4Culture Grants + Calls

Heritage Professional Development Stipend

Do you want to participate in a conference, workshop series, or skill-building sessions to gain information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches for your professional development and learning? These funds can help you participate, make connections, and learn new skills for your career path in the heritage field. This grant has been cancelled for 2021 to support our COVID-19 response efforts.

Steps to Apply

1 What Heritage Professional Development Stipend Funds

1 What Heritage Professional Development Stipend Funds

The Heritage Professional Development Stipend program provides stipends ranging from $100 to $1,000 to participate in a professional development opportunity. This stipend can be used by individuals seeking to build skills needed in the heritage field or King County-based heritage organizations to provide a training for the staffs, boards, and volunteers. These professional development opportunities must address a need due to COVID-19 pandemic or at least one of 8 Key Findings presented in the King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field.


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

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

  • Research: evidence of research on the cost, the professional development or learning opportunity, and the presenting organization/trainer.
  • Relevance: how well the applicant demonstrates the relevance and immediate usefulness of skills/knowledge learned, how the opportunity is relevant to their career path or the institutional needs or goals.
  • Need/Goal: How clearly the applicant articulates their career goal or need to attend this opportunity, how well the applicant draws connections between the conference/training and Heritage Report or need due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Funding: whether the affiliated institution funds professional development for staff. (Individual applicants only)

You can use this grant to:

  • Pay for the cost of registration and travel to participate in a professional development or learning opportunity related to career maintenance in the heritage field. These programs can take many forms, but might include conferences, workshops, technical assistance programs, training opportunities, demonstrations, and healing opportunities especially for heritage workers engaged with social justice work within the field.
  • Pay for professional consultants, heritage specialists, or staff time if work on the project is outside their regular work duties, materials and consumable supplies used for your project, transportation, and documentation.

This grant may not be used for:

  • Produce a peer-to-peer or collaborative professional development program and learning opportunities for the heritage field. For creating a professional development opportunity, please see Heritage Training Mini-Grant.
  • Production of interpretive or creative projects that directly serve the visitors/audiences of heritage organizations. This would include exhibits, public programs, Pre K-12 educational programming, musical and/or theatrical performances.
  • Major equipment purchases, construction or fabrication projects.
  • General operating support.
  • Elements of projects completed before the awarding of funds.
  • Services or events in which fundraising is the primary purpose.

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. In this program, the growth of heritage professionals is a public benefit, since the King County heritage field will benefit from the work done by informed heritage professionals. In your application, tell us exactly how you will use the information and skills learned so that your fellow King County residents will be able to enjoy and learn from your professional growth.

Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Use the new approach learned from a workshop to documenting and preserving material culture in King County.
  • Utilize the skills gained to address a challenge within the heritage field.

Equity Investments

In order to combat inequities in our grantmaking, 4Culture is introducing Equity Investments. This practice will incorporate indicators of structural inequity into our panel process, including geographic location, income, operating budget, audiences served, and project focus. By prioritizing these factors, we intend to more equitably distribute funds to communities that have historically been excluded from cultural funding.

Each of our grant programs will implement an Equity Investment system tailored to the specific needs of its applicants; please read the After You Submit section of this page for details on how Equity Investments will function for this grant. This organization-wide change—and what we learn about its impact—is an important step towards more equitable funding at 4Culture and throughout the King County cultural sector.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

Please read this section carefully for eligibility information. Please contact 4Culture Heritage staff if you have questions regarding your eligibility.


  • If you are applying as an individual, you must be a King County resident over 18 years old who is, or was in March 2020, a (1) staff member at a heritage organization in King County, (2) board member at a heritage organization in King County, (3) volunteer or intern at a heritage organization in King County, 4) consultant, service provider, or independent historians who primarily works with King County heritage, or (5) student enrolled in a related academic program actively contributing to the King County heritage field in one of the above mentioned ways.
  • If you are applying as an organization, you must be a King County-based nonprofit heritage and historical organizations—museums, archives, public agencies, community associations— that collect, preserve, and share tangible and intangible historical and cultural resources.
  • You cannot have received a Heritage Professional Development Stipend within the past 12-months from your application submission date.
  • If you receive funding, you’ll need to provide us with your Social Security number to receive payment. Organizations, community groups, and public agencies must operate within King County, and will need to provide us with a Tax ID or EIN to receive grant funds.
  • We do not fund K-12 schools or school districts.

Your Project

  • Your proposed project is the participation in the identified professional development or learning opportunity.
  • Your project must happen within 12 months of the award date.
  • It should address a need created by COVID-19 pandemic or at least one of the 8 Key Findings articulated in the King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field.
  • The identified professional development or learning opportunity should demonstrate an understanding of best practices and standards of the heritage field, and appropriate pedagogy to ensure program participants are as engaged as possible. Best practices can be based on skills, experience, or knowledge in the heritage field

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

We provide hands-on guidance to each Heritage Professional Development Stipend applicant as you work through your application. Please contact Megumi Nagata to begin the process.


Megumi Nagata, Heritage Support Specialist
(206) 263-3474

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for Heritage Professional Development Stipend is ongoing until October 31, 2021. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email notification within 3-months.

Equity Investment

4Culture recognizes that where an organization or cultural worker is based or provides its services can affect access to funding and other resources. Many cultural organizations and cultural workers in greater King County have less access to public and private support than those located in Seattle. To take a step towards balancing these disparities, projects located in a 4Culture Equity Investment area will receive additional consideration during the grant evaluation and awards process.

Projects qualify as being in an Equity Investment area by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • The applicant or project site is located outside of the City of Seattle.
  • The project is located Seattle but is also in a 2010 US Census tract area with a Communities of Opportunity index percentile of 60% or greater.

30% of this program budget will be reserved for applicants who are located within a 4Cutlure equity investment area. Any funds reserved for Equity Investment that are remaining after the end of the calendar year will roll over to the next year.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, 4Culture Heritage staff will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope and a payment schedule, which is done by reimbursement.

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

Applying for a Heritage Professional Stipend starts with a conversation between you and a 4Culture Heritage staff member, who will ask you some additional questions to ensure this program is right for you and give you tips on how to complete your application, and send you a link to your the application. All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not.

The application asks four Narrative Questions:

  • Title, date, and location of the professional development opportunity, name of the presenting organization. Please explain how you plan to use the 4Culture funding.
  • Please explain how you chose this professional development opportunity, including the trainer’s qualification (skill, experience, or knowledge-based). What was the process of choosing the opportunity and/or the trainer? Alignment with your institution’s strategic goals is beneficial but not required.
  • Please explain how this opportunity will address new thinking or solutions to one or more key findings of the Heritage Report or a need due to COVID-19. Please explain how this opportunity will impact your career path or professional development of your intended participants.
  • How will you utilize the information, connections, and inspirations you gain from attending this opportunity for your professional goals? For organizations, alignment with your affiliated institution’s strategic goals is a plus but not required.
  • Please explain your current institution’s policy on funding staff’s professional development. This program prioritizes individual without access to support for professional development.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year, for yourself, or if you are applying as an organization, for your board and staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.