultural Space Liaison, a new position aimed at stabilizing and increasing the number of cultural square feet in Seattle. Matthew is an arts entrepreneur and was the founding director of both the Consolidated Works contemporary arts center and the Rm 608 gallery for visual and performing arts. He comes to the office from Shunpike, where he spent two years building the Storefronts Seattle program. He has served as the Performance Editor of The Stranger and is a nationally published writer. He has created a series of Dinner Theater productions at On the Boards and elsewhere, is an accomplished furniture designer and builder, and has lectured internationally on the state of the arts.

Matthew also speaks French.

Sustained Support + Recovery Funds

A plant shoot with two leaves: Recovery Fund.

Along with 4Culture, we are working with our partners in King County to build new COVID-19 relief programs for the cultural sector, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

There are two funding opportunities:

  1. For organizations with 2019 revenue of OVER $1 million, apply to King County's Revive and Thrive Together, by October 18, 2021.
  2. For organizations with 2019 revenue of $1 million and UNDER, apply to our joint fund with 4Culture by November 5, 2021.

If you are not sure where to apply, please start with our screening tool

Eligible organizations only need to fill out one application to be considered for funding from the following programs:

  • 4Culture 2022 Sustained Support
  • 4Culture Recovery Fund
  • City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Recovery Fund

Eligibility

King County cultural organizations with a minimum 3-year operating history should submit an application. Organizations of all budget sizes will be considered for 2022 Sustained Support.

4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will also consider organizations with 2019 revenue of $1 million or below for Recovery Funds. To receive these funds, you must have experienced a drop in revenue from 2019 to 2020 due to the pandemic.

Please read the guidelines for more details on eligibility and criteria.

Deadline

Friday, November 5, 2021, 5pm Pacific.

Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Virtual Workshops

We know navigating multiple funding opportunities can be confusing and overwhelming. We're here to help. Staff from both 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture will be available to answer all your questions about these funding programs.

Application

Apply on 4Culture's site.

This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

For questions about this grant, please contact Deputy Director, Calandra Childers.

Calandra Childers

Calandra Childers

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Deputy Director
Calandra.Childers@seattle.gov

(206) 684-7306

Calandra Childers oversees the Office’s cultural investments in artists, cultural organizations and the Seattle community through public art commissions, grantmaking, and partnerships with a focus on community development and the equitable allocation of resources. Most recently she oversaw the launch of ARTS at King Street Station, a new 8,000-square-foot free cultural hub, programmed by and for the community. Calandra has two decades of public engagement, communications, and policy experience working with non-profit and government agencies including the cities of Seattle and Renton, Seattle Art Museum, and the Renton Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Whitman College, she volunteers with the King-Snohomish County YWCA and the Rainier Valley Food Bank and enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and dogs.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Applications for ARTS at King Street Station are currently on pause.

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Rick Reyes

Rick Reyes

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Racial Equity Coordinator
rick.reyes@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7177

Rick grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he was actively involved in the arts as a songwriter, musician, and patron. Since moving to Seattle to attend Seattle University, he has worked in the arts with affiliations at Seattle Theatre Group, MoPop, Napster, and Sub Pop. Rick graduated in 2018 with his BA in Public Administration, focusing on Equity, Race, and Public Policy, and Philosophy, specializing in Law, Justice, and Society. Most recently, Rick’s research includes access to creative occupations for youth in the Seattle Public School district, effective methods of art advocacy for public education, and a case study focused on the effect of disaster politics on public education systems. Rick is an avid concertgoer and can probably be found at any number of venues in the Seattle area.


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