Cultural Equipment
Deadline: May 17, 2017 5pm PST  
Debra Twersky 206 263.1610
Green Stage, 2015 Equipment project Shakespeare in the park

© Green Stage, Shakespeare in the park
2015 Equipment recipient

Cultural institutions depend on specialized equipment, such as stage lights and museum storage shelving, to operate effectively. 4Culture’s annual Cultural Equipment program supports the purchase of fixed assets by organizations or local government cultural agencies. Applicants may request up to 100% of the cost, but must demonstrate community support for the project. Heritage, Arts, and Preservation organizations are eligible for Equipment funding separate from the regular Cultural Facilities program, as are local government agencies. In 2016, 162 organizations requested $1,119,338, and 64 projects received awards ranging from $1,000 to $ 9,000 for a total of $300,800. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH DEMAND FOR THIS FUNDING PROGAM, WE MUST ASK ALL ORGANIZATIONS WHO RECEIVED FUNDS IN 2016 TO SIT OUT THE 2017 PROGRAM.

A portion of Lodging Tax revenues collected in King County provides all of the funding for this program.

Updated Guidelines and Application for 2017 will be posted 6 weeks before the deadline

Who Can Apply

King County nonprofit arts, heritage and preservation organizations and public agencies

Eligible applicants include King County-based:

  • Not-for-profit arts, heritage or preservation organizations
  • Public agencies other than K-12 schools or school districts
  • Recipients of 2016 equipment Grants ARE NOT eligible to apply

Requirements for Applicant Organizations:

  • A legally-constituted and working board of directors
  • The ability to demonstrate a record of artistic, heritage, preservation or cultural service in King County that supports the use of the equipment requested
  • Tax exempt status, preferably 501(c)(3). No contract will be negotiated until after nonprofit status has been confirmed. Contact staff if your organization is not a 501(c)(3)
  • Net current liabilities less than thirty percent of general operating expenses
  • A safe storage place that is not located in a private residence
  • The ability to enter into a contract that requires proof of nonprofit status and a W-9 form; complete an ADA status review; have liability insurance that names 4Culture as additional insured; and provide other information as required by King County statutes.

What Gets Funded

Purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. GRANTS ARE CAPPED AT $10,000. (Need funding for purchase or remodeling? Check out 4Culture's Art, Heritage and Preservation Capital projects funding programs.)

Projects Eligible for Funding:

  • Acquisition of equipment
  • Delivery, Tax and Installation expenses

Cultural Facility Equipment funding may not be used:

  • For design, engineering, purchase or remodeling of a facility
  • For general equipment maintenance or repairs
  • For computer software purchases, annual license fees, or training
  • To purchase consumable items (i.e. light bulbs, small tools)
  • To cover maintenance agreements
  • To pay for items that are purchased before funds are granted
Confused by language we use? Check out our glossary of terms


2017 Application Deadline: May 17, 2017 5pm PST

Projects funded through this program may begin no earlier than July 15, 2016.

How Grants are Made

Review criteria and competitive selection process

Every Grant starts with a competitive selection process that involves panel review and results in a written agreement with 4Culture that calls for you to provide receipts for your purchase, and provide public benefit to the people of King County.

The process takes about 3 months from the application deadline to the time you can be reimbursed for your expenses.

Review Criteria

  • The planning and thought you show in your proposed project and the reasons you are requesting this equipment at this time
  • The equipment's relationship to the your group’s ability to serve your audience or better serve people with disabilities
  • The feasibility of the proposed equipment purchase, installation and use
  • Timeliness of the request and immediacy of need for the proposed equipment
  • Financial stability of the applicant as evidenced by the operating budget and financial statements
  • Qualifications of those who will be involved in implementing the equipment acquisition
  • Your ability to leverage 4Culture's funds to get other support for the project
  • Extent of community support, which may include which may include evidence of community involvement, in-kind or cash
  • Impact of this specific equipment on the organization and its community (which includes geographic, cultural, ethnic, artistic and/or heritage considerations)
  • Frequency of use
  • Potential for the equipment to provide access to cultural experiences for more King County residents and visitors
  • Possibility of collaborative shared use by multiple organizations

The Panel Process

  • Your application will be reviewed by 4Culture staff and peer reviewers from the cultural community in King County who have experience and expertise in one or more aspects of this program.
  • Each panelist receives applications in advance for review. The panel then convenes to evaluate each application and make funding recommendations to 4Culture Advisory Committees.
  • Because of their different areas of focus and geographic diversity, it is not likely that every panelist will be familiar with every organization's work. Keep that prospect in mind as you draft your narrative responses.

This 4Culture program is a very competitive process. Opportunities are available to help applicants prepare good applications:

  • Attend an application preparation workshop
  • Schedule an appointment with staff to discuss your application, and/or review applications from previous years at 4Culture offices.
  • Preview application narrative questions prior to applying.

Requirements and appeals

Learn about the legal requirements of award recipients, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture award here.

Ready to Apply

How to submit your ONLINE application  

STEP 1 - Read all of the above sections
STEP 2 - Gather and prepare your information

All applications are submitting through 4Culture's online grants system. In this section, you will find information on additional materials you need to attach with the online form. At the end of this section, a link will be provided to the online application.

