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Youth Arts Grant Open

Students in the 2017 Jack Straw Blind Youth audio project work on their original song in the studio. Grantee: Jack Straw Cultural Center / Photographer: Sherwin Eng

Applications accepted Jan. 16 – Feb. 27, 2024

Artists, arts and cultural organizations, youth-serving agencies, and degree-granting institutions are invited to apply for the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts grant. The Youth Arts grant supports two years of equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school-aged youth. The deadline to apply is Feb. 27, 2024, 5 p.m. Pacific.

About the Youth Arts Grant

The purpose of the Youth Arts grant is to support individual artists, arts organizations, and social service agencies in providing middle and high school-aged young people with arts and cultural learning opportunities outside of the school day. Led by experienced artists and teaching artists with deep community connections, and with a commitment to creative youth development, Youth Arts disburses a total grant amount of $12,000, distributing $6,000 annually over two years.

A young person with headphones plays a keyboard. A teaching artist appears in the background.
2023-2025 Grantee: Totem Star

Artists and organizations can use these funds for:

  • Artist fees
  • Youth stipends
  • Marketing and promotional fees
  • Project management and personnel costs 
  • Supplies
  • Space
  • Equipment rentals
  • Program-related costs


  • Your projects must take place between September 2024 – August 2025 and September 2025 – August 2026. 
  • You are eligible if you are an individual artist, teaching artist, or if you work for an arts and cultural organization, youth-service agency, or degree-granting institution.  
  • Your programs must be available to middle and high school-aged young people and take place within Seattle city limits.  
  • All artists and teaching artists hired by arts and cultural organizations, youth-service agencies, and degree-granting institutions must have at least one (1) year of experience working with the project age group and arts and cultural forms.  
  • Your projects must reflect the Youth Arts grant priorities and demographics as described above.   

Application Process and Workshops

Applications and proposed projects are evaluated by a community review panel. The panel prioritizes proposals that have a clear approach; applicants with a depth of experience teaching art and creative habits to young people; and experience working with communities across Seattle impacted by structural racism, classism, and/or social disenfranchisement due to gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability.   

The application is submitted ONLINE. For information and assistance with the application, eligibility or online technical support, contact Kristi Woo, Creative Youth Development Project Manager, 206-727-8671.

Info Workshops

Attend an upcoming virtual information or draft application feedback session:

Virtual Information Sessions

Information Session 1 
Monday, Jan. 22, 5 – 6 p.m. (Pacific) 

Information Session 2
Thursday, Feb. 1, 12-1 p.m. (Pacific) 

Virtual Draft Application Feedback Sessions

Draft Review 1 
Monday, Feb. 5, 5 – 6 p.m. (Pacific) 

Draft Review 2
Thursday, Feb. 15, 12 -1 p.m. (Pacific)