Guidelines | Deadline: Ongoing
What is Open 4Culture?
- Open 4Culture is a grant program that reaches people new to 4Culture’s programs by awarding up to $1,500 for arts, historic preservation or King County Heritage projects.
- Projects must provide "public benefit" by offering an arts, heritage or preservation event or presentation that is open and accessible to the public (see Frequently Asked Questions below for an explanation).
- Heritage and preservation applicants and projects may be in Seattle and throughout King County. Open 4Culture funds art projects that are presented outside of Seattle. If you are an artist or arts group from Seattle, and have an art project based in the City of Seattle, see SmART Ventures, a grant offered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
- Open 4Culture project activities must occur after the project has been selected for a grant and a contract has been signed.
WHO Open 4Culture Funds
- Individuals who are 18 years of age or older (or youth with adult representation);
- Arts projects in King County including White Center & Skyway (Unincorporated King County) but outside of Seattle.
- Heritage and Preservation projects based anywhere in King County.
Who Open 4Culture Does NOT Fund
- Artists, Arts Groups and Organizations doing projects in the City of Seattle;
- Individuals, Groups and Organizations who have been funded by 4Culture;
- Individuals who are current staff, board or Advisory Committee member of 4Culture;
- City, County and other public agencies.
When to Apply for Open 4Culture
Open 4Culture has no deadline, but you must submit your application at least six-weeks before your public event/presentation in order for us to process and review your application.
How Projects are Selected:
Applications to Open 4Culture are first reviewed by 4Culture staff for eligibility, accuracy, and completeness. If approved, 4Culture staff then reviews the application based upon the discipline area (arts, heritage or preservation). 4Culture will select and recommend the most highly qualified, eligible projects for funding based on the following criteria:
- The project is created by or for audiences of underserved communities; or offers an innovative approach to the arts, historic preservation or King County heritage.
- The project is accessible and offers public benefit to King County residents.
- The project is feasible and the applicant has demonstrated the ability to accomplish the project.
- The project funding request makes sense. The way 4Culture money will be used is clearly explained in the budget.
Because we have limited funds, we do have a preference for how money from 4Culture is spent within a project. Applying to pay for preferred items will make your application its most competitive. We like to pay for the following (not in preferred order):
- Professional fees (example: appraiser)
- Artist fees (example: musicians and dancers)
- Equipment rental
- Facility rental
- Technical fees (example: sound technician)
Sample Project Ideas
- To pay for the street closure permit, liability insurance and sound equipment rental for a festival to celebrate the history of farming in Carnation.
- To pay three Latino dancers, to present a full-length evening concert, at the American Legion in Kent.
- To hire a historian to work with K-8 students, who will map out a farm that once stood on their school grounds on Vashon, by creating drawings and writing stories about the farm, based on historical research.
- To fund the planning phase of a garden project in a location of significance to the Japanese community in the International District in Seattle.
If selected, applicants must sign a letter of agreement with 4Culture, which may include requirements for insurance, acknowledgement of 4Culture's support and project evaluation and a Social Security Number or Tax Payer ID Number for payment. Generally, you will claim your award after your event/presentation is complete. However, if your event/presentation cannot happen without some advance funds, we can provide 50% of your award before your event/presentation, and 50% after it is complete.
What does "Public Benefit" mean?
Open 4Culture is funded by public taxes, lodging tax revenues collected in King County. Since the program is funded by public dollars, it’s important that your project benefits the public and is accessible to King County residents and tourists. As you think about applying for an Open 4Culture grant, consider what you will offer the public. Here are some examples:
- Free/low cost tickets to one or more project performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, readings, etc.
- Presenting a project-related event in suburban or rural King County.
- Presenting a project-related event to diverse or underserved communities.
- Create free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio or video recordings.
- What do you consider to be an underserved community in King County?
- We consider an underserved community in King County to be groups that may not have equitable access to the arts, King County heritage or historic preservation opportunities.
- My project will take place in Seattle, why can't I apply to Open 4Culture for an art project?
- The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs offers smART ventures, which served as the inspiration for this program. By offering our program for art projects outside of Seattle, we can serve more people and communities with limited funds.
- If I have submitted my project idea to another 4Culture program, may I apply to Open 4Culture?
- You may not receive funding from more than one program of 4Culture for the same project. You may elect to apply to another 4Culture program for the same project, but you will have to choose one award if you are selected as a recipient of more than one program.
- May I apply if I am under the age of 18?
- Yes, but you will need an adult who can sign the contracts and receive the funds on your behalf.
- Can my organization apply for a project, if we receive Sustained Support from 4Culture?
- No, Open 4Culture is for individuals, groups and organizations that are new to 4Culture
- If I've received funding from Open 4Culture may I apply again?
- No. Applicants who have already submitted successful applications are encouraged to seek out other funding opportunities available to them. Open 4Culture is meant to open the door to new applicants to 4Culture. We welcome our Open recipients to apply to our other funding programs.
- What if my art project takes place outside of the Seattle City Limits, but I or my group is based in Seattle?
- If your project will benefit King County residents and visitors in underserved areas of King County, you may still be eligible to apply. Please discuss this with the Coordinator.
- Can I apply to create a permanent artwork, in a public place, outside of Seattle?
- No. Due to engineering and liability concerns, we cannot support permanent public art projects through this program. We may be able to support temporary art works in suburban and rural King County. We also have specific requirements for mural projects. Please discuss this with the Coordinator.