Support Materials

You MUST attach these items to the online application:
Project Budget (Required Upload)
Download the 4Culture project budget form provided here. Enter estimated project costs in the Expenses column. Enter sources of project income in the Income column.

word icon   4Culture Project Budget | Sample Project Budget

Operating Budget (Required Upload)
Submit your organization's operating budget and actual income/expense from the most recently completed year in the format of your choice. A one-page PDF is preferred.

You will also be required to enter a list of board members, activities, and equipment as part of the application.


STEP 3 - Begin your online application

Please make sure you have prepared all documents to be uploaded prior to completing the application. Once you have started the process of applying online, you can save a draft, sign out, and your application will remain saved as a draft. You can then return to your application any time before the deadline to continue working or to make changes by signing in with username and password you created. Once you choose to submit your application to 4Culture, you will still be able to see your application, but you will not be able to make any more changes.

For technical questions about the online application system, contact staff member Bart Cannon at 206 263.1584.

This funding opportunity is currently closed. We will reopen the application for this opportunity at least 6 weeks before the next deadline.

Scheduled Workshops

All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting your application. These free workshops provide you an opportunity to ask questions, understand specific guidelines, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.


There are no scheduled workshops at this time. Check back 6 weeks before the deadline.


What are the number and size of awards made each cycle?

Awards are capped at $10,000. Most awards have ranged from $1,500 to $10,000 over the past 5 years. Generally, around 40% of the projects applying receive some funds.

Do you make partial awards?

Yes. Less than 1/4 of our applicants receive full funding in each cycle; most receive a portion of the funds requested.

If my organization is collaborating with other organizations to share ownership of equipment, can we submit a joint application?

Yes, we encourage creative uses of every single piece of equipment to its fullest potential!

Will 4Culture staff help me with my application?

Yes! Give us a call, send an email, or attend a free workshop. We are happy to answer questions and give pointers. We want to help you submit the best-possible application. Debra Twersky is your primary contact for this program. You can contact Debra Twersky at 206 263.1610.

If my equipment project has been funded once through the Equipment program can I get a second award?

Generally, equipment projects are discreet purchases that can be accomplished in one year. If you do have a major equipment purchase (i.e., theater seats or exhibit cases) you may apply and receive funds more than once, as long as you can demonstrate that your project is moving forward and meeting your goals and timeline.

If I don't currently have secure storage in a business/public location, or I need to apply under the umbrella of another organization could I still be eligible?

Call Deb Twersky to talk about your project if you have questions about our storage requirements or do not have your own 501(c)(3) status.

What if my equipment project is an emergency and cannot wait until the next regular cycle?

4Culture does have an out-of-cycle Emergency program for facilities and equipment. Call Deb Twersky, if you think your project would be eligible for this support.


