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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:

  • The quality and clarity of your project’s goals, planning, and significance for King County residents and visitors, as well as the quality of your organization’s existing offerings. How will the project enhance your organization’s ability to fulfill its mission?
  • How well-prepared your organization is to develop, administer, and complete the project within the budgetary, logistical, and time constraints described in your application. You must be able to spend funds within 36 months of the award date.
  • Your organization’s financial stability, demonstrated by your operating budget and financial statements, and the qualifications of those who will be involved in the project.
  • Community support for your organization and project, which may include, but is not limited to, community involvement, endorsements, and in-kind or cash donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, or other government sources.

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 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.


    • You must have a legally-constituted and working board of directors, a proven record of providing arts or cultural services, and the ability to sustain operations beyond the completion of facility construction.
    • 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 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 year’s applicants on our Past Grants page


Deb Twersky
206 263.1610

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is February 22, 2016 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 award.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Once you have started your application, you can save after each step and sign out—you’ll be able to work on it 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.

Project budget

Download the 4Culture project budget form. Enter your estimated project costs in the Expenses column, and sources of income for the project in the Income column.

Operating budget

You may use 4Culture’s form, or upload your organization’s own multi-year operating budget that delineates Expenses and Income in the same categories as 4Culture’s form. Please limit to one page budget and one page of notes, Excel or PDF file formats only.

Balance Sheet

You may use 4Culture’s form, or upload your organization’s own balance sheet in the same categories as 4Culture’s form. Please limit to one page, Excel or PDF file formats only.

Board List

Submit a one page list of your organization’s board members, their term limits and affiliations. Word or PDF file formats only.

Program and Event List

Submit a one page list of your organization’s events, programs, and primary activities from the last 12 months. Include date or date range, location, and estimated attendance. Word or PDF file formats only.