Since May 2021 when King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council showed their support of our region’s cultural sector in the form of a $9.4 million appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund, we’ve been working to get those dollars to those in our field who need it most via our Recovery Fund. We’re now delighted to share the King County cultural organizations who have received funding!
We approached how to best support cultural organizations through partnerships with King County Creative and the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Our region’s larger organizations were served by King County’s Revive and Thrive program while we funded smaller organizations, and by teaming up with the City of Seattle we were able to offer one application for three separate grants, including our long-standing Sustained Support program. This allowed us to look at the applicant pool holistically, prioritizing organizations that were not eligible for ARPA funds for Sustained Support. All of this helped immeasurably in distributing ARPA funds widely while reducing the application workload for overburdened organizations, and we thank those agencies for their collaboration.
On the applicant side, the requirements and restrictions that come with these federal funds have been significant, and we thank every organization for navigating this process alongside us. We continue to be deeply inspired by the resourcefulness of our sector! As these Recovery Fund dollars head out the door throughout 2022, we invite you to join us in celebrating the cultural organizations who will put them to use creating a vibrant and resilient King County.
In total, we are distributing $5 million of Recovery Funds and $2.95 million Sustained Support dollars to 529 organizations. You can view the full lists of 4Culture awardees here:
Recovery Fund for Organizations
Sustained Support: Preservation
Sustained Support: Heritage
Sustained Support: Arts
Please note: these lists reflect funding for organizations only. We also ran a Recovery Fund grant program for individuals, which will be awarded and announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for more!