Organization Project Summary Award
206 ZuluThe Purchase of Audio Recording Equipment$5,000
Arab Center of WashingtonThe purchase of Arabic drums (derbekkehs)for the Arab Center
of Washington
artEASTJewelry Cases for Jewelry Artists Display$1,000
Arts CorpsThe purchase of equipment for our integrated arts residences
and after school classes
BlackPast.orgThe purchase of computers, external disk drive, external
hard drive, and laptop projector for BlackPast
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)The purchase of a flat file and digitizing equipment for the
CoCA Archives Project
DASSdanceStudio Upgrade - Marley Dance Floor$6,500
Delridge Neighborhood Development AssociationThe purchase of A/V hardware, tables, and chairs$3,000
Densho - The Japanese American Legacy ProjectPurchase of Computer Network and Storage Equipment
for Content Digitization
Des Moines Historical SocietyThe Purchase of Computer Equipment$800
Eastside Heritage CenterTechnology Infrastructure Upgrade$3,000
EB Dunn Historic Garden TrustThe Purchase of Garden Equipment$5,000
Enumclaw Youth & Family Services/Auburn Youth ResourcesThe purchase of stage lighting and sound equipment$1,800
Eritrean Association In Greater SeattleThe purchase of a new sound system, stage lighting, and
outdoor lighting for the Eritrean Community Center.
Freehold Theatre Lab StudioThe purchase of computers, installation of new and existing computers, server and phone network for new location.$5,000
Friends of Third Place CommonsThe purchase of a drop-down video screen & sound equipment$3,000
Fulcrum Community CommunicationsThe purchase of low-power FM transmitter equipment for KBFG
(A Northwest Seattle Low Power FM Radio Station).
Highline Historical SocietyThe purchase of shelving to house a large newspaper collection.$5,000
Hollow Earth RadioThe purchase of Low Power FM broadcast equipment$8,000
Jack Straw Cultural CenterShared Server and Internet Access Upgrade$6,500
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WashingtonJCCCW Permanent Data Server Acquisition$5,000
KidsQuest Children's MuseumCeramics Kiln$4,000
Kirkland Arts CenterThe purchase of art storage and transportation equipment$5,000
Luck Ngi Musical ClubThe Purchase of Essential Equipment for Luck Ngi Musical Club Operation$1,900
Maple Valley Creative Arts CouncilThe purchase of adaptive equipment for a special needs program in Music, Theater and Visual Arts$5,000
Momentum Music and Dance AcademyDance Equipment for Burien's Youth at Momentum Dance Ensemble$6,000
Museum of History and IndustryThe purchase of core technology infrastructure$10,000
Music Works NorthwestMusic Works Technology Upgrade Project$5,000
Northwest African American MuseumThe Purchase of Gallery Monitor Displays and a Portable PA System$1,500
Northwest Railway MuseumThe purchase of shelving extension kits for donated SpaceSaver compact rolling shelving units.$5,000
On the BoardsOn the Boards' Stage Intercom System Replacement$5,000
Pacific Northwest Railroad ArchiveInstall Used Mobile Shelving$5,000
Path with ArtThe purchase of 25 beginning professional-level cameras and 1 new computer$10,000
Photographic Center NorthwestThe purchase of digital photography lab equipment$5,000
Pottery NorthwestThe purchase of an electric kiln$7,500
Pratt Fine Arts CenterThe purchase of Annealing Kilns for Pratt Fine Arts Center's Flameworking Studio$9,000
Puget Sound Access dba Carco TheatreCarco Theatre Lighting Package$7,000
Radio DuvallPurchase and installation of capital equipment$6,500
Radost Folk EnsembleThe Purchase of Audio Equipment for Dunava$2,500
Rain City Rock Camp for GirlsThe purchase of storage/transport containers, percussion
equipment, and a Zoom recorder
Richard Hugo HouseThe purchase of laptop workstations$6,000
Ripple Productions/ Cafe NordoThe purchase of 8 channels of wireless microphones including receivers, a soundboard/computer interface, 4 corded micro$5,500
Rosebud Children's Theatre ConservatoryThe purchase of sound & set equipment$5,000
Sand Point Arts and Cultural ExchangeThe purchase of and installation of acoustic treatment materials for new low-power FM radio station in Magnuson Park.$5,000
Seattle Art MuseumSAM Art Conservation Equipment$4,500
Seattle Children's TheatreThe purchase of Hearing Loop equipment$10,000
Seattle JazzEDThe purchase of a portable PA System, including 2 vocal mics, a mixer, speakers, power amp, and stands$2,500
Seattle Public TheaterSeattle Public Theater needs a new light board$5,500
Seattle Repertory TheatreThe Purchase of Automatic Door Operators for Seattle Repertory Theatre$5,000
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts CouncilThe purchase of a point of sale system and new design equipment$2,000
Sixth Day DanceAudio/Visual Equipment Purchase$1,000
Theatre BatteryThe purchase of LED Lighting Instruments and DMX cables for Theatre Battery$3,000
Unified OutreachUnified Outreach Computer Lab and Video Production Studio Upgrade$3,000
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF)The purchase of security cameras, computer hardware, and display equipment for the Sacred Circle Gallery$5,000
University Heights Center for the Community AssociationThe purchase of a Modular Stage$5,000
UWAVE RadioThe purchase of equipment to support LPFM status$5,000
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage AssociationThe Purchase of Scanner, Printer and Computers$2,000
Velocity Dance CenterVelocity Dance Center Equipment Upgrades$1,200
Vera ProjectThe purchase of Silkscreen Studio Teaching Equipment$5,000
Village TheatreThe purchase of hearing loop system for Village Theatre's Francis J. Gaudette Theatre$10,000
Voice of VashonThe purchase of Mobile Community TV Broadcast Package$5,000
Washington State Jewish Historical SocietyThe purchase of an interactive kiosk$1,000
Washington Trust for Historic PreservationThe purchase of a network upgrade for the Stimson-Green Mansion$7,000
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American ExperienceVideo Surveillance System: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage at The Wing$1,300


