4Culture Grants + Calls

Heritage Projects

Through Heritage Projects we support the people and organizations making history relevant and provocative through exhibits, publications, oral histories, and more.

Steps to Apply

1 What Heritage Projects Funds

1 What Heritage Projects Funds

4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program promotes the identification, documentation, exhibition, and interpretation of historic and cultural materials exploring the heritage and historical record in King County, Washington.

You can use this grant to:

  • Create heritage resources including, but not limited to, books, guides, brochures, research projects, digital projects, oral, visual, or audio recordings, museum exhibits and programs, and education curriculum.
  • Produce special events and programs that highlight our region’s heritage including, but not limited to: conferences, workshops, technical assistance programs, apprenticeship or training opportunities, historic walking, cycling, or driving tours, field schools, skill demonstrations, and programs that facilitate collaboration between heritage organizations.
  • Provide opportunities for populations underrepresented in mainstream heritage organizations including people of color, LGBTQ communities, youth, people with disabilities, and gender variant communities to work firsthand with heritage resources.
  • Pay for materials and consumable supplies used for your project, transportation, documentation, and compensation for professional consultants, heritage specialists, trainees, or staff time if work on the project is outside their regular work duties and payment is beyond their regular compensation structure.

You cannot use this grant for:

  • Major equipment purchases, construction or fabrication projects, general operating support, overhead costs and fees, employee benefits or any regular staff salaries (we offer separate grants for these).
  • Elements of your project completed before funds are awarded: April 22, 2020.
  • Projects for which fundraising is the primary purpose, direct marketing or advertising costs, and projects that do not focus on heritage in King County as a foundational element.
  • Support for services and programs to be provided by the King County Landmarks Commission for land use regulation and archaeological resource management purposes, as described in K.C.C. chapter 20.62 (King County Code 4.42.125H).


For this grant, panelists will use the below criteria to score each application:

  • Project impact and public benefit: how well your project helps develop the historical record in King County, its potential to raise the visibility of heritage work, and its ability to increase public access to heritage resources and programs. This might include free performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, or readings, as well as free, electronically accessible materials, including literary publications, audio, or video recordings.
  • Quality and qualifications: how well your project aligns with professional standards and best practices, the qualifications of you and your project team, and how your project meets the goals of your organization’s mission or needs in the community. Qualifications can be skill, experience, training, or knowledge-based.
  • Feasibility: you or your organization’s ability to complete your project within 18 months. This is demonstrated through the qualifications of you and your project team, your budget—including your ability to raise additional funding—and your ability to fund the project on a reimbursement basis.
  • Heritage priorities: how your project preserves endangered heritage resources, addresses neglected aspects of heritage in King County, and provides opportunities for youth, underserved communities, and multicultural audiences.

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?


  • You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County when you apply, through the completion of your project.
  • If you receive funding, you’ll need to provide us with your Social Security number in order 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 in order to receive grant funds.
  • We do not fund K-12 schools, school districts, or religious institutions.

Your Project

  • Must focus primarily on heritage and historical themes in King County through identification, documentation, exhibition and/or interpretation. Heritage and historical themes can include people, memories, places, communities, and events.
  • Must be accessible to and provide public benefit to King County residents and visitors.
  • If your project involves multiple disciplines—heritage, preservation, and/or arts—it might be elibigle for consideration under more than one 4Culture projects funding program. You may request funding for different elements of your project through the separate funding programs, but must disclose in your application what other 4Culture funding you have requested or will request. Contact Chieko to discuss your project’s eligibility before applying.

You can only submit one application for the Heritage Projects program. We’ll consider your application complete once you’ve filled out all sections, and provided all of our required materials, listed in the Apply section of this page. It’s a good idea to put all of these together before you login and begin your application.

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.

Jan 13
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Jan 23
Muckleshoot Library
39917 Auburn Enumclaw Rd SE, Auburn
Jan 27
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle
Feb 6
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Feb 10
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Feb 13
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline
Feb 18
Issaquah Library
10 W Sunset Way, Issaquah
Feb 24
101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle

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.


In 2019, 39 projects received funding, totaling $244,807 in support of Heritage projects throughout King County. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Read a sample application that successfully received funding. View a list of last year’s recipients on our Awardees page.

You can also read through the application questions before getting started:

  • Project Description: Describe what need, problem, or historical question your project will address, and how it was identified. What do you propose to do? How did you determine that your proposed project addresses the need, problem, or historical question effectively? Describe the heritage content (people, places, events, themes, trends) of your project and its historical significance to your community. Why is the proposed project a priority for your organization at this time?
  • Project Impact and Public Benefit: Describe the intended audience and any involvement they had in the project’s inception. Describe your goals for the above identified audience (learning outcomes and visitor/audience experience) for this project. How will you determine if your project achieved the intended goals? How will your project raise the visibility of heritage in King County? What resources, programs, or tangible products will result from project activities? How will you provide public access to resources, programs, or tangible products developed as a result of project activities?
  • Relevant Expertise / Experience / Accomplishments: Describe who will plan, implement, and manage your project? Does the identified project team (staff, project partners, consultants, and volunteers) possess the experience and skills necessary to complete the work successfully? Cite similar project-based work that has been successfully managed and/or administered by the project team. If you are working with heritage or historical record from another culture or community, how are members of that community involved in this project?
  • Project Implementation: Provide a work plan for this project. Please include phases for planning, bidding process, fundraising, publicity, execution, and evaluation of the intended goals identified in Project Impact section. Within each phase, include responsible personnel, major milestones, tasks, outputs, and deadlines. When and in what sequence will the activities take place? What additional financial resources are needed and what are your plans for securing them? Remember, projects funded through this program must be completed within 18 months of the award date.


Chieko Phillips
(206) 477-6811

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is March 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. Most 4Culture grants take approximately three months from application deadline to when we announce our funding decisions. You can start your project—or the portion of your project described in your application—no earlier than April 29 , 2020, and you must complete it by November 1, 2021.

Panel Process

We make all of our funding decisions through a panel process, in which a group of peers working in heritage assesses your application. 4Culture staff facilitates the panel process, but does not score applications or try to influence the outcome.

Contracts and Payment

If we select your project for funding, your grant manager will work with you to create a contract outlining the scope of your project and a payment schedule. You’ll receive your funds once you have completed the public benefit component of your project—that’s why it’s so important to come up with a feasible way to share your project with the public.

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

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.

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year for yourself and, if you are applying as an organization, for your board and paid staff. 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 the budget form embedded in the application to record expected revenues and expenses, and explain what you intend to use the 4Culture request for in the notes section of Project Budget. The total revenues and expenses must match. In-kind should match in revenues and expenses.


You may submit up to three images, estimates, and/or other support documents. Accepted file types are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, and .gif. Individual files must be less than 2 MB. Attachments may include photos, bids, estimates, letters of support, drawings, maps, copies of media coverage, previous research, studies, or reports to help illustrate your proposal.