4Culture Grants + Calls

Recovery Fund for Individuals

The Recovery Fund for Individuals will offer between $1,000 and $12,000 to eligible cultural producers who have been financially impacted by the pandemic, as they recuperate, adapt, and advance their practice.

Steps to Apply

1 About Recovery Funds for Individuals

1 About Recovery Funds for Individuals

Cultural and creative sectors are economic and employment drivers. The Washington State creative economy contributed $53.2 billion to the economy in 2019 representing 185,741 cultural workers in Washington contributing 5% to the Gross State Product each year. Maintaining the viability of the arts and heritage will not only ignite the local economy, but it will support mental health and a sense of community identity. *

At the core of this sector are cultural producers. They have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 crisis including unemployment, the loss of freelance income, and unanticipated expenses. 4Culture believes that through the support of cultural producers, we will greatly benefit the economy and social strength of King County’s residents for years to come.

The Recovery Fund for Individuals is an opportunity for Cultural Producers to recover from some of the significant financial impacts they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Information About Federal Funds

The funds for this grant program were secured by 4Culture through a partnership with King County, a recipient of federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding source was created to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families and small businesses that continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, 4Culture is supporting King County’s cultural community under the federal classification of Qualified Disaster Assistance. As a subrecipient of ARPA funds, 4Culture is required to abide by federal regulations for these dollars. All ARPA requirements will be strictly followed.

4Cuture staff will be managing new processes and procedures that are unlike our typical grants. We will do our best to provide applicants and recipients with helpful guidance. Details about relevant requirements are provided below and in the application. Please read through this information carefully.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an individual who can demonstrate marked work as a cultural producer as defined by 4Culture, in the fields of historic preservation, heritage, public art, or art.
  • Be a King County resident (filed 2020 IRS tax documents with a King County address).
  • Can attest* to a loss of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $1,000 or more between 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    *If selected, provide federal tax documentation as evidence of income loss greater or equal to than the amount requested from 4Culture.
  • Have not knowingly and intentionally committed federal fraud.
  • Not be 4Culture staff, Advisory Committee member, Board member, consultant, or an Individual Recovery Fund panelist during the period of review.

How We Define “Cultural Producer”

For the purpose of this application, “cultural producer” is defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation, paid or unpaid, is within 4Culture’s program areas: heritage, historic preservation, art, and public art. This may include:

  • Individuals working in the fields of heritage and historic preservation whose primary work involves stewardship, documentation, identification, and interpretation of history and historic spaces including, public history, cultural/ethnic heritage, archives, curation, museum (education, interpretation, exhibits), historic restoration, archeology, and research.
  • Sole proprietors of cultural businesses including freelance curators and consultants.
  • Generative and interpretive artists working in the disciplines of public art, dance, theater, music, media, literature, and the visual arts.

View a sample list of eligible cultural producers in PDF format.

Recipients of previous 4Culture funding—including Cultural Relief—are eligible to apply to this program if all above eligibility requirements are met.

Selection Criteria

All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Recovery Fund for Individuals peer-panel, using the following selection criteria.

The applicant successfully demonstrates:

  • Measurable loss: The applicant successfully demonstrates a measurable loss, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between the years of 2019 and 2020 as evidenced by their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on filed IRS tax documentation.
  • Cultural practice: dedication as a cultural producer as defined by 4Culture, in current work samples.

Priority Factors

4Culture has a limited amount of funding it can provide to individuals at this time. If applicants meet the eligibility requirements including the successful demonstration of measurable financial loss due to COVID-19 and are able to show a commitment to work as a cultural producer, applicants will be prioritized using the following factors:

Applicants with a higher percentage of loss will be prioritized. For example: if one writer lost 85% of their income in 2020 due to COVID-19 and another lost 45%, the writer who lost 85% of their income will be prioritized in our funding.

Where we live and our income are known predictors of health and wellbeing. Therefore, we will prioritize applications from those who have low-income or live in a Community of Opportunity or outside of the City of Seattle, but within King County.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed


Workshops allow you to meet program managers, walk through the application, have your questions answered, and hear from other cultural producers in an informal meeting space.

Video Tutorial

Walk through the application with helpful tips from staff.

How to Find Your Tax Information

If you need assistance in locating your tax information or more details about where to find your AGI, please review our tax tip sheet in PDF format.

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。



4Culture offices and gallery are closed due to public health concerns; however, we are working remotely and are available by email and phone to assist you if you may have questions or feel unclear about something. We will make every effort to ensure equal access to services for all applicants. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Melissa Newbill
(206) 263-1603

Megumi Nagata
(206) 263-3474

Doreen Mitchum

For general and technical support:
Jackie Mixon

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST. If you submitted an eligible application, by late March you will receive an email letting you know the status of your application. If you receive a grant, you will receive a contract that must be signed electronically by all parties before we can issue a payment. We know this can be a confusing process, so we welcome applicants to contact us for assistance at any time. However, we urge everyone to apply prior to February 2 as the deadline will not be extended for any reason.

Selection Process

4Culture will facilitate a review process of all eligible applications. Reviewers comprised of cultural producers will evaluate and score applications for funding based upon the stated criteria. 4Culture staff will add financial loss and equity factors to determine each applicant’s priority status.

Requirements, Contracts, and Payment

The funds for this grant program are from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). All ARPA and 4Culture requirements must be strictly enforced.

If your application is awarded funding, the staff listed in these guidelines will ensure you receive a contract and will assist you in accessing your payment. Contracts will be issued electronically, and recipients will need to review and sign their contract digitally on a computer, tablet, or phone. Additionally, those selected for funding will be required to provide copies of three U.S. Tax documents by a designated secure upload or by mail, before funds will be made available. These federal documents include:

  • Pages 1 and 2 of your filed 2019 U.S. Individual or Joint Income Tax Return
  • Pages 1 and 2 of your filed 2020 U.S. Individual or Joint Income Tax Return
  • Page 1 of a completed W9 Form with your Social Security Number or EIN for a sole proprietorship/LLC. No EINs for Fiscal Sponsors or Organizations will be accepted.

Additional documents may be required.

Where To Find Your AGI tip sheet coming soon.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Step 1: Access Your 4Culture Account

If have not previously applied to 4Culture, we strongly recommend you request an account at least one week prior to the deadline. If you already have a 4Culture account, login.

Step 2: Complete Your Demographic Profile

In your 4Culture account, under Your Profile you will find your demographic profile. Please complete this or make updates and be sure to click Submit when you have completed the questions. This is a required step for this grant.

This information will not be a determining factor in decision-making, but it is a required component of the application process. We use aggregated information from the demographic profiles to understand how well we are doing in our efforts to serve all communities in King County.

Step 3: Start Your Application

Once you’ve started your application, you can save it as a draft and continue to work on it up to the deadline. Once you click Submit, your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during this process.

What’s in the Application?

  • This application will require that you submit your name, contact information, and some demographic information.
  • The application requires answering basic questions about you and your work as a cultural producer.
  • You must answer several questions about your financial status and resources being pursued at this time.
  • Only financial loss unanticipated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, occurring between January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 will be considered for this grant.
  • You may request support in increments of $1,000 up to $12,000. The request must be equal to or less than the documented loss as indicated on the required tax returns. Please note, you may receive less than what you request. Award amounts will depend on the number of applications received, amount requested, and total funding available.
  • You will be asked to identify the amount, purpose, and provider of any COVID-19 related cash assistance you received during 2020. (Example: Cash assistance from a local charity, stimulus checks.) You must demonstrate your financial need exceeds the support from these resources.
  • You must submit one to four samples of past or in-process projects that exemplifies your work as a cultural producer. Accepted formats include up to two URLs for links to videos, audio files, or websites and up to two uploads including text documents or images (2 MB max).

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0152 awarded to King County, Washington by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.