Organization Project Summary Award
206 ZuluBeats to the Rhyme Mobile Lab$3,000
ACIT SeattleTabla Drums sets for teaching and learning$2,000
ArtEastInformation Technology and Office Upgrade$4,000
Black Diamond Historical SocietyLED Illumination for the museum$1,900
Burke Museum AssociationA/V Equipment for the Current Research Gallery$5,500
Centerstage Theatre Arts ConservatoryLighting Control Board Purchase for Centerstage Theatre$4,500
Chief Seattle ClubDynamic Art Room - Chief Seattle Club$3,000
CIRCC (Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees & Communities of Color)CIRCC Cultural Arts & Civic Engagment Sound Equipment$2,000
City of AuburnDigital Lighting Console for the Auburn Ave Theater$3,500
City of NewcastleStage Tent for Newcastle Community Events$9,000
Classical KING FM 98.1Studio to Transmit (STL) units on Queen Anne Tower$9,000
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy ProjectDigital Content Processing Equipment$9,000
El Centro de la RazaHistoric Art Collection Preservation and Exhibition$3,500
EMP Museum21st Century Tools for STE(A)M Youth Programs$5,000
Evergreen City BalletPerformance Dance Floor$4,000
Flying House ProductionsNew Computer Workstations$4,500
Fremont Abbey Arts CenterAbbey Arts pop up culture kit for all ages $7,200
Friends of Eastside ArtsInductive Loop System$5,000
Friends of KEXPControl Room Equipment for KEXP?s New Home$9,000
Friends of MukaiPublic Program Equipment Proposal$1,000
Friends of Third Place CommonsUpgrading the Commons with Acoustical Curtains$6,000
Gay City Health ProjectGay City Arts Equipment Upgrade 2015$2,500
Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless IdeasHardware for Digital Story Telling$8,000
GreenStage2015 Shakespeare in the Park$3,000
Holocaust Center for HumanityTeaching Trunk Equipment Replacement$4,000
Inter*Im Community Development AssociationHirabayashi Place Heritage Project$9,000
Luck Ngi Musical ClubLuck Ngi Musical Club 77th Anniversary Celebration$1,500
MLK F.A.M.E. Community CenterMLK F.A.M.E. Stage/Auditorium Improvements$8,000
Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the ArtsAccessible Technology Upgrades for visually impaired audience/staff of Mt. Baker$3,000
Museum of FlightMobile microfilm/ microfiche scanning station$8,500
Northwest Art CenterDigital Arts Classroom Creation$4,000
Northwest Film ForumEducation Equipment Upgrades$9,000
Northwest Railway MuseumShelving on tracks$7,000
OneAmericaOneAmerica Low-Power FM Radio Station$8,000
Pat Graney CompanyOffice Computers and Performance Projectors$8,500
Rain City Rock Camp for GirlsComputer and Technology Hardware Acquisition/Upgrade$8,000
Rain City SymphonyRehearsal chairs$1,000
Renton Historical Society Renton History Museum public programs equipment$1,900
River Winds BandRiver Winds Band Percussion Project$9,000
Sand Point Arts and Cultural ExchangeArts and Culture on the Air with Low-Power FM$8,000
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)SANCA Circus Equipment for Youth Classes$7,000
Seattle Architectural FoundationAudio Headsets for Architectural Tours$2,000
Seattle Art MuseumDigital Projector for SAM Films$9,000
Seattle Arts and LecturesA Functional Space for Collaboration$3,500
Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN)Disaster Recovery Equipment$2,700
Seattle Music PartnersProgram Enhancements With Visual Assets$2,000
Seattle OperaStopSaw for Seattle Opera Scenic Studios$3,000
Seattle Pro MusicaNew Copier$4,000
Seattle Repertory TheatreImproving Access for the Hearing Impaired $9,000
SouthEast Effective Development (SEED)Radio Valley Radio: Phase I$8,000
Steamer Virginia V FoundationClass A AIS purchase$3,000
Stroum Jewish Community CenterPower the Stage: Music Monitors & Subwoofers Needed$8,000
Studio East Training for the Performing ArtsStage Lighting Upgrade$5,000
Taproot Theatre CompanyHearing Loop System for the Jewell Mainstage Theatre$9,000
Thistle TheatreSound Equipment Replacement$1,500
University Heights Center for the Community AssociationAV Equipment for Restored Performance Hall$3,800
Voice of VashonCommunity Remote Portable Broadcasting Package$8,000
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American ExperiencePurchase and Install Gallery Lighting in Frank Fujii Youth Space$3,000
Young Shakespeare Workshop16th Century Replica Stage Fight/Fencing Swords$5,000


