King County Cultural Relief Fund

As closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19 impact the King County, WA cultural sector, our Cultural Relief Fund will distribute more than $1 million over the coming months.


You'll apply through a simple application that will take about 30 minutes to complete. Applications will be reviewed by a panel weekly and we will notify you within 10 business days about the status of your application. Applications not initially recommended for funding will continue to be considered until the close of this program. For specific deadline dates for organizations or individuals, please reference the guidelines pages below.

If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at hello@4culture.org, 206-296-7580, or TTY 711.

Si usted cree que pueda tener un obstáculo para participar debido a su capacidad limitada de escritura en inglés, discapacidad visual o si desea solicitar asistencia para acceder a esta aplicación, contáctenos en hello@4culture.org, en el (206) 296-7580 o TTY 711.

如需要英语阅读写作协助、因视力障碍或任何残疾而需协助填写或其他说明材料、或需要其他关于申请表格的协助服务,请通过电话(206 296 7580 或 TTY 711)或电邮(hello@4culture.org)与我们联系。


 
 

Response + Resources

Cultural Relief Fund: Individuals

Deadline: Ongoing

Are you a cultural worker living in King County, WA who has been impacted by COVID-19? We may be able to help.
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Cultural Relief Fund: Organizations

Deadline: Ongoing

Are you a King County, WA cultural organization impacted by COVID-19? Get relief.
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Resources

More Lists

Organizations

Funding

    Advice + Advocacy

  • Americans for the Arts

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness (live 5/29/20)

      Thousands of arts groups and self-employed artists received billions of $ in PPP loans; learn about getting these loans forgiven.

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    • Freelance Artist Consortium of Seattle

        A union created by cultural workers from a wide range of disciplines, media, genres, and technicians in and around Seattle.

        Details ›
      • Americans for the Arts

        Office Hours with Nina

        • Deadline:

        Help with navigating the complex web of funding opportunities, federal regulations, and deadlines related to the CARES Act.

        Details ›
      • Business Impact NW and (re)Startup 425

        Business Response Team

          Need one-on-one technical assistance with accessing financial resources? If you’re located on the Puget Sound’s Eastside, we can help!

          Details ›
        • SoCoCulture

          Resource referral consultations in South King County

            Staff listen to your needs with compassion and love for the arts, and help connect you to the right resources.

            Details ›
          • Forecast Public Art

            Pro Bono Consulting

            • Deadline:
            • Eligibility: Artists/admins in the US and Native nations sharing this geography

            A national initiative to support public artists and public art program administrators on a variety of topics.

            Details ›
          • SOAR: Elevating Community Voice

            Resource Needs Survey

              Contact a staff member via the form; they will help connect young adults and families to resources. Google sign-in required.

              Details ›
            • Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

              Cultural Space Rent Relief Offer

                Rent Relief for cultural spaces in Seattle. Advice also available for independent cultural workers.

                Details ›
              • The Vera Project

                COVID-19 Support

                  Fill out this quick survey and we will connect you to the resources and information you need.

                  Details ›
                • Washington Lawyers for the Arts

                  Legal Resources

                    We continue offering legal advice and legal education, to support the work of artists and arts organizations in Washington.

                    Details ›
                  • Seattle Public Library

                    Resource Referral

                      Community Resource Specialists connect patrons to shelter, food, utility assistance, etc. Mon-Thurs from 2pm-5pm. Communityresource@spl.org or 206-386-9852 or this link.

                      Details ›
                    • artnet news

                      Congress’s $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Offers Many Benefits for Artists and Freelancers

                        Self-employed artists, freelancers, and gig-workers can apply for unemployment. Those whose work was directly impacted can apply for emergency assistance.

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                      • CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

                        CARES Act and Steps You Can Take

                          CARES Act provisions for the self-employed. Resources listed for housing costs, car and credit card payments, and health insurance.

                          Details ›
                        • Arts Action Fund

                          Federal Arts Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit and Commercial Arts Organizations and Individual Artists

                            Info on accessing CARES Act funds from the perspective of a nonprofit, governmental agency, commercial company, self-employed artist, and taxpayer.

