4Culture Grants + Calls

Open 4Culture

Open 4Culture is the perfect introduction to 4Culture and grants in general! Whether this is your first grant with us or your first grant ever, our friendly staff will walk you through the entire process. Together, we are making cultural funding more accessible and inclusive!

Steps to Apply

1 What Open 4Culture Funds

1 What Open 4Culture Funds

The grant awards up to $2,500 for Arts projects in Seattle’s Communities of Opportunity or King County, and Heritage or Preservation projects anywhere in the county.

Criteria

We fund our grants through a competitive process. Reviewers with expertise in your discipline will evaluate your project based on the following criteria:

  • Public benefit: Does your project include one or more compelling, feasible public event in King county? Will King County residents or visitors be able to enjoy, experience, or benefit from the project?
  • Qualifications or catalyst: Through your work samples and experience, do you have the ability to successfully complete this project? If this is your first project of this kind, do you show the potential to learn, grow, and expand your practice, or do you have mentors or collaborators who can support you?
  • Feasibility: Is your project budget realistic and have you requested an appropriate amount of funding?
  • Advancing equity (optional): If your project is created for or by historically marginalized communities, why and how this will take place? This is not a requirement for funding.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Visitors who stay in hotels and motels in King County pay sales tax. A small part of that tax generates the funds for our grants—our mission is to reinvest those funds into King County communities. Most importantly, in your application you will be asked to state specifically how fellow residents will benefit from the work you do. Read about public benefit more in depth here.

Equity Investments

To combat inequities in our grantmaking, 4Culture engages in the practice of making Equity Investments. This practice involves looking at several indicators of structural inequity and applying that knowledge to our peer review panel process. These indicators include but are not limited to: geographic location of applicants, operating budget, communities engaged with and audiences served, and project focus. By prioritizing these factors in our grantmaking decisions and panel review process, we anticipate funds will be distributed to communities that have historically been excluded from cultural funding.

Each of our grant programs utilizes 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

You are eligible if you are an individual, group, organization, or small business that creates projects in Arts, Heritage, and/or Preservation. You are also new to 4Culture and have not yet received our grants or funding.

    • Arts: You must be based in Seattle’s Communities of Opportunity (COOs), or in King County outside of Seattle. Seattle applicants who are not in a COO are not eligible (see below).
    • Heritage or Preservation: You must reside in King County.
    • The primary applicant must be 18 years or older or have adult representation.

Seattle’s Communities of Opportunity

The Communities of Opportunity (COO) index was first developed in 2012 and includes a set of health and socioeconomic indicators to gauge community health and well-being. 4Culture aligns our equity investments with the COO index to identify the areas of King County in greatest need of support.

For Seattle-based artists and Art projects, view this Communities of Opportunity map to determine whether you or your group are located in a COO. COO areas eligible for Open4Culture are outlined and in purple.

Your Project

This grant offers support for projects in our three core disciplines: Arts, Heritage, and Preservation. Projects can take place in-person, online, or hybrid.

  • Arts: Your project creates art of any discipline that offers some community access to the art or the artmaking process, such as readings, screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops, discussions, festivals, activities, and more.
  • Heritage: Heritage is defined as “the exchange of knowledge and experiences shaped by the past.” Your project focuses on heritage and historical themes in King County through identification, documentation, exhibition, or interpretation. Heritage can include people, memories, places, communities, and events.
  • Preservation: Your project must contribute to the preservation of King County’s historic buildings, sites, neighborhoods, or landscapes through documentation, identification, research, analysis, educational programming, or advocacy.

Project Examples

See a list of past Awardees here. This is one of our more open-ended grants! Some recent examples of awarded projects include:

  • Street festival: a free festival celebrating the history of farming in Carnation Street. Funds were used for a street closure permit, insurance, and sound equipment rentals.
  • Dance performance: a low-cost evening-length Latinx dance performance at the American Legion in Kent. Funds paid for dancer fees.
  • Textile exhibition: a free exhibition of traditional African garments, textiles, and prints with free programs with youth. Funds paid for textiles, fabrication, and the venue rental.
  • Agricultural history: a research and mapping project about a farm that once stood on Vashon Island. Funds paid for a historian to work with students.
  • Historical site planning: the planning phase of a garden project in a Japanese American historical location in the Chinatown International District

This grant does not fund:

  • Food and beverage.
  • Murals and permanent public art.
  • Religious worship, exercise, or instruction.
  • K-12 schools or school districts.
  • Tuition and cost-of-living expenses for students in any degree program.
  • Fundraising expenses.
  • General operating support.
  • Capital construction.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

Please contact us if you are interested in applying. Our staff will help you determine if your project is a good fit for Open 4Culture and then begin the application. We will answer any of your questions and support you through the entire process, from beginning to end!

Contact

Scott Oshima
scott.oshima@4culture.org
(206) 477-8064

Translation and Assistance

The guidelines, a detailed explanation of how to apply, and the application are in English. If this is a barrier that stops you from understanding the grant or applying due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or you would like to request assistance to create an application, please contact hello@4culture.org or call (206) 296-7580 or TTY 711, and we will make sure you get the support you need.
 
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4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Timeline

Once you have contacted our staff and submitted your application, you will receive an email notification on your award status within 1-2 weeks. If your application is not accepted this time, we are happy to share the reviewers’ feedback through a brief phone call.

Contracts and Payment

If your project is selected for funding, our staff will work with you to create a Letter of Agreement, which includes the award amount, all the requirements for a successful project, and a schedule for when you will be paid.

Payment requires a Social Security Number or Tax Payer ID Number. Awards will be paid when your project is complete. Under certain circumstances, we can provide 50% of your award at the start of your project and 50% at completion. Awards are paid as a 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

Please contact us if you are interested in applying. Our staff will help you determine if your project is a good fit for Open 4Culture and then begin the application. We will answer any of your questions and support you through the entire process, from beginning to end!

Applications are due at least 2 months before the date of the project or event. For example, if your event is March 1, you must submit by January 1.

Applications will be closed December 1, 2023—January 31, 2024.

All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not.

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.

Check out more of 4Culture’s grant opportunities and other local grants.