Organization Project Summary Award
206 Zulu Zulu Jam AV Equipment $4,500
5th Avenue Theatre Association Dimmer System Equipment $2,000
a cappella Joy Choral Risers $2,500
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) Emergency Theatre HVAC Upgrade $7,000
Anunnaki Project AirTrack Acrobatic Tumbling Mat $2,500
ArtEast Ceramic Kiln $2,000
ArtsWest 2014 Gallery Upgrade $1,000
Bellevue Youth Theatre Replacement Piano $1,900
Burien Arts Association Art Gallery Equipment $2,500
Burke Museum Association Oral Histories Database $3,800
Bushwick Book Club Seattle Live Production and Mobile Recording Unit $6,500
Camlann Medieval Association Open Hearth Cooking Equipment $1,000
Center for Wooden Boats Maritime Heritage Equipment $3,000
Center on Contemporary Art Archival Library Equipment $1,000
City of Auburn Arts Commission LED Theater Lighting $4,500
City of Bothell Landmark Preservation Board Bothell Historic Preservation Program $4,800
Classical KING FM 98.1 Offsite File Backup Equipment $2,500
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project Densho Video Interview Editing $3,500
Dunn Gardens Irrigation System Upgrade $4,000
Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle Rhythm Section Production Equipment $1,000
Eastside Heritage Center Office Equipment Upgrade $1,000
Fremont Abbey Arts Center Abbey Arts Pop Up Culture Kit $5,000
Friends of Eastside Arts Lighting Technology Equipment $3,000
Friends of KEXP Digital Library Equipment $2,500
Friends of Mukai Audio and Sound System Equipment $1,000
Friends of Third Place Commons Audio/Visual Equipment Upgrade $3,000
Frye Art Museum Exit Sign Replacement $1,500
Grand Illusion Cinema Digital Projector Upgrade $9,500
Henry Art Gallery Association Inc Sound and Recording Equipment Upgrade $2,000
Highline Historical Society Exhibit Case Equipment $2,500
Historic Seattle Seating Upgrade $1,500
Institute for Community Leadership Multiuse Arts Facility Lighting Equipment $1,000
Issaquah Historical Society Office Network & Server Equipment $3,000
Jack Straw Productions Studio Equipment Upgrade $5,000
Jazz Night School Sound Equipment $2,500
Kirkland Arts Center 2D Studio Equipment $1,500
Kubota Garden Foundation Garden History Preservation $1,500
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Percussion Equipment $8,000
Mt. Si Artist Guild Panel & Lighting Equipment $1,000
Museum of History and Industry Scanner Equipment Upgrade $3,000
Music Works Northwest Piano and Equipment Acquisition $7,000
New City Theater Piano Acquisition and Stage Lighting Upgrade $1,500
Nordic Heritage Museum Special Collection Archive Equipment $1,400
North Bend Downtown Foundation / City of North Bend Lighting and Gallery Equipment $1,500
Northwest African American Museum Gallery Lighting and AV Upgrade $6,200
Northwest Film Forum Filmmaker Equipment Kit $2,500
Northwest Railway Museum Woodworking EquipmentAcquisition $1,250
On the Boards Server & Workstation Replacement $1,000
Pacific Northwest Ballet Office Networking Equipment Upgrade $2,000
Photographic Center Northwest Computer and Digital Projector Acquisition $3,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center Power Hammer Equipment $3,000
Rainier Symphony Percussion Instrument Acquisition $4,000
Ripple Productions New Venue Outfitting $3,000
Rockit Community Arts Sound Equipment Upgrade $2,000
Rosebud Children's Theatre Conservatory Microphone Acquisition $4,000
Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange Magnuson Park Gallery Equipment $2,000
Satori Group Office and AV Equipment $1,200
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) Training and Safety Equipment $2,000
Seattle Architectural Foundation Architectural Display Equipment Upgrade $1,000
Seattle Music Partners Office Computer Acquisition $2,000
Seattle Public Theater Office Equipment Update $3,000
Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council Art Display Equipment for Shoreline Arts Festival $1,500
Ski Museum Audio/Visual Museum Equipment $2,500
Skykomish Historical Society Computer and Portable Display Equipment $4,000
Southwest Seattle Historical Society Office Equipment Upgrade $650
Steamer Virginia V Foundation Public Address System Upgrade $2,000
Stone Soup Theatre Lighting Upgrade for Stone Soup Theatre $950
Stroum Jewish Community Center Digital Audio Board $1,000
Studio East Training for the Performing Arts Touring Sound and Lighting Equipment $1,000
Taproot Theatre Company Kendall Center Acting Studio Equipment Upgrade $2,000
TeenTix (Seattle Center Foundation) Office Equipment Upgrade $2,500
Theater Schmeater Curtain Replacement $5,000
Town Hall Association Town Hall Stage Lighting Upgrade $1,500
Unified Outreach Animation and Video Production Studio Work Station $2,000
Vera Project 2014 Silkscreening Studio Upgrade $1,500
White River Valley Museum Festival Equipment Upgrade $1,700
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Exhibition Vitrine $1,500
Youth Theatre Northwest New Venue Outfitting $2,000


Organization Project Summary Award
ACIT Seattle Tabla Drum sets for teaching and learning $1,500
American Asian Performing Arts Theatre Equipment for American Asian Performing Arts Theatre's New Facility at Bellevue $4,000
Arts Alive! Technology and media upgrade $1,000
ArtsWest Sound System Replacement $5,000
Auburn Symphony Orchestra Auburn Symphony Orchestra Office Equipment $1,500
Bellevue Youth Theatre Additional sound support $1,000
Burke Museum Association Workstations for Exhibit Design $10,000
Bushwick Book Club Seattle Bushwick Book Club Seattle's Mobile Live Sound and Recording Unit $1,500
Chalet Arts Showcase Theater Sound and lighting systems for C.A.S.T. $1,500
City of Des Moines Arts Commission Stage Ramp for ADA Accessibility $5,000
City of Duvall Dougherty Farmstead Security System $2,664
City of Normandy Park Arts Commission Music In The Park $300
City of Renton Municipal Arts Commission Renton's Moving Pictures $9,035
Dunn Gardens Archive Equipment Acquisition $1,900
Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle Earshot Jazz computer equipment $5,264
Eastside Heritage Center Artifact Display Cases $3,000
Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society Acquisition of upgraded event seating $1,232
Gay City Health Project Calamus Auditorium at Gay City $3,500
Grand Illusion Cinema Screen Replacement $772
Highline Historical Society Presentation Equipment $1,000
Historic Seattle Enhancing Light, Sound and Multimedia at Washington Hall $2,000
Historical Society of Federal Way Hertiage Equipment for the Historical Society of Federal Way $3,000
Hokubei Hochi Foundation Equipment for Nagomi Tea House $2,000
KCTS Television, aka "KCTS 9" Equipment to Increase & Enhance On-location Arts Field Production $9,460
Kirkland Arts Center Ceramic Studio Equipment $10,000
Kirkland Performance Center Sound Experience at Kirkland Performance Center $10,000
Luck Ngi Musical Club Purchasing sound equipment and a used backdrop & carpet set $3,500
Museum of Flight Data Storage, Backup & Recovery Project $7,500
Museum of History and Industry Housing the final installment of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo archive at MOHAI's Sophie Frye Bass Library $12,996
Music Works Northwest Instrument Update & Acquisition Project $10,000
Music4Life Highline Music4Life Ukuleles & Other Musical Instruments $4,000
Neely Mansion Association Office/Technology Equipment Project $4,158
New City Theater Theater Seats for 37% Capacity Expansion $5,145
Nordic Heritage Museum Standardized Exhibition Cases for Display at the Nordic Heritage Museum's Current Facility and New Site $3,000
Northwest African American Museum Technology Capacity Improvement $2,000
Northwest Film Forum Classroom Media Upgrade $10,000
Northwest Railway Museum Rehabilitating objects safely $4,974
Northwest Seaport Digitizing a Floating Fleet $6,000
Northwest Stone Sculptors Association Office and Field equipment $1,500
On the Boards Sound System Equipment $4,000
Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive PNRA Scanning Equipment Project $5,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center Digital Projector Project $1,000
Rainier Chorale Acquisition of Choral Shells $7,500
Rainier Valley Historical Society File Server $850
Redmond Historical Society Space, working conditions and programs improvements $2,500
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) SANCA Theatre Update Project $6,500
Seattle Music Partners Acquisition of tablet computers $2,317
Seattle Shakespeare Company Audio Equipment for Wooden O Free Shakespeare in the Parks Program $2,700
Seward Park Clay Studio Replacement of Electric Kilns $9,000
Shunpike Arts Collective Shunpike's 2013 Hardware Update $2,500
SIFF SIFF Film Center Classroom (Projector/Screen) $2,500
Skykomish Historical Society Preparing and Opening our New Museum $11,915
Stone Soup Theatre Office Printer $1,637
Taproot Theatre Company TTC's Expansion: New Seating System $7,500
TeenTix (Seattle Center Foundation) TeenTix Office Technology $2,000
Theatre Puget Sound TPS Performance Venue Equipment Upgrades $2,100
Ukrainian Association of Washington State Digital Piano for Serpanok Chorus $2,500
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association Technology for Today and Tomorrow $1,000
Washington Alliance for Arts Education Office Expansion & Tech Upgrade $3,000


