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This page lists grant-making organizations:

Grants for Individuals & Starting Points:

Artist Trust GAP Grant

Applications at end of February each year.
Non-profit status not required; must be WA resident.

Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation

Jane B. Heilbron, 5665 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98048
Applications accepted by mail only.

4Culture: Special Projects - Individuals or Organizations

Was February 28, 2005 (annual)
Previously called the King County Cultural Development Authority.

Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs: Seattle City Artists

Was February 2005 (odd years only)
Previously called the Seattle Arts Commission.

Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC)

Works with Artist Trust.  Also travel and residency grants. 

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Local/Regional Public Foundations & Government Grantmakers:

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Proposals due in March or August each year, but letters of inquiry are accepted year-round.
Previously called the Allen Foundation for the Arts. 
Values creativity and organization building.


Usually end of January - need to request application in fall.
Previously called the Corporate Council for the Arts.
Need 3 year operating record and minimum budget to apply.

4Culture: Cultural Facilities Program

January 2005, then every 18 months.
Previously called the King County Cultural Development Authority.
Grant for fixed assets: tangible objects intended to be held or used for 10
years, computers are not always eligible.

4Culture: Sustained Support

Late October 2005.  Odd years only.
Previously called the King County Cultural Development Authority.
Two year funding cycle.  Need 3 year track record. (see 4Culture Special
Projects above)

Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs: Established

Next round is November 2005.
Two year funding cycle.  Need established track record.


Usually Dec or Jan each year.
Need 5 year track record and very sound bookkeeping!
PONCHO raises most of its funds through auctions, for which contributions by
grantees are expected.

Seattle Foundation

Quarterly (Jan 1, Apr 1, etc)
Capital, equipment and operating support grants. Grants to any one organization
generally not approved more than once every two years.

Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC): Organizational Support
Program & Project Support Program

April 1, 2005 (tbd)
OSP has two-year funding cycles. Program temporarily closed to new applicants. 
Try PSP.

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Local/Regional Private & Family Foundations:

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation

Chuck Viele, PO Box 21927, 14th Floor, Seattle WA 98111
No Deadline. Grant sizes between 2K & 5K

Boeing Arts & Culture Contributions

Year round. Prefers outreach and projects to encourage new audiences. Look also at the in-kind donations of office furniture and supplies.

Breneman Jaech Foundation

KayLee Jaech, 3020 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, Sammamish WA 98075
February 15, May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15.

Fales Foundation Trust

April 1st or October 1st. City of Seattle only.

Marsha & Jay Glazer Foundation

Marsha S. Glazer, PO Box 997, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Grants for film projects.

Horizons Foundation

Ralph Hadac, 4020 East Madison, Suite #322, Seattle WA 98112
June 2005.

Konsgaard/Goldman Foundation

Cycle 1: March 16; Cycle 2: Sept. 16 (preapplication)

The Elizabeth A. Lynn Foundation

Diane Titch, Grant Administrator, PMB 6159 13300 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill
Creek, WA 98102-5312
January 10, 2005

Nesholm Family Foundation

Administrator, 120 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 340, Seattle WA 98122
Foundation meets monthly, except during July and August. For a proposed project
to be considered that month, application must be received no later than first
day of month.

The Norcliffe Foundation

Year round.  Call first.

Puget Sound Energy

Year round.  Covers most of Western Washington, counties served by PSE.

RealNetworks Foundation

Not accepting applications until further notice.


Quarterly - Feb 25, etc.
Focus is on projects in neighborhoods.

Sahlin Foundation

Lee J. Sahlin - President, 6414 S. Helena St.
Spokane, WA 99223-8347
Primarily supports projects in Spokane.

US Bank

March 31.  Make approach through the local representative for Seattle, Jennifer Forland (used to be Mary Moore).
Can apply for operational support.

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National Grantmakers:

You should be aware that these funds are all highly sought after.  You
will most likely need to have established a strong reputation not only in
Seattle, but also by touring nationally or internationally before being
considered by these guys!

Creative Capitol: Grants to Individual Artists; Multi-Arts Production
Fund (MAP)

Deadlines vary.  Highly competitive.

Flintridge Foundation

Mainly theatre and visual arts, in WA, OR, CA only.

Franklin Furnace Fund

45 John Street, Room #611, New York, NY 10038-3706
Specifically to support performances in NYC

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Supports creation of choreographic works, but not performances.

Harkness Foundation for Dance

145 E. 48th St., Ste. 26C, New York, NY 10017
Contact: Theodore S. Bartwink, Exec. Dir.
Founded by Rebekah Harkness, supports major dance groups in NYC and elsewhere. Locally is supporting WWU's Dance Lab in Bellingham.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Application is by invitation only, but note that Diane Ragsdale went from On the Boards to be a program officer here.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Spring and early summer (annual).
Dance in 3 categories: Artistic Excellence, Challenge America (Fast Track),
Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth.
Also check out the International Partners program for touring and study abroad opportunities:

NEFA: National Dance Project (NDP) - Production & Touring

April 1 (Production); Nov 1 (Touring)
Production grants are made for creating new shows which will tour nationally.

Peter Norton Family Foundation

Kris Kuramitsu, Art Programs. 225 Arizona, Ste. 350, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Supports a range of arts across the country.

Rockefeller Foundation

Supports cross cultural projects, with global themes.

Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Project needs strong visual arts element to qualify.

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If you are willing to share details of your favorite grants or have any
corrections to this list, please get in touch.

Links for more research

There are several places to find out more about grant opportunities:

Seattle Public Library: A Foundation Center cooperating collection

available at the Central Library. You'll find more details in the Business collection section of the SPL website:

Nonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center at Redmond Library


Arts Resource Network

run by Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in Seattle, has all kinds of useful information, including local grant opportunities. You can sign up for free monthly newsletters with funding and training opportunities.

Philanthropy NW

is a local organization with lots of useful grant links and tips.

The Foundation Center

a database of private and public foundations and research articles. A lot of this is subscription based, but you can do limited free searches as a starting point or join for a month only to do some more detailed research.

FundsNet Services

A site of general links to fundraising sources. The arts foundations are mainly national ones, but this may give you ideas for places to look locally.


publishes online versions of tax returns (form 990) for corporations, foundations and non-profits. With free registration, you can look up which organizations have received grants from specific foundations to help you decide if your application is appropriate to their funding interests.

Grantmakers in the Arts

This organization is for grantmakers to share issues and concerns, but has some interesting articles about trends in grantmaking.

Washington State Arts Alliance

A local advocacy group with useful links.


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Grant deadlines calendar

If you are applying for a number of grants, you might find it useful to create a grants calendar to keep track of deadlines. A recent article from the Arts Resource Network offered some tips for doing this.
Thanks to Kathy Hsieh in the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for letting us provide a link to the article.

Grants calendar -- in the future.

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