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Community Accelerator Grant

Have you heard about the Community Accelerator Grant program? ArtsFund just announced that they are partnering with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for a second round of the Community Accelerator Grant, a $10 million investment in Washington State’s arts and culture sector. The program will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington state. 

Applications for the 2024 program will run from February 5 to March 5, 2024, and can be accessed via www.artsfund.org/accelerator. The process will again utilize a Community Advisory Panel, which will inform the application, outreach, and awardee slate.

Funding will provide essential capital to Washington’s cultural organizations, including fiscally sponsored and tribal organizations, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities. The funds are intended to boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state. 

The program funded every eligible applicant in 2023, with a total of 671 grants distributed within 35 out of Washington’s 39 counties. While the unrestricted funding could be used for any aspect of the grantees’ work, recipients indicated their greatest needs were for salaries and labor, programming, and rent and facility costs. The low-barrier application and relatively fast turn-around time between application and funding also played an important role in supporting organizations as they bounced back from the pandemic. 

Please send any questions about this event to accelerator@artsfund.org.

Heritage Barn Grant

Only historic agricultural structures listed in the Heritage Barn Register, the Washington Heritage Register, or the National Register of Historic Places, are eligible to receive grant funds when they are available.  To be eligible for listing in the Heritage Barn Register, barns must be over 50 years old and retain a significant degree of historic integrity. If you have questions about your building’s eligibility or are unsure whether or not your building is listed on the Heritage Barn Register, please contact Michael Houser, State Architectural Historian, at 360-890-2634 or michael.houser@dahp.wa.gov.  The deadline for barn owners interested in nominating their barn to the Heritage Barn Register is rolling.

COVID Impacts Recovery Grant

Applications are now open for the COVID Impacts Recovery Grant. This grant offers small, one-time grants to Washington businesses in the arts, heritage, and science sectors to provide funding for recovery from pandemic economic impacts. For-profit and non-profit businesses are eligible.

Who can apply?

For-profit and non-profit businesses are eligible to apply.

Examples of eligible businesses:

  • Performing arts companies (such as theatre, dance, music, etc.)
  • Live entertainment venues
  • Environment, conservation or wildlife organizations
  • Museum or Historical organizations
  • Arts, Heritage, or Science educational institutions
  • Art galleries
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Independent artists, writers, or performers

Application deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 5 p.m. (PST)

Notifications sent: January 8 – 12, 2024

Funds dispersal: January 22 – 26, 2024

 

Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee Micro-Grant

The Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee is pleased to announce the availability of micro-grants for 2023. Grants are available for organizations with plans to coordinate and produce an event within Kittitas County. Organizations applying should support projects with the goal of increasing non-resident visitor expenditures coming from 50 miles or further outside the county. Grant values are up to $2,500 and should be for events occurring within Kittitas County in 2023.

Potential uses for these funds include advertising through print, electronic and web advertising, publications, and/or marketing collateral. Funding may also be considered for event operations upon approval of the Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee. The Micro-Grants are funded through Kittitas County lodging tax funds and are administered through the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information or to answer questions regarding the application process, please email the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism and Events, Matt Anderson at matt@kittitascountychamber.com or call (509) 925-2002.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Grants

As Washington State’s only statewide preservation advocacy organization, the Washington Trust plays a key role in advocating for good preservation policy on both the state and national levels.

There are grants and advocacy opportunities available on their website.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal stimulus program designed to provide quick access to Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for companies with 500 or fewer employees to assist with payroll and covered operating costs during short-term business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave Grant

Small business assistance grants are here!

These grants provide up to $3,000 to help cover costs associated with employees who take Paid Leave. Learn more about eligibility, requirements and the application process in the help center.

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