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.