4Culture Grants + Calls

Art Projects

Art Projects grants fuel the experiences, sights, and sounds that make up the cultural fabric of King County. From screenplays to skywriting—if you are sharing your work with the public, we can help you bring your ideas to life.

Steps to Apply

1What Art Projects Funds

1What Art Projects Funds

Artists and arts groups all over King County use Projects funding to create and share new work, to reimagine past work, to take advantage of learning opportunities, to pay for the material needs that bring their idea to life, and more.


We fund all of our grants through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application. We want to see that you have a good plan behind your project, and that you’re exploring and sharing the arts in a real way.

For this particular grant, we’ll look to see how well your project shows the following:

  • Art is central to the project.
  • You or your group have the experience necessary to accomplish your project.
  • The budget for your project is feasible and you’ve requested an appropriate amount of funding from us.
  • One or more compelling, realistic public events in King County is clearly described.

Art Projects also gives you the opportunity to let us know how you’d like to have your project evaluated.

You’ll select one of the following in your application:

  • Sustained value: shows your long-term dedication to discipline and form, or cultivates your personal voice.
  • Community engagement: your project provides an interactive or educational art experience.
  • Artistic development: your project expands your topic in new directions, is a departure from your past work, or builds your professional skills.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to Washington State stays in a hotel, they pay a Lodging Tax—this is where our funding comes from, and our mission is to put it back into the community. As you work through your application, tell us exactly how your fellow King County residents will be able to enjoy and learn from your work. Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings.
  • Events in the often under-served areas of suburban or rural King County, to low-income, youth and senior groups, individuals with limited physical abilities, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio, or video recordings.

2Are you and your project eligible?

2Are you and your project eligible?


You can apply for Art Projects as an individual or a group.

  • Apply as an individual if you are the sole creator of the project, or if you are leading others in your work. You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County. If you receive funding, you’ll need to provide us with your Social Security number in order to receive payment.
  • Apply as a group if you represent a non-profit organization or business with a core mission dedicated to the arts, or if you are a group of artists with a history of working together. You must be at least 18 years old, a resident of King County, and, if funded, you’ll need to provide us with your Tax ID or EIN in order to receive payment.

Please note that you cannot apply in both categories—we do need you to select one. We do not fund organizations with incomplete 4Culture-funded projects, or organizations that receive funding through our Sustained Support program. Schools, school districts, and religious institutions may not apply for Projects grants.

Your Project

  • 4Culture’s puts public funds to work by using them to support incredible cultural experiences for our community. Your project must offer accessible learning opportunities to the public, as well as aiding you in your work.
  • Art Projects grants do not fund tuition or cost-of-living expenses for matriculated students, food, beverages, fundraising expenses, capital construction projects, or general operating support—check out the rest of our grants if you are looking for this kind of funding. Interested in making public art? Please visit our calls for public artists.
  • We’ll consider your application complete once you’ve filled out all sections, and provided all of our required materials, listed in the Apply section of this page. It’s a good idea to put all of these together before you login and begin your application.

3Helping You Succeed

3Helping You Succeed


Workshops make a huge difference in the success of your application—each year, we find that the strongest applications come from people who have attended a workshop.

View last year’s Individual and Group applicants on our Past Grants page


Individuals: Heather Dwyer
Groups: Doreen Mitchum

4After You Submit

4After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is March 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions. You can start your project—or the portion of your project described in your application—no earlier than June 1, 2017, and you must complete it by June 1, 2019.

Panel Process

We make all of our funding decisions through a panel process, in which a group of peers assesses your application. Artists and arts professionals not working in your particular discipline will evaluate your project—keep this in mind as you craft your application. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not vote or try to influence the outcome.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope of your project and a payment schedule. You’ll receive your funds when once you have completed the public benefit component of your project—that’s why it’s so important to come up with a feasible way to share your project with the public.



Once you’ve started your application, you can save after each step and sign out—your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on up to the deadline. Once you hit “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What We Require

We will not consider your application without the materials listed here. We strongly recommend assembling them before you login and begin your application, and encourage you to call or email us with any questions as you work on these materials.

Work Samples

Use our Work Sample Description Form, or your own one-page work sample description form, submitted as a Word, Excel, or PDF file. With all of your work samples, please include:

  • Titles—including track numbers, if applicable—listed in the order in which you like us to review them.
  • Date your work was completed. If it is in-progress, please note that.
  • Your role in the project.
  • For manuscripts, let us know if it is a complete work, abstract, excerpt, or a group of works.
  • For images, tell us the medium, dimensions of the artwork, and completion date.

  Work Samples

Please use this guide as you prepare and submit your work samples:



Recommended for Music
Maximum of three (3) work samples. Your work will be reviewed for a cumulative total of five (5) minutes maximum.

Ways to submit:

  • Submit audio files using SoundCloud.com. Submissions must be publicly accessible. Indicate the SoundCloud URL in your application, in the order in which you would like the files reviewed. Samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.
  • If you need your audio files to be private, mail in or deliver one (1) CD with audio samples, in the required format. Label the CD clearly with your full name/group name and your discipline (e.g. music). All CDs must be self-executable and ready to play on a portable sound system.


Digital Image

Recommended for Visual
You may submit up to ten (10) JPGs in the order in which you would like them to be reviewed. Images must be under 2 MB, at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, and at least 72 dpi. TIFF and other file formats will not be accepted. File names must use only numbers, letters and underscores. Label your images in the following manner: 01_LastName_FirstInitial. Images will be presented one at a time during the application review process.

Ways to submit:

  • Upload JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed, in the required format.



Recommended for Dance, Theater, Media
You may submit up to three (3) work samples, to be reviewed for a total of five (5) minutes maximum.

Ways to submit:

  • You may submit up to three videos using Vimeo.com. All submissions must be publicly accessible. Once you have uploaded your video, indicate the Vimeo URL in your application, in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites.
  • If you need your video to be private, please mail in or hand deliver one (1) DVD with a maximum of three (3) work samples in the order you would like them to be reviewed. DVDs must be self-executable and if possible, with chapters. DVDs must be clearly labeled with your full name/group name. .MOV, .WMV and other file formats will not be accepted.



Recommended for Theater, Literary, Media
You may submit a writing sample, in English, on white, 8.5×11” paper, of no more than ten (10) pages (plus one (1) cover page) with a minimum font size of 12 points. Include a cover page with your name and title of the work, and label each page with your full name or group name and your discipline (e.g. literary).

Ways to submit:

  • Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only.