4Culture Grants + Calls

Cultural Relief Fund: Individuals

One-time grants of up to $2,000 are available for cultural workers living in King County, WA experiencing emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus and to support their creative responses in this time of crisis. Competitive grant funds are now available through June 15, 2020.

Steps to Apply

1 About the Cultural Relief Fund

1 About the Cultural Relief Fund

UPDATE: In partnership with King County, 4Culture has now committed more than $2 million to support cultural organizations and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which brings the total available for cultural workers to $500,000. These are much needed funds as we’ve seen a significant demand for support from people throughout King County since 4Culture launched this initiative in April.

With this additional support we are carrying forward all eligible applications not funded through our initial opportunity which ran April 1 through May 15. These applications will now remain under consideration until June 15, 2020. There is NO need to reapply. New applications from King County cultural workers will continue to be accepted. If you applied between April 1 and May 15 and you have experienced a significant change in circumstances, you may ask 4Culture staff to withdraw your current application and submit a new application by June 15, 2020.

These grant funds are available for cultural workers who have:

  • Suffered significant financial hardship from the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus OR
  • An innovative idea that shows significant promise in supporting other King County residents significantly impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

You may NOT apply for both emergency and creative response funding. Applicants must be residents of King County, Washington working in one or more of 4Culture’s program areas: arts, heritage, historic preservation, or public art.

You will need to fill out a simple application; the estimated completion time is about 30 minutes. It includes questions about your need for funding due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or an innovative idea that assists other residents of King County in coping with the impact of COVID-19.

For purposes of this application, “cultural worker” will be defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation, paid or unpaid, is or has been within 4Culture’s program areas: arts, heritage, preservation, or public art. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Artists
  • Staff of organizations working in the disciplines of public art, dance, theater, music, media, literature, and the visual arts.
  • Those working in the fields of heritage and historic preservation including, public history, cultural/ethnic heritage, archives, curation, museum (education, interpretation, exhibits), historic restoration, archeology, and research.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Our funding comes from public Lodging Taxes, and our mission is to reinvest these into the community. If awarded funds, you will sign an agreement with 4Culture requiring that you indicate one or more recent (last six months) or future (next six months) cultural contribution to the residents of King County.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Be an individual who can demonstrate current and ongoing work in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation, or public art.
  • Reside full-time in King County, Washington.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Not be enrolled in any degree-seeking program.
  • Not be a 4Culture staff, Advisory Committee, or Board member, or a 4Culture Cultural Relief Fund panelist during the period of review.

All eligible applications will be reviewed using the following selection criteria:

  • Applicant demonstrates a direct financial impact from the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus including but not limited to: loss of income (e.g. wages, gigs, ticket/art/book sales, clients, etc.) or loss of opportunity (e.g. cancellation of a fellowship, residency, performance, screening, reading, exhibition, etc.) OR
  • Applicant articulates a creative idea that shows significant potential or demonstrated impact in supporting King County residents affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus AND
  • Applicant demonstrates a compelling need and use for grant funds AND
  • Applicant identifies one or more recent (last six months) or future (next six months) cultural contributions for the citizens of King County.

A note about equity: applicants who reside outside of Seattle or in a census tract designated as “40% highest need” by the 2018 Community of Opportunity Composite Index will receive priority and, if selected, will be allocated additional consideration in this program. Managed through the Prevention Division of King County Public Health, Communities of Opportunity is a partnership and initiative of the Seattle Foundation and King County. It is used to identify areas in King County experiencing the highest levels of need.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

Translation and Assistance

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。

Sample Application and Personal Support

You must apply online. Sample applications are available for you to review before you start: Emergency Funding and Creative Response.

4Culture offices and gallery are closed due to recommendations from King County Public Health; however, we are working remotely and are available by email and phone to assist you if you may have questions or feel unclear about something. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!


General information and support:
Jackie Mixon
(206) 296-7580
TTY: 711

Heather Dwyer

Melissa Newbill

Megumi Nagata

Brandi Link

Public Art:
Kelly Pajek

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


Once you have determined that you are eligible for the Cultural Relief Fund and have submitted your application, you will receive email notification letting you know whether or not you have received an initial round of funding. All eligible applications will remain under consideration for grant funding until June 15, 2020.

Selection Process

4Culture will facilitate a review process of eligible applications. Reviewers comprised of cultural workers will evaluate and score applications for funding based upon the stated criteria.

Contracts and Payment

If your application is awarded funding, a grant manager will ensure you receive a contract and they will help you access payment.

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. Once you click “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

What’s in the Application?

  • You’ll need to submit your name, contact information, and some demographic information as part of a demographic profile attached to your account. Review panels do not see this information and it will not affect any funding decisions. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to serve all communities in King County.
  • The application requires answering basic questions about you and your work in the cultural field and the communities you work within and/or support.
  • Individuals applying for need-based funds must answer several questions about their losses and other resources being pursued at this time.
  • We anticipate the need for funds being greater than what our limited resources can provide, however we encourage you to request the funds necessary to fairly offset unanticipated expenses. Please indicate your request for support in the amount of $500, $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000.
  • Individuals applying to fund a creative response must answer several questions about their ideas and plan for evaluation.
  • You are encouraged to submit one to four samples of past or in-process projects that demonstrate your work within the cultural field. Accepted formats include up to two URLs for links to videos, audio files, or websites and up to two uploads including text documents or images (2 MB max).