                            Details ›
                          • Artists + Creatives

                          • Sound Community Bank

                            Check cashing assistance

                              We are cashing CARES Act stimulus checks free of charge, even for non-clients. 

                              Details ›
                            • yəhaw̓

                              Relief Mini-Grants for Indigenous Creatives

                              • Deadline:
                              • Amount: 10 unrestricted grants of $500
                              • Eligibility: Indigenous creatives residing in WA, age 18+

                              The first phase of a series of holistic relief programs we hope to launch regionally then nationally, as funding allows.

                              Details ›
                            • Shade Literary Arts

                              Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

                                Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color.

                                Details ›
                              • Forecast Public Art

                                Adapting in-person arts-based activities in the pandemic

                                  A toolkit for artists, arts organizations, presenting organizations, etc. We will continue developing it based on open-source input from you.

                                  Details ›
                                • Fractured Atlas

                                  PPP Resources for Artists, Freelancers, and Independent Contractors

                                    Congress is finalizing a new aid package, likely to include additional Payment Protection Program funding. It’s important to get ready.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Arts Administrators of Color Network

                                    Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

                                    • Eligibility: BIPOC artists or administrators in financial need

                                    Creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art need our financial support..

                                    Details ›
                                  • NDN Collective

                                    COVID-19 Response Project

                                    • Deadline:
                                    • Eligibility: Tribes and Indigenous-led organizations; Indigenous individuals, artists and entrepreneurs

                                    NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals providing essential services to Indigenous communities.

                                    Details ›
                                  • A coalition of national arts grantmakers

                                    Artist Relief Cycles I-V

                                    • Deadline:
                                    • Amount: $5,000 per individual
                                    • Eligibility: Artists with a sustained commitment to their practice, age 21+

                                    We define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack of or imminent endangerment of essentials (housing, medicine, caretaking, food, etc).

                                    Details ›
                                  • Artist Trust

                                    Artist Trust Relief Fund

                                    • Amount: $500-$5,000 per individual
                                    • Eligibility: Individual artists of all disciplines residing in WA.

                                    This Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Our Community

                                  • One Fair Wage

                                    Emergency Fund

                                    • Eligibility: Service workers struggling amidst the pandemic

                                    We are actively raising money to provide temporary cash gifts to workers as funding becomes available. En Español tambien.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Africatown Community Land Trust

                                    Build Africatown Response Fund

                                    • Amount: $500 (housing security) or $1,000 (small business)
                                    • Eligibility: For individuals' rent, mortgage payments, or small business expenses.

                                    With a particular focus on individuals denied from other forms of relief, and those who contribute meaningfully to our community.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Seattle Sounders and the RAVE Foundation

                                    Seattle Sounders Relief Fund

                                    • Amount: Up to $1000 for individuals; up to $7500 for organizations
                                    • Eligibility: Neighborhoods of SODO, Pioneer Square, and Chinatown-International District.

                                    Supports individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits located near CenturyLink Field, who are impacted by the 2020 MLS season postponement.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Autism and Race

                                    Autistic People of Color Fund

                                    • Amount: $100 - $500 per individual
                                    • Eligibility: Autistic people of color inside and outside the US

                                    The Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment offers one-time microgrants.

                                    Details ›
                                  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

                                    National Direct Financial Assistance

                                      Listed below are national and city/state resources available to restaurant workers during the pandemic.

                                      Details ›
                                    • One Fair Wage

                                      One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

                                      • Eligibility: Service workers, gig economy workers, other hourly workers

                                      Restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers are facing unprecedented economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis. En Español también.

                                      Details ›
                                    • United States Bartenders Guild

                                      USBG Relief and Response

                                      • Amount: $150-$500 per individual
                                      • Eligibility: Residents of the US and its territories.

                                      Open to Bartenders employed as a Bartender within one year of applying, or the spouse or child of a Bartender.

                                      Details ›
                                    • Scholarship Junkies

                                      Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks

                                      • Amount: $500-$1,000 per individual
                                      • Eligibility: Residents of WA.

                                      We provide direct economic support to individuals in our undocumented community whose main stream of income has been disrupted.

