4Culture Grants + Calls

Heritage Training Mini-Grants

Do you have an idea for a workshop, lecture, skill-building session, or program that will bring needed information, skills, inspiration, practices, or approaches into the King County heritage field? These funds can help you develop, promote, and execute professional development opportunities. This grant has been cancelled for 2021 to support our COVID-19 response efforts.

Steps to Apply

1 What Heritage Training Mini-Grants Fund

1 What Heritage Training Mini-Grants Fund

The Heritage Training Mini-Grants program awards amounts up to $1,500 for new initiatives undertaken, by individuals or organizations, to develop and stage professional development opportunities for the staffs, boards, and volunteers of King County heritage organizations. These initiatives must align to a need due to COVID-19 pandemic or to at least one of 8 Key Findings presented in the recently-completed King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field.

Criteria

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:

  • Quality and qualifications: how well your project addresses at least one of the eight Key Findings from the King County Heritage Report. Whether your project will primarily serve the workers, board members, and/or volunteers of King County heritage organizations. How well your project promotes and demonstrates professional standards, best practices, and the qualifications of your project team. Qualifications can be skill, experience, training, or knowledge-based.
  • Project impact and public benefit: how well your project demonstrates the potential for participation from individuals/groups from a broad geographic region, its potential to attract a minimum of 15 participants, its potential to foster collaboration between individuals and between groups.
  • Feasibility: you or your organization’s ability to develop and 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.

You can use this grant to:

  • Produce programs that provide peer-to-peer or collaborative professional development and learning opportunities related to cultural workers in the heritage field. These programs can take many forms, but might include lectures, panels, workshop, skill-building sessions, mentorship, technical assistance programs, apprenticeship, training opportunities, demonstrations.
  • Pay for professional consultants, heritage specialists, or compensation for trainees, 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:

  • Paying for trainings or workshops where the opportunity is open only to one organization, such as board training for a specific organization. Please consider applying to Heritage Professional Development Stipend Program.
  • 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. 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.

Creating a space for collaboration is at the center of this program. Please note that 4Culture Heritage staff is available to assist with making connections with potential collaborators and marketing the opportunities created through this funding program. If you have concerns about making connections or reaching participants, please contact 4Culture Heritage staff.

Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Partnering or collaborating with multiple organizations or groups.
  • Staging or holding your event/program at multiple sites in King County.
  • Staging or holding your event/program online.
  • Staging or holding your event/program afterhours or on weekends to promote greater participation.
  • Making your event/project free to participants.
  • 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?

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

You

  • If you are applying as an individual, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of King County when you apply, and through the completion of your project.
  • 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 may apply for a Heritage Training Mini-grant.
  • You cannot have received a Heritage Training Mini-grant 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 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 or school districts.

Your Project

  • Your proposed project must focus on the creation of new professional development opportunities for the staffs, boards, and/or volunteers of King County Heritage organizations. See above section “What Heritage Training Mini-grants fund” for details.
  • 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.
  • Your project 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.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

We provide hands-on guidance to each Heritage Training Mini-Grant applicant as you work through your application. We strongly encourage you to contact Megumi Nagata before starting an application.

Contact

Megumi Nagata, Heritage Support Specialist
mnagata@4culture.org
(206) 263-3474

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Timeline

The deadline for Heritage Training Mini-Grants is ongoing. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email notification in approximately 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 of your project 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

Before you begin your application, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with a 4Culture Heritage staff member, who will ask you some additional questions to ensure this program is right for you, discuss your project idea, and give you tips on how to complete your application. The application should be submitted online through our grant portal, along with Demographic Information in the account profile. All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not.

The application asks four Narrative Questions:

  • Project Description: describe your proposed professional development project. How does your project address a need due to COVID-19 pandemic or at least one of the Key Findings put forth in the King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field? How does your project involve partnerships or collaborations?
  • Project Impact: 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 experiences) for this project?
  • Expertise: describe who will plan, implement, and manage your project? What are their qualifications? Qualifications can be skill, experience, training, or knowledge-based.
  • Project Implementation: describe when and in what sequence activities take place? Remember, projects funded through this program must be completed within 18 months of the the award date.

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.