The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture grant program, which has been investing in the arts and cultural community for over 40 years, will see significant changes in 2018 and 2019 as the City transitions to a new online Citywide grant platform. Grant programs will continue to be available including CityArtists Projects, Civic Partners, Arts in Parks, Neighborhood & Community Arts, smART ventures, Youth Arts, and Cultural Facilities Fund.
Investing in a new 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. 2018 will be a year of transition while this new platform is built and grant program staff continue to research and test innovative ideas based on community feedback from underserved and underrepresented community stakeholders.
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 save application materials. ARTS will offer workshops and webinars to help guide you through this process.
For additional information on each program please see below.
|Grant Program||Application Dates||
|Arts in Parks 2019
|Scheduled to open August 2018||
|Civic Partners 2019||Currently funded organizations will have their funding extend through 2019. New organizations interested in 2019 funding will be able to apply in early 2019.
|CityArtist Projects 2019||Scheduled to open May 2018||
|Cultural Facilities Fund 2018||More information available April 2018||
|Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facilities Grant||Ongoing, no changes||Amanda Licorish
|Scheduled to open August 2018||Jenny Crooks
|Youth Arts 2018 – 2019||More information available April 2018||Kristi Woo
|smART Ventures 2018||Ongoing, no changes||
Please let us know additional ways ARTS can help as we navigate these changes with you. As always we welcome your feedback and input.