ArtsWA offers several types of grants aimed at conserving and developing the state’s artistic resources.


Arts in Education: Applications are now closed for grant funding in Fiscal Years 2016. 

Grants to Organizations: Applications are now closed for Fiscal Years 2016 grant funding.

Grant Categories and evaluations

Artists, works of art, and artistic institutions are essential to the social, educational, and economic well-being of Washington State. Our grants, in the categories summarized below, provide the seed money necessary to ensure that individual communities nurture and grow the arts.

  • Grants to organizations
  • Grants to statewide partners
  • Grants for K-12 arts in education
  • Grants for special purposes

We offer resources to help you with your application and with receiving your payments once your grant is awarded.

To evaluate grant applications, we use a four-step process based on the written response and support materials submitted with each application:

  • Grant applications are reviewed initially by staff for eligibility
  • Applications are reviewed by a peer panel or review committee that makes initial funding recommendations.
  • The full Commission performs a final review, approval, and determines funding amounts.
  • We provide each applicant with a written notification of the final Commission action.


If we don't fund your grant application and you want to appeal, the Washington Administrative Code (WAC 30.12.036) outlines a standard process to follow.

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