Lakewood Playhouse - Scene from the musical Avenue Q
ArtsWA grantee, Lakewood Playhouse's production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical was part of the Playhouse's 77th season. Photo courtesy of Lakewood Playhouse.

Art Service Organization Support Grants

Requests up to $8,000 for Regional Arts Service Organizations. Matching funds from the applicant are required.

Requests up to $25,000 for Statewide Arts Service Organizations. Matching funds from the applicant are required.

Program opens January 6, 2020

Eligible funding period | July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Regional Arts Service Organizations
  • Statewide Arts Service Organizations
What is a Regional Arts Service Organization?
    • Organization provides professional development services for arts professionals.
    • Must work with arts professionals from at least three counties in one ArtsWA defined region.
    • At least 10% of the organization’s total public program budget must be designated for professional development services for arts professionals in the region.
    • Eligible for grants up to $8000.
What is a Statewide Arts Service Organization?
    • Organization provides professional development services for arts professionals.
    • Must provide services in ten or more counties, and/or:
    • Host an annual convening of arts professionals from across the state that includes planned professional development activities.
    • Statewide ASOs do not perform, produce, preserve, present, or teach art.
    • Organization is are encouraged to work with regional arts organizations to help meet statewide distribution of services obligation.
    • A statewide ASO with an annual operating budget of $150,000 or more may request up to $25,000.
Application Information

Arts Service Support Grant Guidelines Available soon!

What We Do and Don't Fund

All funded projects, programs, and services must be open to the public. Organizations that receive operating support must be producing publicly accessible programming.

Examples of What We Do Fund

  • Music, dance, theater performances that are part of a season of events or a stand-alone event
  • Exhibitions of visual art
  • Poetry and literary readings, literary publications
  • Traditional or folk arts performances/festivals
  • Fees for professional guest artists
  • Royalties
  • Rentals of equipment
  • Broadcasts of the arts (i.e. via radio or webcasts)
  • Films, videos, digital arts, web-based arts projects
  • Professional development training, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • Residency programs
  • Youth arts programs that occur outside of school and are not offered for school credit
  • Travel expenses for contracted arts professionals from out of state (artists, technical staff, etc.)

What We Don’t Fund

Certain Types of Activities at Schools, Colleges, and Universities

  • Events, activities, projects, or performances that are part of, or involve, academic or course credit
  • Tuition assistance for college, university or other formal course of study that generates course credit
  • Events that take place on campus that are not easily accessible by the general public and primarily attended by matriculated students

Individuals

  • Grants to individuals
  • Expenses for an individual to attend contests, conferences, seminars or workshops
  • Grants to students
  • Student scholarships
  • Payments to individual board members of the applicant, unless made in compliance with Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) regulations that limit such payments to professional services

Certain Types of Projects or Programs Conducted by Other State Agencies

  • State agency programs or projects that receive state appropriations for the same project

Private Purpose and Restricted Events

  • Events that are not open to the public
  • Activities primarily benefiting the organization membership
  • Activities financed by artist entry fees, particularly those involving cash prizes
  • Events not commonly recognized as a general public event, are an integral part of a specific religion, or promote a religious observance
  • Conferences benefiting a small group of people
  • Hospitality expenses such as food, flowers, receptions and similar items
  • Fund-raisers or benefit concerts

Certain Types of Capital Expenses

  • Renovation, remodeling, restoration, or new construction of buildings
  • Purchase of permanent equipment, software, or real property
  • Public art installations

Certain Types of General Expenses and Deficits

  • Activities or expenses outside the current grant period
  • Activities that have occurred prior to the period designated by the contract
  • Requests to cover previous losses incurred by the organization

Out-of-State Travel

  • Grants cannot be used to fund travel outside Washington
Apply Online Via Zoomgrants

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Contact Us

Miguel Guillén, Program Manager: miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov, 360-586-0424

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