Make a Nomination

Seeking nominations for 2019 until June 3rd

Create a Nomination*

2019 Guidelines

*NOTE: All nominators need to create a new ZoomGrants account. Create the account using YOUR OWN NAME and e-mail address NOT your nominee’s name and e-mail. If you are a current ArtsWA grantee with an 'Organization' account, or if you are a collaborator on an FY19 or FY20 application, DO NOT use this account to submit your nomination. Create a new 'Individual' account by clicking on the 'Create a Nomination' link above. 


To be eligible individuals or organizations must

  • have significantly contributed to the arts and culture landscape of Washington State;
  • be current Washington residents or resided or been based in the state at the time contributions were made;
  • not be a previous recipient of a Governor's Arts Award or Heritage Award (except for Young Arts Leader Award).


Re-nominations: Unsuccessful 2018 nominations are eligible for re-submission as a re-nomination if there are no changes to the support materials and if the nomination was not a re-nomination in 2018. Full instructions are on the application. 

You may nominate only one individual or organization per award cycle.

Nominators may work with nominees to create an application.

Self-nominations are accepted. 

Nominations for posthumous awards are accepted.

You may nominate individuals or organizations to the Governor's Arts Awards or for the Governor's Heritage Awards - but not both.

Nominations must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants.

Nominees that receive multiple nominations receive only one score from the Selection Panel.

We will make no exceptions regarding the application deadline.

Nominators and nominees are notified of status by early September.


The following materials are REQUIRED for all nominations:

  • Nomination Letter: Your nomination letter serves as the introductory document for your nomination to the Selection Panel. Outline accomplishments clearly and succinctly. Include the impact the nominee's work has had on a specific and/or broader community. Include why the efforts, achievements, and accomplishments of your nominee are noteworthy and how their efforts have been recognized. If you are nominating for the Governor's Heritage Awards, also include information on how your nominee's work has preserved or promoted ethnic and/or cultural heritage. It is highly recommended that you keep your nomination letter to one (1) page in length, single-spaced, 12pt font and that you submit your letter as a PDF or Word document.
  • Work Samples: Work samples are examples of your nominee's work. Work samples play a key role in helping review panelists understand your nominee's accomplishments. Work samples can include images of artwork, videos, audio samples, articles, literary art samples, excerpts from books, etc. A minimum of one work sample is required. Please follow the work sample guidelines for file types and quantities.
  • If nominating an Individual - Nominee Biography: Limit up to eight (8) pages. Submit the biography as a PDF or Word document.
  • If nominating an Organization - Organization History: Provide an overview/timeline, with benchmarks of achievements, of the history of the organization. Limit four (4) pages. Submit the Organization History as a PDF or Word document.

The following materials are RECOMMENDED:

  • Support Letters: Support letters serve as endorsements from community members and others and are valuable testaments of your nominee’s achievements. Maximum of three (3) one-page, one-sided letters. Submit your letter/s as PDF or Word documents.
  • If nominating an Individual - Nominee's Résumé: Limit up to eight (8) pages. Submit the résumé as a PDF or Word document.
  • If this is a re-nomination: If your nominee has new accomplishments, upload an update of your nominee's accomplishments over the last year. The update should be a 250-word narrative and must not include live links or embedded images. PDF or Word file format preferred.


For more information or questions contact:
Miguel Guillén| | 360-586-0424

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