Art Organization Project Summary Award
Anunnaki Project Theater Cabiria Lighting Package $3,000
ArtEast Equipment for Community Ceramic Program $3,000
ArtsWest Lighting Equipment $5,000
Bellevue Arts Museum Outdoor screens for video projection $2,500
Bellevue Youth Theatre Digital Wireless Lavalier System $1,500
Burien Little Theatre Lighting equipment upgrade $2,000
Burke Museum Association Camera upgrades $5,000
Center on Contemporary Art Equipping new center in Georgetown $1,000
Children's Museum Kid-Sized Community Theatre Renovation $3,000
City of Auburn Arts Commiss. Auburn Avenue Theater, Piano, dolly and cover $2,500
Duwamish Tribal Services Duwamish Longhouse Signage Project $3,500
Emerald Ballet Theatre Safe, Secure & Right-size Barres for Dancers $7,000
Evergreen City Ballet Lighting Upgrades Project $3,500
Fremont Arts Council Lighting equipment $1,500
Friends of KEXP KEXP Control Room Monitoring Upgrade $3,000
Frye Art Museum Audio-Visual Equipment $10,000
Gage Academy of Art Studio Equipment upgrade $10,000
Grand Illusion Cinema Grand Illusion Audio Upgrade $2,500
Henry Art Gallery Association New Media equipment $7,500
Hi-Liners Inc Spot Lights for Burien Annex $1,500
Historic Seattle Light and Sound for Washington Hall $10,000
Hollow Earth Radio In-Studio PA System $1,000
Inst. For Commun. Leadership Cultural Productions Video Studio Equipment $2,000
Jack Straw Productions Residency Equipment Upgrade $6,000
James/Janie Washington Fnd. Art Studio Equipment Improvement $1,000
KidsQuest Children's Museum Computer Hardware Upgrade $4,500
Kirkland Arts Center Replacement of Gas Kiln for Ceramics Program $9,000
Mount Baker Community Club Arts Presentation Equipment Package $3,000
Music Works Northwest Technology Capacity Building Project $2,000
New City Theater Final Phase Completion of New Facility $3,000
Nordic Heritage Museum Exhibition Cases $2,000
Northwest Film Forum Computer Upgrades for editing and projection $2,000
Northwest Stone Sculptors Symposiums and Workshops Equipment $2,000
Photographic Center Northwest Studio Lighting and Editing Suite $5,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center Bronze Burn-Out Kiln $7,000
Red Eagle Soaring Digital Storytelling Investment $2,600
Redwood Theatre Redwood Theatre Portable Lighting/Control $1,500
Reel Grrls Reel Grrls Community Media Project $3,000
Satori Group the Satori Lab - chairs for new space at INS $1,500
School of Acro/New Circus Arts SANCA Technology Upgrade $2,000
Seattle Art Museum SAM Conservation Equipment $5,000
Seattle Musical Theatre Cyc Unit lighting $1,500
Seattle Music Partners music instruments $2,500
Seattle Repertory Theatre Purchase of Dye Vat for Costume Shop $3,000
Seattle Seachordsmen Compact Portable Sound System $950
Seattle Shakespeare Company Audio Equipment for Wooden O Touring $2,000
Seattle Youth Symph Orch Celesta Replacement $5,000
Shoreline-LFP Arts Council computer/hanging system $2,500
Shunpike Arts Collective computer hardware $1,500
SIFF SIFF Film Center - Classroom $6,000
Spectrum Dance Theater Studio Equipment upgrade $5,000
Studio East Theater Lighting Equipment $2,000
Talented Youth Computer Upgrades $2,500
Theater Puget Sound TPS Equipment Upgrades $2,000
Theater Schmeater Lighting Inventory Replacements $1,500
Thistle Theatre Updated Lighting System $2,700
Town Hall Association Town Hall AV Package $2,500
UMO Ensemble Free Standing Aerial Rig $2,700
Vashon Allied Arts Audio and Ticket Sales Equipment $2,800
Velocity Dance Center Work Space Project $1,500
Village Theatre Acquisition of new phone system $10,000
WA Ensemble Theatre Lighting, Office, and Sound Equipment Upgrade $1,500
Washington State Arts Alliance Technology Update $1,000
Youth Theatre Northwest Sound, Lighting and Computer equipment $3,500
Academy of Music Northwest Pianos, classroom equipment for new home $5,000
Valley Center Stage Soundproofing Theater Floor/reconstruction $7,500


