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Cultural Producers Recovery Fund

The Cultural Producers Recovery Fund will offer up to $12,000 to eligible cultural producers who have been financially impacted by the pandemic as they recuperate, adapt, and advance their practice.

Steps to Apply

1 About Recovery Funds for Individuals

1 About Recovery Funds for Individuals

The Cultural Producer Recovery Fund is an opportunity for Cultural Producers to recover from some of the significant financial impacts they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cultural and creative sectors are economic and employment drivers. The Washington State creative economy contributed $53.2 billion to the economy in 2019, representing 185,741 cultural workers in Washington, contributing 5% to the Gross State Product each year. Maintaining the viability of the arts and heritage will not only ignite the local economy, but it will support mental health and a sense of community identity.

At the core of this sector are Cultural Producers who have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, experiencing unemployment, the loss of freelance income, and unanticipated expenses. 4Culture believes that funding through this Cultural Producer support program will greatly benefit the economy and social strength of King County’s residents for years to come.

This is our second and final round of American Resource Plan Act (ARPA) grants for Cultural Producers. We’ve streamlined the criteria to make the application process easier. For this round, you do not need to provide personal tax return documents to demonstrate financial loss due to the pandemic.

Individual awards will vary depending on the amount of COVID-19 related cash assistance previously received and whether the applicant resides in a qualified Equity Investment area. The maximum award is $12,000.


Selection Criteria

All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Cultural Producer Recovery Fund peer-panel, who will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant self-certifies they meet the eligibility requirement of Cultural Producer, as defined by 4Culture.
  • Applicant successfully demonstrates a cultural practice, as defined by 4Culture, as evidenced in work samples.

Important Information About Federal Funds

The funds for this grant program were secured by 4Culture through a partnership with King County, a recipient of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding source was created to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families and small businesses that continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?

Please read this section carefully for eligibility information. Those who do not meet all criteria listed will not qualify.

All applicants must qualify as a member of the Cultural Producer class by meeting all of the following criteria:

  • Be an individual who can demonstrate marked work as a Cultural Producer as defined by 4Culture below, in the fields of art, heritage, historic preservation, or public art.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Reside in King County at the time of application.
  • Not be 4Culture staff, Advisory Committee member, Board member, consultant, or a Cultural Producers Recovery Fund panelist during the period of review.
  • Have not knowingly and intentionally committed federal fraud.
  • Experienced one or more of the following COVID-19 impacts since March 2020:
    • Lost a job.
    • Difficulty finding a job.
    • Work or worked in an industry impacted by COVID.
    • Lost housing.
    • Entered a shelter.
    • Difficulty finding permanent housing.
    • Considerations or difficulties associated with COVID-19 which impacted you or your family’s well-being (e.g. physical, mental, worsening of pre-existing conditions).

How We Define “Cultural Producer”

For this application, “Cultural Producer” is defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation, paid or unpaid, is within 4Culture’s program areas: arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art. This may include:

  • Generative and interpretive artists working in the disciplines of public art, dance, theater, music, media, literature, and the visual arts.
  • Sole proprietors of cultural businesses including freelance curators and consultants.
  • Individuals working in the fields of heritage and historic preservation whose primary work involves stewardship, documentation, identification, and interpretation of history and historic spaces including, public history, cultural/ethnic heritage, archives, curation, museum (education, interpretation, exhibits), historic restoration, archeology, and research.

View a sample list of eligible cultural producers in PDF format.

Recipients of previous 4Culture funding—including Cultural Relief—are eligible to apply to this program if all above eligibility requirements are met.

Am I eligible if I applied for the first round of Recovery Funding for Individuals?

Recipients of previous 4Culture funding are eligible to apply to this program if all eligibility requirements are met.

Eligible applicants who previously received funding in the first round of Recovery Fund will have the amount received from the first round subtracted from this round.

Individuals who received a grant of $9,000 or more during the previous round of Recovery Funding are not eligible.

Equity Investments

To combat inequities in its grantmaking, 4Culture engages in the practice of making Equity Investments. This practice involves looking at several indicators of structural inequity and applying that knowledge to the peer review process. In alignment with the federal guidance for this program, 4Culture will provide additional funding to applicants residing in disproportionately impacted areas of King County.

Individual Cultural Producers may qualify for additional funding if they reside in a US Census tract area with a Communities of Opportunity index percentile of 60% or greater. These designated areas are shown in purple on this map:

Firefox users: you may find it easier to view the map using this link.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops allow you to meet program managers, walk through the application, have your questions answered, and hear from other cultural producers in an informal meeting space.

In-person workshops will be work sessions where staff will be available to assist with your questions and help you with your application. Virtual workshops will be information sessions; these require registration through Zoom. Click on the workshop dates below for full details.

