4Culture Grants + Calls


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

1What Cultural Equipment Funds

1What Cultural Equipment Funds

Cultural Equipment grants fund the purchase and installation of equipment that can be considered as fixed assets, including computer hardware. Awards are capped at $10,000.


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 of your proposed project, how it contributes to your organization’s mission, and how it contributes to the services your organization provides to King County residents and visitors.
  • The feasibility of your proposed project, demonstrated by the financial stability of your organization shown in your operating budget and financial statements and the qualifications of those who will be involved in the project. The immediacy of need for the proposed equipment, your organization’s ability to leverage 4Culture funds to get more support for the project, and the extent of community support also affect our assessment of the project’s viability.
  • The impact of this specific equipment on the organization and its community including, but not limited to, geographic, cultural, ethnic, artistic or heritage definitions. Frequency of use, geographic location and audience, and possibility of collaborative shared use by multiple organizations are also factors in this criteria.

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.

2Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2Are 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.
    • You must have a legally-constituted board of directors, net current liabilities less than thirty percent of general operating expenses, and 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, complete an ADA status review, and obtain liability insurance that names 4Culture as additional insured.
    • Equipment purchased using these funds must have a safe place for storage that is not a private residence.
    • K-12 schools and school districts and those who have received an equipment or construction award in the previous year are not eligible for this grant.

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, or computer software—computer hardware may be purchased as part of your proposed project.
  • Items purchased before the award of funds.

3Helping You Succeed

3Helping 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


Deb Twersky
206 263.1610

4After You Submit

4After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is May 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions.

Panel Process

The deadline for this grant is May 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining a payment schedule.



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.

Project budget

Use our Budget Form or your own one-page budget form, with the same categories, submitted as a Word, Excel, or PDF file.


Operating budget

Submit your organization’s operating budget and actual income/expense from the most recently completed year. A one-page PDF is preferred

Activities List

Submit a list of your organization’s events and primary activities from the last 12 months, including frequency and audience size. A one-page PDF is preferred.

Board List

Submit a list of your organization’s board members, their terms and affiliations in the preferred file format of PDF or Word.

Itemized list of equipment you wish to purchase

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.