                                      Details ›
                                    • Small Businesses

                                    • Sound Community Bank

                                      Check cashing assistance

                                        We are cashing CARES Act stimulus checks free of charge, even for non-clients. 

                                        Details ›
                                      • Africatown Community Land Trust

                                        Build Africatown Response Fund

                                        • Amount: $500 (housing security) or $1,000 (small business)
                                        • Eligibility: For individuals' rent, mortgage payments, or small business expenses.

                                        With a particular focus on individuals denied from other forms of relief, and those who contribute meaningfully to our community.

                                        Details ›
                                      • Lendio

                                        Federal Relief for Small Businesses

                                          Advice on how to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, help with matching to a SBA lender, and other resources.

                                          Details ›
                                        • Amazon

                                          Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund

                                            For small businesses in Bellevue and the South Lake Union/Regrade neighborhoods, so they can continue to keep our community vibrant.

                                            Details ›

                                          Surveys

                                          Events + Webinars

                                          Community

                                          Basic Needs

                                          Donate

                                            Local

                                          • GoFundMe campaign organized by Ryan Dwyer

                                            Fine Dine Front Lines

                                              We stimulate restaurants with business by placing orders of 100 meals, and delivery them to front line workers for free.

                                              Details ›
                                            • GoFundMe campaign organized by Shade Literary Arts

                                              Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

                                                This fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the crisis.

                                                Details ›
                                              • Communities in Schools Renton-Tukwila

                                                COVID-19 Emergency Fund

                                                  This fund addresses the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations; families need food, rental/utility assistance, gas cards, etc.

                                                  Details ›
                                                • Renton Regional Community Foundation

                                                  Response Fund

                                                    This fund provides flexible financial support to organizations in South King County working with some of the most vulnerable communities.

                                                    Details ›
                                                  • Africatown Community Land Trust

                                                    Africatown Fund (Central District, Seattle)

                                                      Your donation will add to our housing assistance fund, so we can continue our impactful community work during this time.

                                                      Details ›
                                                    • Historic Seattle

                                                      Help keep our tenants in their spaces

                                                        We've kept our partners and tenants from losing their homes, offices, or performances spaces; we need help to continue. 

                                                        Details ›
                                                      • GoFundMe Campaign organized by Kirkland Chamber Small Business Relief

                                                        Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund

                                                          This fund aims to provide immediate financial assistance to Kirkland’s hardest hit small businesses and small nonprofits.

                                                          Details ›
                                                        • FreeFunder Campaign organized by Jeannie Rakamnuaykit

                                                          Busker Relief Fund

                                                            Help support the singers, dancers, pianists, magicians and other artists who regularly perform at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

                                                            Details ›
                                                          • Eastside Mutual Aid

                                                            South King County and Eastside Mutual Aid

                                                              Raising funds to support survivors, sick & disabled, immunocompromised, undocumented, black, queer, indigenous, and or people of color.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Emily Gaggia on behalf of CASA Latina

                                                              Day Laborer and Household Worker Relief Fund

                                                              • Eligibility: Casa Latina members and participants.

                                                              100% of your donations go directly to Casa Latina participants and will be distributed over the next few weeks.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Rosario Lopez and 2 others, on behalf of M Mork

                                                              Survival Fund for the People

                                                              • Eligibility: Priority given to those most vulnerable in King County.

                                                              Help fund folks providing grocery/supply deliveries. They expect to also run errands, walk dogs, and provide caregiving and mental/emotional support.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Ijeoma Oluo and 3 others on behalf of LANGSTON

                                                              Seattle Artist Relief Fund

                                                              • Eligibility: Priority may given to artists from systemically economically disadvantaged communities.

                                                              Help support those in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Nate Omdal

                                                              Seattle Music Teachers Fund

                                                              • Eligibility: Teaching musicians in the Seattle area.

                                                              Help support musicians with income lost due to cancelled lessons and other non-performance music work.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Jessica Tousignant and 2 others, on behalf of Wellspring Family Services.

                                                              Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund

                                                              • Eligibility: Priority given to those who are not eligible for unemployment.

                                                              Help support workers in the hospitality industry. Priority given to those who are from marginalized groups within our community.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Guadalupe M.M and 2 others, on behalf of Rent Fund For Undocumented People.

