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. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

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: June 29, 2022.
  • 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 your project meets the goals of your organization’s mission or established needs in the community. 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 planning aligns with professional standards, best practices, or values of the community served. The qualifications of you and your project team—qualifications can be skill, experience, training, or knowledge-based.
  • Feasibility: the ability to complete your project within 24 months and with a realistic timeline. 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.
  • Advancing equity: how clearly the project is led by and serving marginalized communities especially communities that have been disproportionately impacted by structural racism. This is not a requirement for funding.

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.

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?


  • 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 may be eligible 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 Phillips 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 can make a real difference in the success of your application. They’re an opportunity for you to get your questions answered by a 4Culture grant manager and learn from other applicants. All workshops will be held remotely. Please register via the links provided to receive Zoom meeting information. You will need a personal Zoom account in order to attend a workshop. If you are unable to attend, a workshop recording will be available.

Check back six weeks prior to the deadline for workshop schedule.


The total available funding for Heritage projects in 2022 is $250,000. In 2021, 14 projects received funding, totaling $79,688 in support of Heritage projects throughout King County. Awards range from $1,513 to $6,545. Read a sample application that successfully received funding. View a list of last year’s recipients on our Awardees page.

See the Heritage Projects one-pager for quick tips.

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

  • Project Description: describe the heritage content—the people, places, events, themes, and trends—of your project and its historical significance to the community served. What do you propose to do in this project? How did you develop the idea for your project? If your project is multi-phased, please explain which portion of the project you are applying to this grant for.
  • Project Impact and Public Benefit: describe the intended audience for this project, your history working with this intended audience, and impact or goals for your intended audience. Please explain how this project meets the established needs of the community served or align with your organizational or personal mission. 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? In this program, public benefit should be activities that are made available for the enjoyment, education, and expression of King County residents and visitors.
  • Advancing Equity: please explain if the primary goal of this project is to serve historically marginalized peoples or communities in King County, especially communities that have been disproportionately impacted by structural racism?. Will your project be led by and center the community(ies) it serves? If so, how?
  • Relevant Expertise, Experience, and Accomplishments: describe the project team—who will plan, implement, and manage your project. Cite team member’s role on the team and their qualifications including their experiences, skills, and/or knowledge expertise that are necessary to complete the work successfully. How will the project team ensure your project aligns with professional standards, best practices, or values of the community serviced? 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 timeline and a work plan for this project. The work plan could include phases for planning, bidding process, fundraising, publicity, execution, and evaluation of the intended goals identified in Project Impact section. Describe how you determined the appropriate timeline and work plan for this project. Remember, projects funded through this program should be completed within 24 months.
  • Budget: provide the budget for the project. In the notes section, provide a breakdown of how you intend to use the 4Culture funding in the required “notes” section.


Chieko Phillips
(206) 477-6811

Translation and Assistance

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4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for this grant is April 20, 2022 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 June 29, 2022, and you must complete it by June 30, 2024.

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 but does not score applications or try to influence the outcome.

This program implements two practices towards advancing equity. First, there is a question specifically asking if you or your project has a primary focus to center and serve historically marginalized people or communities in King County. The answer to this question will be scored against the Advancing Equity criterion, which holds the same weight as the other three criteria for this program—five points.

Second, applicants that are located within a 4Culture Equity Investment area will receive an 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.

Please contact Chieko Phillips if you have any questions

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’s in the Application?

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 expenses and revenues for the project, and explain how you intend to use the funds you’re requesting from 4Culture in the notes section of Project Budget. The total expenses and revenues must match. In-kinds should match in expenses and revenues.


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.