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Hope Corps Now Open

Washington Diamonds Drill Team at the 2017 Muddy Lotus Festival, photo by Jenny Crooks

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is opening a new funding program, Hope Corps, that connects under- and unemployed workers in the creative industries with career opportunities. The application is open now through June 6, 2022.  

Individual artists, creative workers, community groups, and arts and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for Hope Corps funding, ranging from $15,000 – $300,000, for the following project focus areas:

  • Public Health
  • Mental Health and Healing
  • Food Security
  • Media, Journalism and Storytelling
  • Social Connection and Belonging
  • Arts Education

Applications for project concepts should:

  1. Generate career opportunities for the local creative workforce, and
  2. Contribute to the well-being and resiliency of our communities, over the course of either 6 or 12 months. 

Please read the guidelines for full details on Hope Corps. They include eligibility, funding requirements, and evaluation criteria. You can also preview the application here without having to set up a Submittable account.

Unemployment and underemployment have devastated the creative sector. Hope Corps is a work program created to provide economic and social opportunities for Seattle’s extensive creative workforce. The program, somewhat inspired by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration, centers Seattle’s Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and diaspora community and meets civic needs such as public health and food security by employing artists, cultural and creative workers whose ability to work has been disrupted due to COVID-19. 

Workshops about Hope Corps will be held to help you turn in your strongest application: 

Information Sessions 

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 1 – 2 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 23, 2022, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Draft Application Feedback Sessions 

  • Friday, May 27, 2022, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 4 – 6 p.m. 

Hope Corps project concepts could include:  

  • Artists-in-residence at schools, in business districts or neighborhoods  
  • Free performances and arts activations that engage the public  
  • Free art workshops, lessons, or presentations at community gathering places or online  
  • Community dialogue, healing circles, social practice   
  • Capturing current moment in history – audio/visual/written documentation, historical records, community narratives  
  • Creative campaigns or other outputs that address any of the six Hope Corps focus areas  
  • Sustain existing paid or unpaid creative, educational, research, and service work that supports any focus area  

Hope Corps is made possible by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information contact Alex Rose, Hope Corps Project Manager, at (206) 459-6517 or