4Culture Grants + Calls

Arts Sustained Support

Sustained Support assists with the day-to-day needs of arts organizations over two-year cycles—this reliable, consistent support lets creativity flourish in the places that make King County a cultural hub.

Steps to Apply

1 What Sustained Support Funds

1 What Sustained Support Funds

Arts organizations and Local Arts Agencies all over King County use Sustained Support funding as a modest but dependable building block in their annual budgets. Sustained Support provides operational funding that organizations and agencies receive for the robustness, creativity, and quality of the overall artistic services they provide to King County residents and visitors.

Criteria

We fund all of our grants through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application. For this particular grant, we focus on different criteria depending on what how your organization is structured and what type of work you do. Below we outline all the different types of organizations that can apply, and what we’ll look for—please contact us if you’re unsure of what category you fit into.

In addition to reviewing your application, we will conduct an on-site review of your organization. Professionals from the field and community members provide written reports, which are given to the panelists considering your application. New applicants should contact 4Culture staff right away to set up an on-site visit.

For arts organizations:
  • Clarity and achievement of your organization’s mission and goals.
  • Community impact and support, achieved through a consistent level of programming and accessibility for audiences.
  • Active role of artists in your organization’s mission and activities, and the continuity of artistic, management, and board personnel.
  • Financial accountability as demonstrated through board oversight, audience revenue, and contributed income.
For local arts agencies (LAAs):
  • Quality, scope, diversity, and impact of your annual programming.
  • Commitment of local government through dedicated staff, commission structure, and annual financial investment in cultural programming.
  • Responsiveness to community needs—including diverse populations—through strategic planning, programming, funding, collaboration, technical assistance, convening, and communications.
  • Growth and development of resources, scope, impact, and community participation.

On-Site Reviews

Organizations that apply for our Sustained Support and Cultural Facilities grants are evaluated by teams of on-site reviewers, who attend a scheduled event or open hours and provide written comments for use by grant review panels. Please contact Bret Fetzer at 206 263.1599 for more information about being an on-site reviewer.

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.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?

Sustained Support is available for King County-based non-profit organizations, local arts agencies, municipalities, and tribal governments. We award these funds based on an organization’s overall mission and accomplishments—this grant is not project-based.

The following types of organizations may apply:

Local arts agencies (LAAs) and arts organizations with a 3-year minimum operating history and a record of artistic or cultural accomplishment.

  • LAAs are designated municipal agencies or nonprofit organizations that provide a range of arts services for a specific King County community (for example, the Kent Arts Commission or the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council).
  • Arts organizations are nonprofit entities that provide arts programming to the public and/or that provide services—training, administrative support, technical assistance, and more—to arts professionals (for example, Seattle Art Museum, Annex Theatre, or Washington Lawyers for the Arts).
  • Arts organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) non-profit status may apply, but if they are selected for funding they will need the fiscal sponsorship of another 501(c)(3) “umbrella” organization in order to claim their awards.

3 Helping you succeed

3 Helping you succeed

Workshops

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.

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.

View last cycle’s Arts Sustained Support recipients on our Past Grants page.

Contact

Bret Fetzer
bret.fetzer@4culture.org
(206) 263-1599

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Timeline

The next cycle for this grant will be in the Fall of 2020. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three to four months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions.

Panel Process

We make all of our funding decisions through a panel process, in which a group of peers assesses your application. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not vote or try to influence the outcome. This grant also includes an on-site review component—please contact 4Culture staff to set up an appointment.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your organization for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining a payment schedule.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about what will be required if you are awarded a grant, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture decision.

5 Apply

5 Apply

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.

New For 2019 – Demographic Information

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

For nonprofit organizations:

  • Operating budget, formatted in 4Culture forms.
  • List of programs in the most the most recently completed program year, including the date or date range, number of occurrences, location, and estimated attendance.
  • Board or staff list, with titles.

For Local Arts Agencies:

  • List of staff dedicated to arts programming and the percentage of time allocated.
  • List of commissioners and board members.
  • List of annual arts programming for the most recently completed program year. Include date or date range, number of occurrences, location, and estimated attendance.
  • List of arts program related expenditures and income. The most recently completed cultural plan, if applicable.

Note: Municipalities may submit an application to both Arts and Preservation Sustained Support for the 2019-2020 cycle, if that municipality meets the separate Arts and Preservation funding criteria. All other organizations must choose the one funding program that best fits their mission and goals—either Arts, Heritage or Preservation—and submit only one application for this round.