Apr 9
Registration required
Apr 15
The Roadhouse
19955 28th Ave S, SeaTac
Apr 17
Registration required
Apr 18
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Apr 22
Registration required
Apr 23
Centro Cultural Mexicano
16300 Redmond Way Suite 100, Redmond
Apr 29
Black River Cultural Arts Center
204 Logan Ave S, Renton

Video Tutorial

Walk through the application with helpful tips from staff.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


The studio where I primarily work is in King County but my home address is in the neighboring county. Do I qualify if I use my studio address?
No, you must have a residential address in King County to qualify.

If I was not a practicing artist in 2020 (but I am now), do I still qualify?
Yes, if you are currently a cultural producer and meet the rest of eligibility requirements, you are eligible to apply.

What will the reviewers be looking for in my work samples? Will the merit of my work increase the chance of me getting funded?
Reviewers will check if the work samples substantiate your narrative about your cultural work, so we advise you to submit work samples that best shows your work as a cultural producer. Merit of work does not increase your chance of getting funded.

If I don’t make much money from my work as a Cultural Producer, am I eligible to apply?
As a Cultural Producer you can apply whether or not you make money from your practice.

What type of cash assistance do I need to report in the application? What about unemployment coverage if I was laid off during the pandemic? Does that count?
That question is trying to determine if you have received any money specifically for COVID relief, that may be a “duplication of benefit” (meaning something was paid for twice), such as our Individual Recovery Fund in 2022. Unemployment checks are not considered COVID relief, so you do not need to include them. Federal stimulus checks are also not considered COVID relief for the purposes of this program.

Will I be required to do a project in order to receive funds?
No. You will not be required to produce work or deliverables as part of the contract if you are awarded funds through this program.

Application Worksheet

As you draft your application, you may choose to work offline in a document. This application worksheet can be used as tool as you work. It includes helpful tips and space to draft your responses. Click to download the worksheet: PDF or Word.


We are available to provide hands-on guidance as you work through your application and will make every effort to ensure equal access to services for all applicants. If you have questions or feel unclear about something, please do not hesitate to contact staff.

Melissa Newbill
(206) 263-1603

Megumi Nagata
(206) 263-3474

Elly Fetter
(206) 848-0068

Translation and Assistance

The guidelines, a detailed explanation of how to apply, and the application are in English. If this is a barrier that stops you from understanding the grant or applying due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or you would like to request assistance to create an application, please contact hello@4culture.org or call (206) 296-7580 or TTY 711, and we will make sure you get the support you need.
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4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

All applications must be submitted by May 8, 2024 at 5:00 pm PDT. If you receive a grant, you will receive a contract that must be signed electronically by all parties before we can issue a payment. We know this can be a confusing process, so we welcome applicants to contact us for assistance at any time. However, we urge everyone to start the process prior to May 8 as the deadline will not be extended for any reason. All applicants will be notified by July 7, 2024.

Selection Process

4Culture will facilitate a review process of all eligible applications. Reviewers comprised of a peer-panel will evaluate and score applications based upon the criteria above.

Requirements, Contracts, and Payment

The funds for this grant program are from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). All ARPA and 4Culture requirements must be strictly enforced. If your application is awarded funding, the staff listed in these guidelines will ensure you receive a contract and will assist you in accessing your payment. Contracts will be issued electronically, and recipients will need to review and sign their contract digitally on a computer, tablet, or phone.

5 Apply

5 Apply

You will apply through our online grant portal system at apply.4culture.org. If you have applied to 4Culture in the past, please make sure your profile is up to date, including your mailing address. If you’ve never applied to 4Culture, you will need to create or request an account before you can access the application. Once you’ve logged in, make sure that you are applying to the correct program by selecting the Cultural Producers Recovery Fund 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’s in the Application?

You are required to answer all questions marked with an asterisk. In addition, 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.

  • This application will require you to provide your name, contact information, demographic information.
  • This application requires answering basic details about your work as a Cultural Producer and impacts from COVID-19.
  • You will be asked to identify the amount, purpose, and provider of any COVID-19 related cash assistance received from other grant programs, arts organizations, or charities (this does not include stimulus checks), including the first round of 4Culture Individual Recovery Fund.
  • You must submit at least one and no more than four samples of past or in-process projects that exemplifies your work as a Cultural Producer. You may provide your work samples as attachments to the application form or as links. Accepted formats include URLs for links to videos, audio files, or websites and uploads including text documents or images. Individual files must be less than 2MB. Accepted upload file types are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, and .gif.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year. You will access the demographic update form through the portal, under “Your Profile” section. You must submit this information by the application deadline—May 8, 2024. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0152 awarded to King County, Washington by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.