4Culture Grants + Calls

Open 4Culture

If you are totally new to 4Culture, you’ve come to the right place! Open 4Culture is all about expanding our reach and supporting projects being done by and for underserved communities in King County.

Steps to Apply

1 What Open 4Culture Funds

1 What Open 4Culture Funds

Through this grant—which has no deadline—we award amounts up to $1,500 to cultural doers. Artists and arts groups operating outside of Seattle and those working in Heritage and Preservation anywhere in King County may apply.


We fund all of our grants through a competitive process, carefully evaluating each application. We want to see that you have a good plan behind your project, and that you’re exploring and sharing arts and culture in a real way.

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

  • It is created by or for audiences of underserved communities, or offers an innovative approach to the arts, historic preservation, or King County heritage.
  • It is accessible and offers public benefit to King County residents and visitors.
  • Your project is feasible and you have demonstrated your ability to accomplish its goals.
  • Your funding request makes sense. The way 4Culture money will be used is clearly explained in your budget.
  • Applying to pay for these preferred items will make your application its most competitive: materials, professional and artist fees, equipment and facility rental, documentation, permits, insurance, outreach, advocacy, technical fees.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Every time a visitor to King County 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. 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?


We divide this grant into three core disciplines of arts, heritage, and preservation.

    • If yours is an arts project, you are eligible if you are an individual artist, arts group, organization, or small business residing in King County, including White Center and Skyway (unincorporated King County), but outside of Seattle. Individual artists must be 18 years of age or older, or youth with adult representation.
    • For Heritage and Preservation projects, you are eligible if you are an individual, group, organization, or small business doing heritage or preservation work based anywhere in King County, including Seattle.
    • Individuals, groups, or organizations who have been funded by 4Culture in the past are not eligible for this grant.
    • We do not fund K-12 schools, school districts, or religious institutions.

Your Project

No matter what discipline your project is in, it must offer public benefit and be accessible to the citizens of King County. See Step 1 for more information on public benefit, what it means, and how to provide it. This is one of our more open-ended grants!

Here’s a list of projects that could be funded through Open 4Culture to get you thinking:

  • Street closure permit, liability insurance, and sound equipment rental for a festival to celebrate the history of farming in Carnation.
  • Latino dancers presenting a full-length evening concert at the American Legion in Kent.
  • Hire a historian to work with K-8 students, who will map out a farm that once stood on their school grounds on Vashon Island, by creating drawings and writing stories about the farm, based on historical research.
  • Fund the planning phase of a garden project in a location of significance to the Japanese community in the International District in Seattle.

We do not fund tuition and cost-of-living expenses for matriculated students in any degree program, food, beverages or fundraising expenses, permanent public art projects, including murals, general operating support, or capital construction projects.

If you are awarded funding, you’ll sign a letter of agreement with 4Culture, which may include requirements for insurance, acknowledgement of 4Culture’s support, project evaluation, and a Social Security Number or Tax Payer ID Number for payment. Generally, you will claim your award after your event or presentation is complete. However, if your event or presentation cannot happen without some advance funds, we can provide 50% of your award before your event/ or presentation, and 50% after it is complete.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

We provide hands-on guidance to each Open 4Culture applicant as you work through your application. Please contact Melissa to begin the process:


Melissa Newbill

Translation and Assistance

If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at hello@4culture.org or 206-296-7580 or TTY 711.
Si anticipa una barrera para su participación debido a la capacidad limitada de escritura en inglés, discapacidad visual, o desea solicitar asistencia para acceder a esta aplicación, contáctenos en hello@4culture.org o 206-296-7580 o TTY 711.
如果您由于英语写作能力有限,视力障碍而希望参加比赛,或者希望获得协助来访问此应用程序,请通过hello@4culture.org或206-296-7580或TTY 711与我们联系。

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


Once you have contacted our coordinator, determined your project is a good fit for Open 4Culture, and submitted your application, you will receive email notification letting you know whether or not you have received funding..

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.

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 Open 4Culture starts with a conversation between you and our Open 4Culture Coordinator, 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, and send you a link to your Open 4Culture Application. You must submit it at least six-weeks prior to your project. All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not.

New For 2019 – 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 staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.