- I'm an artist manager/gallery manager/fiscal sponsor/community service organization, may I apply on behalf of an individual or groups I represent, who meet the eligibility requirements?
- Yes, you may apply on behalf of the individual, group or organization. However, we must have documentation that you are representing the individual, group or organization and, contracts will not be transferred or reassigned, from one party to another after signing. This exception may not be used to circumvent residency requirements.
- Are these funds taxable if I/we receive an award?
- Yes, 4Culture must report all awarded funds to the IRS.
How To Apply for Open 4Culture
You must first contact our Open 4Culture Coordinator, who will ask you some additional questions to ensure this program is right for you and will give you tips on how to complete your application. Then, you will complete a simple Open 4Culture Application and submit it, at least six-weeks prior to your project. All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not.
Contact Us to Get Started
Contact: Melissa Newbill, Open 4Culture Coordinator, 206 263.1603
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|Discover Your Northwest||Go Klondike Legacy Celebration||Seattle||$1,000|
|Duvall Foundation for the Arts||SandBlast Festival of the Arts||Duvall||$1,500|
|Kimberly Ewing||Swing Rock: Snoqualmie River Valley Women in Arts Tour||Snoqualmie||$1,500|
|Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance||After Oso: Can Landslides Be Prevented in Slide-hazard Areas Like Finn Hill?||Kirkland||$1,500|
|Friends of the Ballard Locks||Lake Washington Ship Canal Centennial Commemoration||Seattle||$1,500|
|Friendship Adventures||Friendship Follies||Shoreline||$1,500|
|Iraqi Community Center||Iraqi Art Day||Kent||$1,500|
|Irfan Mirza||Photography Exhibit: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1993||Shoreline||$1,000|
|Jordan Alam||Our Own Reflections: Writing Complex Characters of Color||Seattle||$1,500|
|Joy Hagen||The Trees of the Wood||Sammamish||$1,500|
|Latino Theater Projects||Mariela in the Desert||White Center||$1,500|
|Melissa Ponder||in - dig - e - nize||Auburn||$1,000|
|Merna Hecht||Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project||Tukwila||$1,500|
|Plateau Area Writers' Association||Regional Writer's Conference||Auburn||$800|
|Redmond Association of the Spoken Word||Poets in the Park||Redmond||$500|
|Redmond Chorale||Gloria! Gloria!||Kirkland||$1,500|
|Seattle Chinese Chorus||2015 Annual Concert||Bellevue||$1,500|
|Skyway Solutions||Diversity Makes Us Beautiful mural||Skyway||$1,500|
|Somali Family Safety Task Force||Somali Cultural Arts Afternoon||White Center||$750|
|Technology Access Foundation||Gallery at Back-To-School Barbecue||White Center||$1,500|
|Van Wolfe||VanFest Five||Maple Valley||$1,500|
|Arts for Hearts||"Princess Pastry" Theater Production||Redmond||$1,500.00|
|Arts for Life||Taiwan Folk Song Carnival Concert||Bellevue||$1,500.00|
|Black Dog Arts Coalition||CD Production of Live Performances||Snoqualmie||$1,500.00|
|Bojia, Yadesa||Completion of CD "Yaddi Bojia Featuring Iré"||Shoreline||$1,500.00|
|Btown Beat||Signage for Artwalk||Burien||$1,500.00|
|City Farm Seattle University||Artist-lead temporary mural/signage at CitySoil Farm||Renton||$1,500.00|
|Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington (CCAW)||Cambodian New Year Street Festival||White Center||$1,500.00|
|Datina Folk Ensemble||Performance at Redmond Senior Ctr||Redmond||$1,500.00|
|Decorative Design Salon||Musicians for National Design conference||Union Station||$1,500.00|
|Discover Burien||Dia de Los Muertos||Burien||$1,500.00|
|Earth Pearl Collective||Body Embodied||Seattle||$850.00|
|Friends of the Klondike||Go Klondike Legacy Day||Seattle||$1,500.00|
|Friendship Adventures||Choral and Music Performances||Shoreline||$1,500.00|
|Lutheran Community Services NW||Artwalk||Sea Tac||$1,300.00|
|Mister E Productions||O-Asis: A Night of Middle Eastern Dance and Music||Vashon||$1,500.00|
|Nrityalaya Dance||The Five Great Elements of Hindu Philosophy - 'Pancha Mahabutha'||Kirkland||$1,500.00|
|Para Los Niños||Descubriendo Nuestra Cultura/Discovering our Culture||Burien||$1,500.00|
|Radio Variedad||Annual Festival Performances||Renton||$1,500.00|
|Rong Rong Chinese Folk Choir||Annual concert production||Bellevue||$1,500.00|
|Transition Snoqualmie Valley||4th Annual Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange||Carnation||$1,500.00|
|We-App||Youth Presentation/Performance event||White Center||$1,000.00|
|Williams, Keith||Pictoral history publication of Seattle's Black Community events||Seattle||$1,500.00|
|Cheryll Leo Gwin||Bringing Chinese Master Artists to exhibit/present
in King County
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|Tim Hickey||Tap and Kathak dance jam||Redmond||$1,500|
|Iranian American Community Alliance||Persian Poetry and Music Workshop||Bellevue||$1,000|
|Kubota Garden Foundation||Restoration of finials on bridge||Seattle||$712|
|Yadesa Bojia||Visual art exhibition/education program for Ethiopian community||South Seattle||$1,500|