Art Organization Project Summary Award
ArtEast Art Education Equipment $2,500
Arts Corps Arts Education Equipment $1,600
Arts in Motion Computer Upgrades $2,000
Book-It Repertory Theatre Scene Shop tools and equipment $3,000
Burien Little Theatre Lighting equipment upgrade $2,000
Choir of the Sound Staging Equipment $5,000
City of Des Moines Arts Commission Equipping Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium $5,000
Coyote Central Arts Education Equipment $4,000
Dace's Rock 'n' More Music Academy Arts Education Equipment $2,000
Evergreen City Ballet Dance Studio/Black Box Theatre Equipment $7,500
Federal Way Symphony Multimedia Equipment $3,000
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio Digital Projection Equipment $2,300
Friends of Eastside Arts Lighting and flooring for dance programs $7,000
Friends of Third Place Commons Audio Equipment for 3rd Place Stage $2,600
Hi-Liners Inc Equipment for Burien Annex project $2,000
Historic Seattle Light and Sound for Washington Hall $15,000
Hollow Earth Radio Computer Lab $2,500
Jack Straw Productions New Piano for recording studio use $8,000
KidsQuest Children's Museum Right-sizing & Safety Equipment $3,500
Kirkland Performance Center High Definition projection equipment $10,000
Music Works Northwest Music and Technology classes equipment $3,000
Nordic Heritage Museum Textile Forms for Conservation and Display $5,000
Northwest Folklife Digital recording and computers $4,200
Northwest Girlchoir Education and Outreach Equipment $2,000
On the Boards Audio Equipment $3,000
Pacific Ballroom Dance Business Management System $1,000
Photographic Center Northwest Media equipment for Studio $5,000
Plateau Community Orchestra Enumclaw Community Auditorium Equipment $5,000
Pottery Northwest Kiln Purchase and Upgrade $6,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center New Photo Exposure Unit for Printmaking Studio $5,000
Richard Hugo House Workstation Upgrades $2,000
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) SANCA Theatre equipment $10,000
Seattle Art Museum Casework for SAM's Collection $8,000
Seattle Chamber Music Society New Office Phone System $5,000
Seattle Children's Theater Color Mixing Equipment $5,000
Seattle Musical Theatre Leno Filled Scrim & Rigging $2,500
Seattle Music Partners Additional music instruments $1,500
Seattle Symphony Orchestra Sheet Music & Score Archive-Preservation & Accessibility $2,500
Seattle Theatre Group Audio Equipment for Neptune Theatre $8,000
Seward Park Clay Studio Gas Kiln Rebuild $6,000
Shunpike Arts Collective Computer Equipment $5,000
Studio East Training for the Performing Arts Lighted Building Sign $5,000
Talented Youth Media Production Equipment $5,000
Theatre Off Jackson Sound System Upgrade $4,500
TheFilmSchool Arts Education Equipment $2,500
The Satori Group Sound Support at the Satori Lab $2,000
Three Dollar Bill Cinema Digital Projection Equipment $2,250
Town Hall Association Audio Equipment $2,000
Unified Outreach Equipping a Cartooning and Animation Studio $5,000
Velocity Dance Center Founders Theater Equipment $3,000
Village Theatre Theatrical Lighting Fixtures. $10,000
Washington Ensemble Theatre Lighting, Sound and Office Equipment $2,500


