Cultural Relief Fund Review

In response to the sudden impact of COVID-19 on our community, 4Culture created and ran a Cultural Relief Fund to offer critical support from April 1 to June 15. We received 1,285 applications requesting a total of $3,350,588.

Thanks to additional funds from King County, we were able to distribute $1,905,276 to 566 organizations and cultural workers to all County districts. The grants supported organizations and cultural workers experiencing financial hardship, significant loss of income, and loss of opportunity due to the cancelation of events and programs. To prioritize applicants with the highest levels of need, we distributed additional funding to recipients outside of Seattle or in a census tract designated by King County’s Community of Opportunity Index.

We thank the 17 panelists who reviewed this unprecedented number of applications and helped allocate funds as quickly and equitably as possible.

Individuals

Individuals

Grants were available to King County cultural workers through two options: for emergency financial assistance or for creative responses to the pandemic. In total, $507,500 was awarded to 291 cultural workers.

  • Applicants reported financial losses totalling an stimated $11 million.
  • $1,615,450 was requested from 919 eligible applicants.
  • 253 grants totaling $439,000 provided emergency funds to offset expenses related housing, food, and utilities.
  • 38 awards totaling $68,500 to offset project expenses for innovative responses to support King County communities significantly impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Organizations

Organizations

Grants were available to King County cultural organizations experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. In June, we were able to increase the amounts of all awards to organizations thanks to additional funding from King County. In total, $1.39 million was awarded to 274 organizations.

  • $1.73 million was requested from 366 organizations.
  • Financial hardship was primarily due to lost revenue (59%) and unexpected costs (28%).
  • Impacts on cultural organizations affected over 14,000 staff.
  • At time of applying, organizations indicated that staff layoffs (30%) and loss of space (14%) were imminent, and that cancellation of major events and programs resulted in decrease in revenue which sustained the organization’s operation.