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Cultural Facilities

4Culture’s Cultural Facilities grants help organizations acquire, build, or renovate the bricks and mortar buildings that make cultural experiences possible.

Steps to Apply

1 What Cultural Facilities Funds

1 What Cultural Facilities Funds

Cultural Facilities grants provide funding for building, remodeling, and buying specialized space that houses and facilitates cultural work in King County.


We fund all of our grants through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application.

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

  • Quality and qualifications: the thought and reasoning you have put into your project’s planning, and how this facility project will help your organization fulfill its mission.
  • Feasibility: how well-prepared your organization is to develop, administer, and complete the project within the budgetary, logistical, and time constraints described in your application. 4Culture does not provide 100% of a facility project’s cost, so other support must be shown and a reasonable plan and timeline for raising all the funds needed is an essential part of your request. You must be able to start your project within 24 months of the award date. Your organization’s financial stability, demonstrated by the financial information you provide, and the qualifications of those who will be involved in the project.
  • Project impact and public benefit: Community support for your organization and project, which may include community involvement, endorsements, and in-kind services in addition to support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other government sources. The impact of this specific project on your organization and how your community will benefit.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to King County stays in a hotel, they pay sales tax on their lodging—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 and visitors will be able to enjoy and learn from your facility project. Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or cultural experiences in the facility you are requesting funds for.
  • Programs at your facility that focus on often under-served audiences like low-income, youth and senior groups, individuals with limited physical abilities, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Free use of your facility or low-cost rental to other cultural groups.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

Cultural Facilities grants are available to King County-based nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and public agencies with at least a two-year operating history, nonprofit status, and demonstrated long-term control of your physical site.


    • Cultural Facilities grants are available for King County-based, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) arts, heritage, or preservation organizations and public agencies with a primary mission focus on arts, heritage, or preservation.
    • You must have a legally-constituted and working board of directors, a proven two year record of providing arts or cultural services, and the ability to sustain operations after the completion of this facility project.
    • Your organization’s current liabilities can’t be more than 30% of your operating expenses over time.
    • If funded, you’ll be required to provide proof of nonprofit status and a W-9 form, sign a contract that limits 4Culture’s liability, and provide proof of insurance that names 4Culture as additional insured.
    • Your organization must have site control. This can mean property ownership or a long-term lease (10 years minimum or 5 years with an option to renew).
    • This grant is not available to K-12 schools or school districts. Organizations may not apply under another organization’s umbrella.

Your Project

    • This grant funds building, remodeling, and buying facilities—the permanent structure that houses your organization’s activities.
    • If your organization is looking for funding for equipment, we encourage you to check out our Equipment grant. Projects that consist of feasibility studies, general maintenance and repairs, the purchase of consumable items like light bulbs and tools, regular staff salaries, or program expenses are not eligible for Cultural Facilities funding.

3 Helping you succeed

3 Helping you succeed


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


The review process for this grant includes 10 to 15-minute interviews with the Cultural Facilities panel to answer any questions that panelists might have after reading your proposal. The interviews will happen at the 4Culture office and your organization can send one to three representatives who have solid knowledge about the project. We will set the schedule for this process after you have submitted 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.

View previous year’s applicants on our Past Grants page


Heidi Jackson
(206) 263-1616

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is November 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from the 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.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, a 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

You will apply through our online grant portal system. We suggest you make certain you have an active account and that your organization profile is up to date now. You’ll log in and be able to select the Cultural Equipment Application.

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

What We Require

We strongly recommend assembling the following materials before you begin your application so you can cut and paste the information into your application. Feel free to call or email us with any questions as you work on preparing this information in advance.

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.

Project budget

Use our Budget Form in the online application—you only need to fill out the line items that pertain to your project.

Financial Information

Please check your organization’s most recent fiscal year information from your 990 in our grant application portal as part of your organization’s profile. Make certain it is up-to-date! If you have never provided us with this information we want your 3 most recent years.

Activities List

The panel will review your list of events and primary activities from the last 12 months in order to better understand your organization and how it serves the public. Please include location and audience sizes—be as specific as possible. You can cut and paste from a Word document into the application section or enter information directly.

Board List

Submit a list of your organization’s board members, their terms and occupations in this section of the application. You can cut and paste from a Word document or enter information directly.

Balance Sheet

Upload your organization’s most current year-end balance sheet, in whatever format you present it in your financials. Valid document file types are Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, xlsx), and PDF.


You may submit up to 2 pages in PDF format that help to show the panel your project – this is not required, but can help to explain a remodel plan or complex project budget.