Project Support & Cooperative Partnership grants

General Overview

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One of the primary goals of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is to expand arts participation in communities across Washington State. To accomplish this, ArtsWA directs funding and services to strengthen communities and to provide arts opportunities for the public, with a particular interest in reaching diverse populations and achieving broad geographic representation.



Project Support grants provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington State. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and services to expand arts engagement and arts participation.

The goals of the Project Support grants program are to:

  • Support the creative, cultural, professional and economic development of communities and individuals.
  • Broaden access to the arts through the expansion and diversification of participants and audiences.
  • Encourage good management strategies for planning, budgeting, evaluating outcomes, documenting activities, collaborating with community partners, and fund-raising for the project.
  • Support artistic excellence defined as mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to process and presentation, and/or communication of unique vision or perspective of an artistic effort, event, program or service.

Click on the side menu to for information on funding levels.


Cooperative Partnerships fund organizations that provide services to support artists and arts professionals across the state of Washington.

To learn more about the Cooperative Partnership Program click here





LEVEL A (under $200,000 annual budget OR non arts specific*)
Deadline: March 27, 2017, 5:00 PM

LEVEL B ($200,000 to $1 million annual budget OR Local Arts Agencies*)
Deadline: April 24, 2017, 5:00 PM

LEVEL C (over $1 million annual budget*)
Deadline:  May 22, 2017, 5:00 PM

*extended organization definitions can be found in the guidelines

Deadline: March 14, 2017, 5:00 PM

View an informational webinar for new applicants, and all those interested in reviewing the guidelines, review criteria, and application process.
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Sample Applications (Please note that the guidelines have been updated since these sample applications were submitted and some requirements have changed. Please refer to these examples for general help with project narratives, etc. Next year we'll have updated samples that reflect FY18 changes. )

As a point of reference, we are sharing an exemplary application for each Project Support funding level from previous grant cycles. The applicant personal information (except for organization name and funding amount) have been removed, but otherwise, the application is complete. These sample applications demonstrate alignment with grant requirements and criteria such as a well written narrative that clearly answers the questions asked; budgets that are appropriate for the event planned; and samples of the submitted material that illustrate the artistic quality represented by the project proposal. Please take a look to get a jump on your application planning.

Funding Level A - Sample Application
Funding Level B - Sample Application 
Funding Level C - Sample Application

Recent Grants

Applications submitted for Project Support grants in Fiscal Year 2017 (small, mid-sized, large arts organizations and cooperative partnerships) were reviewed and ranked via a panel process in June and July 2016 and were approved at the Board of Commissioners in August. Click on the links below to see lists of last round of grantees.

Last Cycle Grantees:

FY17 Project Support Level A Grantees
FY17 Project Support Level B Grantees
FY17 Project Support Level C Grantees
FY17 Project Support Cooperative Partnership Grantees

Submit your application

Grant applications submitted for project support grants to small, mid-sized, and large arts organizations were reviewed and ranked via a panel process in June and July and were approved at the Board of Commissioners meeting, in August. Click on the links below to view the lists of grant recipients.

- See more at: grantees must submit a Final Report as the last contractual requirement for receiving the grant. The filing deadline is August 1, 2015   

ArtsWA uses Grants Online, an online application processing system, to accept your application. 

Need grantwriting tips? Click here.

FY18 applications are now available!


Here are some helpful tutorials for using the online application system:

Inside Your Application

Logging In and Managing Your Account

New User Sign Up

For assistance:

Miguel Guillén, Program Manager:, 360-586-0424
or Anna Marie Ortiz, Administrative Assistant,, 360-586-0026

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