Art Organization Project Summary Award
Balagan Theatre New Theatre Seats $3,000
Burien Little Theatre Sound Equipment Upgrade $3,000
Burke Museum Association Storage cabinets for art collections $15,000
Center on Contemporary Art CoCA Booth at Fremont Sunday Market $500
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas Computer Upgrade $2,000
City of Shoreline Parks, Recreation &
Cultural Services
Pedestals for Shoreline City Hall Gallery $2,500
City of Woodinville Woodinville Arts Enhancement & Promotion Project $6,500
Evergreen City Ballet Black Box Theatre Equipment $12,000
Floating Bridge Press Computer & Printer Modernization $2,000
Fremont Abbey Arts Center Sound, Lighting & Acoustical Improvements $7,000
Gage Academy of Art GAGE 2010 STUDIO IMPROVEMENTS $9,000
KidsQuest Children's Museum Light Up KidsQuest Children's Museum! $3,000
New City Theater New City's New Model:A Laboratory for Independent Artist Creation $10,000
Nordic Heritage Museum Multi-purpose Seating $4,000
Northwest Film Forum Sound Equipment Upgrades $10,000
On the Boards On the Boards Projector Upgrade $5,500
Pacific Northwest Ballet Webcast Access and Performance Recording Completion Project $1,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center Sculpture Studio Safety Upgrade $5,000
Rainier Symphony Rainier Symphony instruments & music stands $4,000
Richard Hugo House Hugo Theater and Cabaret Equipment Upgrades $4,000
School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) Equipment Request $6,000
Seattle Center for Book Arts SCBA's MobileClassroom $4,000
Seattle Musical Theatre Stage Microphones & Distribution Stations $8,000
Seattle Theatre Group STG/Paramount Sound Monitor $6,000
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras SYSO Digital Equipment Upgrade Project $1,000
SecondStory Repertory Theatre Lighting and Projection Equipment $3,000
Shunpike Arts Collective Shunpike's 2010 Technology Upgrade $3,000
SIFF (formerly Cinema Seattle) SIFF Cinema Equipment $4,000
Studio East Training for the Performing Arts Technical theater equipment $8,000
Talented Youth Media Production Equipment Acquisition $7,000
Theatre Off Jackson Light Board Replacement $7,000
Town Hall Association Assisted-Listening & Sound System Enhancements $2,000
University of Washington World Series Meany Theater Projection System $10,000
Vashon Allied Arts Blue Heron Art Center Lighting System Upgrade $5,000
Vashon Park District Vashon Park District Arts Equipment $2,500
Velocity Dance Center Velocity Forever: Equipment for Velocity's New Home $6,000
Vera Project, The 2010 IT Upgrades $1,500
Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation WSAAF programs $1,000
Youth in Focus Photo Equipment for Student Artists $6,000

If you've been approved to receive 4Culture funding.  What now?
Facilities/Equipment funding requires different forms from our other programs. Here's what to expect:


4Culture will send an email notifcation of your award.


In order to be awarded your funds, you must sign a contract with 4Culture. Essentially, 4Culture will contract with you to provide the arts/heritage/preservation services and public benefits described in your application.

In an effort to make our contract process simpler and reduce our impact on the environment, 4Culture will now provide your contract documents electronically.

Once your grant’s Scope of Service and Public Benefit have been developed, 4Culture prepares a contract for your review and signature. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from us through DocuSign. This email will contain a link to your documents, and you can review and electronically sign your contract. You will not be able to make changes to the contract, but if there is an error or you need to request changes, please contact Debra Twersky.

After you have electronically signed your contract, and have returned any requested forms (such as a completed W-9 Form), 4Culture will also electronically sign your contract. Then, DocuSign will automatically e-mail you a signed, digital copy of your contract to keep for your permanent records. You’ll be ready to move ahead with your project.

If we ask for a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COLI): You can request this Certificate from your agent, and it can be e-mail, mailed, or faxed to 4Culture. We require "4Culture, Its Officers, Officials, Employees and Agents" be listed as Additional Insured on the certificate. Contact Debra Twersky if you have questions or problems with the Certificate of Liability Insurance.

Getting Paid

Once your 4Culture contract is signed by both you and 4Culture, your new grant will be listed in your account at under the Manage Awards section along with any prior awards. To be reimbursed for your project expenses, follow the “Request Payment” button link next to the relevant contract and complete the Payment Request form.

You may submit a request for either a partial payment or final payment. It is up to you to track the remaining balance in a grant. You will not see it listed in this system. If you need that information, please contact Deb Twersky.

Provide a brief description of the equipment purchased and how you are using it under the “public benefit” section of the invoice form and provide dates that the items were acquired. That information is the only narrative report you’ll provide.

You must upload these required attachments for a Cultural Equipment invoice:
  • Receipt(s) for all items purchased and any installation or related costs that equal or exceed the total amount you are requesting
  • One or two photographs of the equipment purchased

If you were asked for a W-9 Form and/or were asked to provide a Certificate of Liability naming 4Culture as additional insured when you signed your contract, you should have sent those in already. If you have not done so, you will need to do so before we can make a payment.

Once you have submitted your Payment Request electronically, your program manager is notified by the system – you do not need to email us. He or she will review and approve the invoice, and we will send you a check (usually within 14 days). If any of the forms are filled out incorrectly, we will contact you.


We want you to acknowledge 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax support on brochures, press releases, programs, posters, flyers, advertisements, signage, etc. You can include this logo on project brochures, press releases, programs, posters, flyers, advertisements, signage, etc.

Promote your 4Culture funded project using our Media Kit. Find out what’s required, what you can do and how we can help.

Best Practices

Let us know if we can provide you with any of the following
  • Sample press releases
  • Referrals for other people, places, organizations or services
  • Tips on contacting your legislators and King County Council members. Your elected officials should know that your organization makes an impact!

Stay in touch with us throughout this process

Let us know if your plans change or if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We are proud to support your project and we hope we can assist you in making it a success! If needed, please contact us for help.