4Culture Grants + Calls

Art Projects

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

Steps to Apply

1 What Art Projects Funds

1 What Art Projects Funds

Artists and arts groups all over King County use Projects grants to create and share their work. This year, Art Projects grants can support your project needs after June 1, 2020 through June 1, 2022.

These competitive grants are offered in the fixed amounts of $2,500, $4,500, $6,500, or $8,500. In 2019, 4Culture awarded $753,500 to 131 Art Projects applicants. View our Awardees page for more details.

A panel comprised of artists and arts workers from throughout King County, with expertise in one or more creative disciplines,reviews all eligible applications. These panels will select projects for funding based on two kinds of criteria: core and choice.


We fund these grants through a competitive process. For this particular grant, the peer panel will carefully evaluate your application using the following:

Core Criteria:

  • Art is the primary component of your project.
  • The budget for your project is feasible and you’ve requested an appropriate amount of funding.
  • You’ve described one or more compelling, feasible public events in King County.
  • Relevant work samples or other documentation that supports your application.
  • Group applicants must demonstrate that they have or will hire artists and/or arts professionals with relevant experience to achieve the project.

Art Projects also gives you the opportunity to let the panel know how you’d like to have your project evaluated. You must select one of the following three Choice Criteria for the panel to use when they review your application: 

Choice Criteria:

  • Sustained value: your project shows a dedication to artistic discipline and form over an extended period of time, has consistent value, or preserves a creative and/or cultural tradition.
  • Community engagement: your project provides an interactive and educational art experience beyond a public presentation, for the general public or a specific community—geographic, ethnic, youth, senior, etc—which is integral to your project.
  • Artistic development: your project deeply explores or expands your discipline, medium, or concepts in new directions, and/or is a departure from your past or current work.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Visitors who stay in hotels and motels in King County pay sales tax. A small part of that tax generates the funds for our grants—our mission is to reinvest those funds into King County communities. Most importantly, in your application you will be asked to state specifically how fellow residents will benefit from the work you do.

2 Are you and your project eligible?

2 Are you and your project eligible?


You can apply for Art Projects as an individual or a group. Please note that you cannot apply in both categories—you must select one.

  • Apply as an individual if you are the sole creator of a project, acting as a curator, or are leading other artists in the creation of your project. In this category, the panel will assess your contribution to the project and your work samples. If selected for an award, you must provide us with your Social Security Number—no fiscal sponsors may be used—to receive payment.
  • Apply as a group if you represent a cooperative, non-profit organization, municipality, or business that creates art projects, or if you are a group of artists who have a history of working together, organized under a group name. In this category, the panel will assess your group’s contribution to your project and project-relevant work samples. You do not need to be a nonprofit, but you must provide an EIN (LLC, S-Corp, General Partnership, Nonprofit, etc.) when you apply—a Social Security Number will not be accepted. If you are awarded a grant, you may then request to reassign your contract to a fiscal sponsor (for example: Allied Arts Foundation or Fractured Atlas). The King County mailing address of the EIN must match the mailing address used on the W9 Form you submit for payment.

You must meet these requirements in order to be considered for Art Projects grant funding:

  • Individuals must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County when you apply through completion of your project.
  • Groups must be a King County organization with a core mission dedicated to the arts. If your group is not an arts organization, you must have a written agreement with an artist or arts group with whom you will collaborate.
  • You may submit only one (1) individual or one (1) group application per year.

In order to be eligible for Art Projects funding you must not:

  • Represent or apply on behalf of a current recipient of 4Culture’s Arts Sustained Support program.
  • Be an individual or group who received a grant through 4Culture’s Art Projects in 2019. These recipients may apply again in 2021.
  • Be a member of an applicant group and also apply as an individual for a group-related project.
  • Have an incomplete project and open Projects grant contract awarded in or prior to 2017.
  • Have a current, open contract for 4Culture’s Sustained Support, Community 4Culture, or Creative Consultancy programs.
  • Be a school, school district, or religious institution.
  • Serve as a current staff, board, or Arts Advisory Committee member of 4Culture.
  • Be a 2020 Art Projects selection panelist.

Your Project

4Culture’s puts public funds to work by using them to support incredible cultural experiences for our community and visitors. In addition to helping you develop your work, your project must offer accessible opportunities for the public.

You may apply to fund the portions of a project that begin after June 1, 2020. The public benefit/project impact portion of your project must be completed by June 1, 2022.

  • Your project may include: the development of new work, the interpretation of existing work, the presentation of new work or a collection of works, support for professional development such as workshops, conferences, and residencies, support for renting or purchasing consumable materials that further your project.
  • Your project may not: be fully produced or funded by a 4Culture Sustained Support organization, with a current, open contract—please contact us if you plan to develop or present your proposed project in partnership with a Sustained Support organization. We do not fund tuition and cost-of-living expenses for matriculated students in any degree program, food, beverages or fundraising expenses, permanent public art projects, including murals, general operating support, or capital construction projects.

Have you considered applying for other 4Culture grants? If your project involves multiple disciplines—preservation, heritage, and/or the arts—you may be eligible to submit it for consideration under more than one 4Culture funding program. In your Art Projects application, you must disclose that you have applied or intend to apply to another 4Culture program for the same or related project. Please contact 4Culture to discuss your application if you think it may be eligible for other possible support from 4Culture.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops provide an opportunity for you to meet staff, learn about the process, ask questions, and meet other artists and arts groups. They are informal and drop-in based—no registration or RSVP required. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen your application!

