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


Arts in Education: Applications are now open for grant funding in Fiscal Year 2017. 

Grants to Organizations: Applications open on February 29, 2016 for Fiscal Years 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) funding. Read more about project support grants for FY 2017.

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.

Grants Online

ArtsWA uses Grants Online, an online grants management system, developed by the Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF).

Grants Online New User Interface Coming Soon!

Change is coming to the Grants Online user interface! Starting April 15, 2016, the Grants Online system will have a fresh new look! The new user interface will provide improved navigation, saving, and uploading features. You can preview an example of the new look and features ahead of time by accessing the links provided below. We expect little interruption to the application process because of this change and welcome your input. And as always please let us know if you need assistance with the new interface or if we can be of assistance with your application. 

Inside Your Application (

Logging In and Managing Your Account (

New User Sign Up (

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