4Culture Grants + Calls

Cultural Equipment

Museum shelving, stage lights, ceramic kilns—on their own they may not seem like much, but in the hands of King County’s incredible cultural organizations, they add up to a lot. Our Cultural Equipment grants support those critical needs.

Steps to Apply

1 What Cultural Equipment Funds

1 What Cultural Equipment Funds

Cultural Equipment grants fund the purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. We award these grants in amounts ranging froma minimum of $1,000 to $10,000, and projects often receive partial funding.


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 quality of your proposed project, how carefully it has been planned, how it relates to your organization’s mission, and how central it is to the services your organization provides to King County residents and visitors.
  • Feasibility: Your ability to complete this project and take care of the equipment, demonstrated by the financial stability of your organization shown in your operating financial statements and the expertise of those who will select and maintain the equipment.
  • Project impact: The impact of this specific equipment on your organization and its community, and how the community supports the project and will benefit from its use. We consider your audience in terms of geographic, cultural, ethnic, artistic, and/or heritage definitions. Frequency of use is a factor, and shared use by multiple groups is a plus, but only if it makes sense for all groups.

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 with equipment:

  • Using the equipment we fund to create free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings, or to take care of collections that reflect all of King County’s residents.
  • Use of the equipment in areas of suburban or rural King County, or by low-income, youth and senior groups, individuals with limited physical abilities, recent immigrants, or residents from minority races or ethnicities.
  • Purchasing equipment that broadens your ability to reach individuals with disabilities or makes your programs or facility more accessible to them.
  • Sharing the equipment you purchase with other cultural groups at no cost or low cost.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?


    • Cultural Equipment grants are available for King County-based, tax-exempt, nonprofit arts, heritage, or preservation organizations and public agencies with a primary mission focus on arts, heritage, or preservation.
    • You must have a legally-constituted board of directors, not be running continual deficits in your operating budget, and have the ability to demonstrate a record of offering public benefit and accessibility to the citizens of King County.
    • 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. Any need for waiver of this requirement must be made in advance.
    • Equipment purchased using these funds must have a safe place for storage that is not a private residence.
    • K-12 schools and school districts are not eligible for this grant.
    • Groups who have received an equipment award grant in the previous year are not eligible for this cycle of funding.

Your Project

Cultural Equipment funds may not be used to pay for the following:

  • Design, engineering, purchase, or remodeling of a facility.
  • General equipment maintenance or repairs.
  • Purchase of consumable items such as lightbulbs and small tools.
  • Purchase of computer software—computer hardware may be purchased as part of your proposed project.
  • Items purchased before the award of funds.
  • Fees directed to staff unless their work on the project is outside their regular job duties and payment is above and beyond their regular compensation structure.

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.


View last year’s applicants on our Past Grants page.
Read through a sample application.
Preview the application’s narrative questions.

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.


Deb Twersky

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm PDT. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions.

Panel Process

Every cycle of equipment proposals has a different pool of projects, and every grant is made by a panel consisting of working professionals in the fields we fund, and who represent all parts of King County, sizes of organizations, and different points of view. The Cultural Equipment program is unique because 4Culture funding staff also participate in the panel process. The panel comes together to talk about the proposals and select projects to fund.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, we will notify you after our Advisory Committees and Board give final approval for funding, and your program manager will work out a scope of service contract that reimburses you for your purchases.

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 at apply.4culture.org. 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 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.

Project Budget

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

Operating Budget

You will fill out your organization’s most recent fiscal year operating budget and actual income/expense on our grant application portal as part of your organization’s profile. Check it and make certain it is up-to-date!

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. Any 12 month period is acceptable, and please include frequency and audience sizes – be as specific as possible. You can cut and paste 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 a Word document or enter information directly.

Itemized list of equipment you wish to purchase

This is the only list you will upload. Submit a one page list of the equipment you intend to purchase. You will not be expected to purchase the exact number and models of equipment on the list, but it does serve as the basis for the panel’s evaluation. Word or PDF formats preferred.