Tutorial Video

Watch this step-by-step application tutorial video to assist you through the process of creating an account, starting your application, and saving it for later.

Application Guide

Watch this step-by-step application guide video to assist you in the application process.

Sample Application and Personal Feedback

The application must be filled out through the online application portal. You may find it helpful to read Individual and Groups sample applications that successfully received funding, and view last year’s Individual and Group grant recipients on our Awardees page.

Before you begin or after starting your application, you may have questions or need some personalized feedback on an idea. We are available by email and phone to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Heather Dwyer

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4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is March 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions. We will notify you about the status of your application on or before June 1, 2020.

Panel Process

4Culture staff reviews applications to ensure eligibility. A panel of artists and arts professionals, working in various disciplines, then evaluates all eligible applications. The panel, at its discretion, may award less than the requested amount. The composition of the panels changes annually, and will include artists who work in artistic disciplines other than your own—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 you are selected to receive an Art Projects grant, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope of your project and a payment schedule. You will be able to receive 50% of your awarded funds after you have completed your contract documents. You can request your final 50% once you have completed the public benefit that you describe in your application, which will also become part of your contract.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about the legal requirements of grant recipients, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture award.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Once you’ve started your application, you can save by completing the required fields or by using placeholder text. Your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on up until 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

You will need to write about your project idea, past experience, and planning. Additionally, you must submit samples of past or in-process artwork, or other relevant support materials. We strongly recommend assembling these materials before you login and begin your application.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our application portal must provide demographic information for the current year for yourself and, if you are applying as an organization, for your board and staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

Artistic Discipline

You will need to select one of the following artistic disciplines: Dance, Literature, Music, Media, Theater, or Visual Art. This is used for our organizational purposes only—we do not allocate funds based upon discipline. Choose the discipline that is the best match to your project.

Choice Criteria

Please see Step 1: What Art Projects Funds on this page for information on selecting your Choice Criteria.

Project Narrative

There are four sections in the application where you will need to write about your project. These sections should reflect the Choice Criteria you have selected and they include: Project Description, Project Impact, Relevant Expertise/Experience/Accomplishments, and Project Implementation. If awarded, this description will be the basis of your contract; material changes in the proposal that were not evaluated or approved by the panel may not be permitted.

Project Budget

The panel will need to see a simple breakdown of your project expenses and income in the categories provided in the application. You will need to indicate dollar amounts in the categories that best fit your project. In the Project Budget Notes section, we recommend outlining the specific use of the funds you are requesting from 4Culture. These competitive grants are offered in the fixed amounts of $2,500, $4,500, $6,500, or $8,500. Additionally, you may provide details of the items in your budget. The total project expense must equal the total project income. In other words, you must demonstrate that your project is financially feasible.


If you know the name and address of the venue where you plan to present your work, you will need to complete this information. If you don’t know yet, you can skip down to Project Venue Notes to indicate the type of venue(s) you would like to use (park, theater, gallery, library etc.). If you are planning to use more than one venue, indicate that in the Project Venue Notes as well.

Work Sample Description

Please prepare the following information about all of the work samples you submit:

  • Titles (and/or track numbers) of the work(s) submitted in the order in which they are to be reviewed.
  • Date the work(s) were completed or if they are in-progress.
  • Your role (Example: I was the choreographer and director of this project).

If work samples are in the Manuscript Format:
Identify if the sample(s) are complete works, abstracts, excerpts or a group of works.
If work samples are in the Image Format include: medium, dimensions of the artwork(s), and completion date.

You may elect to write a few brief sentences about each work sample.

Work Samples

You should submit samples of past work that best illustrate your qualifications for your project. We will not accept prints, musical scores, brochures, press-clippings or other supplemental materials. Panelists generally review between 50 – 150 applications. To ensure a fair process for all who apply, we must limit the volume and duration of work sample review.

Work sample(s) will be reviewed for a cumulative total of no more than five (5) minutes. You may submit samples of a longer duration, but each application’s work sample(s) will not be evaluated for more than five (5) minutes.

We recommend prioritizing your work sample(s), by limiting your selection to sample(s) that are most relevant—in scope, scale, complexity, and/or subject matter—to your proposed project. Please prepare and submit your work sample(s) in up to two (2) of the required format(s):


Recommended for Music

Maximum of three (3) work samples.

How to Submit

You may submit up to three (3) audio files using SoundCloud. Once you have uploaded your files to SoundCloud that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the SoundCloud URL (e.g. http://soundcloud.com/m-rodriguez/03-m-rodriguez) in your application, in the order in which you would like the files reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other media sharing sites or on personal websites.

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. Images will be presented one at a time during the application review process.

How 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) video-based work samples.

How to Submit

You may submit up to three (3) videos using Vimeo or YouTube. Once you have uploaded video selections that you would like the selection panel to review, indicate the URL (e.g. http://www.vimeo.com/2992575) in your application, in the order in which you would like the videos reviewed. Work samples may not be submitted through other websites. If your video is private, please provide the private video link. Do not select the password protected option.


Recommended for Theater, Literary, Media
You may submit a writing sample, in English, of no more than ten (10) pages (plus one (1) cover page if desired) with a minimum font size of 12 points. Include your name or group name on each page.

How to Submit
Upload in Portable Document Format (.pdf) or Word (.doc) only.