Cast of Village Theatre's 2021 Summer Independent Production of Urinetown.

COVID Safety Support for Large Organizations

About this grant

COVID Safety Support for Large Organizations offers one-time grants to large arts, culture, heritage, or science* non-profit organizations in Washington State. Eligible applicants must have costs associated with COVID-19 testing and safety monitoring required by either state and local governments, union contracts, or both. All eligible applicants will have reported annual gross receipts of greater than $5,000,000 in calendar year 2019.

  • This grant supports previously unfunded costs and current reimbursable costs for COVID-19 mitigation (for example: filtration systems, testing costs, PPE, staff to check vaccine cards, COVID-19 compliance officers, etc.).**
    • Previously unfunded costs eligible to be covered by this grant will have been requested on previous grant applications but were declined OR only partially funded. Previous grant applications may have been submitted from March 30, 2020 to the present.
    • Current reimbursable costs are those related to COVID-19 mitigation (including staffing) for the period between your last grant application up until the date of your submission of this grant application.

*For the purposes of this grant, “science” non-profit organizations may not be science companies, including research and/or development laboratories or services, and science manufacturing.

**Parameters of this grant program are based directly on the State of Washington’s Authorizing language: 5693-S.SL.pdf – (Pg 110 line 12)

Funds for this program provided by Washington State Legislature, the Washington Department of Commerce, and the US Dept. of Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Dept. of Treasury.

Important dates

  • Application open: November 8, 2022
  • Application deadline: December 8, 2022, 5pm
  • January 9 – January 13, 2023: Notifications sent
  • January 23 – February 7, 2023: Funds dispersal

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Active arts, culture, heritage, or science* non-profit 501c3 organizations physically located and operating in Washington State
  • Have reported annual gross receipts of greater than $5,000,000 in calendar year 2019
  • Generate at least 51% of revenue in Washington State
  • Have had costs associated with COVID-19 mitigation as required by state and local governments and/or by union contracts
  • Have outstanding costs for COVID-19 mitigation: from previous grant applications that were not funded or not fully funded –AND/OR– for the period between your last grant application up until the date of your submission of this grant application

*For the purposes of this grant, “science” non-profit organizations may not be science companies, including research and/or development laboratories or services, and science manufacturing.

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Non-profit organizations that restrict patronage for any reason other than capacity or age restrictions, per state and federal non-discrimination regulations
  • Non-profit organizations debarred by the federal government
  • For the purposes of this grant “science” non-profit organizations may not be science companies, including research and/or development laboratories or services, and science manufacturing

IMPORTANT: As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have an UEI number. The UEI replaces the DUNS Number. If you don’t have one yet, you should apply now. You may apply for grants without one but cannot receive funds until you have a UEI. Click here to apply now.

  • WA State Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number
  • Tribal member-owned businesses without a UBI may provide alternative business validation
  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • UEI (Unique Entity Identifier) number
  • Most recent completed IRS tax form 990

Successful applicants must use the funds for costs incurred from March 1, 2020, to the date of application submission, as required by state law. The funds can be used for any COVID-19 testing and safety monitoring costs that have not been previously funded through other grant awards.

If responses for the cost(s) are “true” for ALL four statements below, then the applicant can feel confident that the cost is eligible:

  • The cost is associated with COVID-19 testing and safety monitoring.
  • The cost was/is necessary to continue the non-profit organization’s operations.
  • The cost was/is NOT for government related fees (for example: taxes; licenses; state, county, federal, and/or city fees).
  • The non-profit organization will certify that the cost was/is not funded by any other funder, whether private, state, or federal.

Grant funds may NOT be used for:

  • Lobbying
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Salary increases, bonuses, and dividends to owner(s) or investor(s)
  • Costs already reimbursed previously by federal programs (for example: SBA Paycheck Protection Program) or costs previously reimbursed by any grant or loan program
  • Personal expenses

Grant applications can be completed and submitted online at any time between the morning of November 8, 2022, and December 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. PST.

ArtsWA will accept applications online through Submittable. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to register prior to accessing the online application. Submittable recommends using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari as web browsers.

Please take your time when completing the application. Your work will be automatically saved as you move through the questions as long as you are connected to the internet. The application does not need to be completed in one sitting.

After the closing date of December 8, 2022, applications will be reviewed, and final determinations will be made. If you are selected for a grant, notice of the grant amount and next steps will be emailed to you from ArtsWA in the first half of January 2023.

Make sure that the contact email you provide is appropriate for receiving emails from ArtsWA.

Additional information

Contact us

If you have any questions about this grant, please contact:

Linnea Ingalls, Program Coordinator, Grants to Organizations, 360-252-9969 or linnea.ingalls@arts.wa.gov

Miguel Guillen, Program Manager, Grants to Organizations, 360-252-9970 or miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov