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T.I.P.S. 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.

Steps to Apply

1 What T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants Fund

1 What T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants Fund

The T.I.P.S. 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 at least one of 8 Key Findings presented in the recently-completed King County Heritage Report: Understanding the Field.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 professional development and learning opportunities for 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:

  • 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.

Here are some ways you can provide public benefit:

  • Partnering or collaborating with multiple organizations.
  • Staging or holding your event/program at multiple sites in King County.
  • 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.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?


  • 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 and preserve historic artifacts, photographs, documents, and ephemera may apply for a TIPS Mini-grant.
  • You cannot have received a TIPS 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, school districts, or religious institutions.

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.
  • It should address 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 T.I.P.S. Mini-Grant applicant as you work through your application. Please contact either Chieko Phillips or Megumi Nagata to begin the process.


Chieko Phillips, Heritage Lead

Megumi Nagata, Heritage Support Specialist

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


The deadline for T.I.P.S. Mini-Grants is ongoing. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email notification in approximately 3-months.

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

Applying for a T.I.P.S. Mini-Grant starts with a conversation between you and 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, and send you a link to your the application. 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.