                                                              Relief Fund for Undocumented People

                                                              • Eligibility: Undocumented folks in the Seattle area.

                                                              Help support a fund that is actively reaching out to undocumented communities in Seattle.

                                                              Details ›
                                                            • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Dane Garfield Wilson and 2 others

                                                              Re-bar Family Unite Fundraiser

                                                                Help support Re-bar, an iconic historical alternative theater and underground music nightclub with a focus on LGBTQIA/ QTPOC events.

                                                                Details ›
                                                              • GoFundMe Campaign, organized by Amita Swadhin and 2 others on behalf of Tara Jae

                                                                Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

                                                                • Eligibility: No geographic eligibility restrictions.

                                                                Help support emergency funding for communities disproportionately experiencing a lifelong arc of violence and discrimination.

                                                                Details ›
                                                              • National

                                                              • GoFundMe Campaign organized by the Arts Administrators of Color Network

                                                                Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

                                                                • Eligibility: BIPOC artists or administrators in financial need

                                                                Creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art need our financial support.

                                                                Details ›
                                                              • Dream Warriors

                                                                Indigenous Mutual Aid

                                                                • Eligibility: Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

                                                                Dream Warriors Management advises and assists other Indigenous artists and educators in pursuing their passions. This is their emergency fund.

                                                                Details ›
                                                              • A member of the PPECoalition

                                                                Find the Masks

                                                                  Find where you can donate your masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) in your local area.

                                                                  Details ›
                                                                • Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

                                                                  Emergency Relief Fund

                                                                    Help support funding for individual restaurant workers; nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis; and zero-interest loans for restaurants.

                                                                    Details ›
                                                                  • New Music USA

                                                                    New Music Solidarity Fund

                                                                      Help support an artist-led initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19.

                                                                      Details ›
                                                                    • Artist Relief Tree

                                                                      Relief Fund for Artists

                                                                        As funds land in the account, redistribution to artists in need will occur on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

                                                                        Details ›
                                                                      • Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

                                                                        Fund for Musicians

                                                                          Donor-directed fund for musicians and music industry workers for medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses.

                                                                          Details ›
                                                                        • Musicians Foundation

                                                                          Emergency Aid Grant Program

                                                                          • Eligibility: Professional musicians with 5+ years experience.

                                                                          Please help us support professional musicians during this crisis. Many thousands of performers, educators, and composers have no work. 

                                                                          Details ›
                                                                        • CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

                                                                          COVID-19 Response Fund

                                                                            CERF+ is currently providing funds to artists who require intensive medical attention due to COVID-19.

                                                                            Details ›
                                                                          • Regional

                                                                          • ArtsFund

                                                                            Arts Emergency Relief Fund

                                                                            • Eligibility: Open to nonprofits in ArtsFund's Cultural Partners Network.

                                                                            Help fund grants that help stabilize the cultural sector with immediate relief grants for arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

                                                                            Details ›
                                                                          • Seattle Foundation

                                                                            COVID-19 Response Fund

                                                                            • Eligibility: Award allocation is advised by the Pandemic Community Advisory Group.

                                                                            Help support grants to nonprofits that provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with emergency financial support, healthcare, and childcare.

                                                                            Details ›
                                                                          • Washington

                                                                          • Na'ah Illahee Fund

                                                                            Native Community Crisis Response Fund

                                                                              Immediate and direct assistance for our grantees working to respond to the crisis throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.

                                                                              Details ›
                                                                            • Front and Centered

                                                                              Frontline Response Fund

                                                                                Provides immediate assistance to our grantee grassroots organizations, led by and based in communities of color, throughout WA.

                                                                                Details ›
                                                                              • Big Table

                                                                                Ways to Care as an Individual or Family

                                                                                  Ideas focused on those in the restaurant and hospitality industry because they are among the most vulnerable now.

                                                                                  Details ›
                                                                                • Artist Trust

                                                                                  Artist Trust Relief Fund

                                                                                  • Amount: $500-$5,000 per individual
                                                                                  • Eligibility: Individual artists of all disciplines residing in WA.

                                                                                  This Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.

                                                                                  Details ›