"McMicken Heights Tapestry" (detail of a textile artwork) by Cecilia Blomberg, located at McMicken Heights Elementary, Highline School District, SeaTac, WA.
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FY22 Pandemic Relief Grants for Small Organizations – CLOSED

About this Grant

ArtsWA is pleased to offer general operating support to small non-profit and fiscally sponsored arts groups and organizations with a minimum one-year-history of providing continuous arts programming prior to pandemic mitigation mandates. Funding will support daily operations, planning, and creative production of small organizations experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

NOTE: If you received a FY21 Small Organization grant you are not eligible to apply for FY22 Small Organizations, as it is an extension of the FY21 program.

Funding Amounts

  • Grants of $1,500, $3,000, or $5,000
  • No funding match required

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.
  • Notification of Grant Award: by July 16, 2021
  • When Funds will be Distributed: Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 and after expenses are incurred and documentation provided
  • Final Report Due: July 31, 2022

Application Information

  • Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with an annual operating budget up to or less than $50,000 before the pandemic.
  • Fiscally sponsored arts and culture groups and organizations with an annual operating budget up to or less than $50,000 before the pandemic. Groups must be sponsored by nonprofit organizations that have arts, culture, and/or heritage in their mission statement.
  • To be eligible, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations must have current federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including those affiliated with tribal organizations.
  • All applicants must have a minimum of one-year-history of providing continuous arts programming prior to the pandemic.

Applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed by ArtsWA staff for completion and eligibility. Complete and eligible applications are sent to scoring panel for evaluation.

Evaluation and Scoring Panel

A panel of arts professionals, ArtsWA commissioners and staff evaluate eligible applications. Panelists use scoring criteria to give a numerical score to each application. An application’s final score is the combined average of all panelists scores.

Panel Recommendations and Board Approval

  • The Scoring Panel makes funding recommendations based on numerical scores.
  • Funding recommendations are presented to the ArtsWA Executive Director for approval.

Notification of Award

Notifications are sent to applicants approximately four to six weeks of application submission.

  • Financial Need, Planning and Strategy (10 points)
  • Arts and Cultural Programming (10 points)
  • Communities Served (10 points)

Financial Need, Planning and Strategy: The organization demonstrates financial need and thoughtful strategy and planning for moving forward.

Describe how the pandemic has impacted your organization’s operations and services (make sure your response is succinct).


  • Loss of, or difficulty preserving or compensating staff and/or contracted professionals.
  • Loss of venue or workspace.
  • Difficulty paying insurance premiums and utilities.
  • Significant and ongoing loss of revenue including inability to hold fundraisers.
  • Financial setbacks resulting from cancelled or postponed public programming.
  • Challenges sustaining operations due to pandemic mitigation restrictions including costs associated with necessary health and safety modifications.
  • Plans to move programming online and related costs including time spent training staff, technology expenses, programming modification, etc.

Tell the Scoring Panel how receiving funding will help you move forward.

Arts and Cultural Programming: The organization’s mission, programs, and services are focused on arts and/or cultural programing.

Provide your organization or group’s mission statement and list all programs/services that demonstrate:

  • Access to arts and culture experiences for the public including arts/culture education programs.
  • Services culturally relevant to communities the organization serves – be specific in your response.

Communities Served: The community served by the organization is reflective of Washington’s diverse populations including cultural diversity, artistic disciplines, geographic locations, and underserved populations.

Describe the communities your organization serves. Application narrative examples can include (but are not limited to):

  • Participation of underserved populations as leads, presenters, participants, and audiences. Include people of color, LGBTQ+, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, people who identify as immigrants or refugees, and people whose first (or only) language is not English and people most impacted by social/economic inequities. (This is not an exhaustive list.)

The best responses will describe inclusive practices in the areas of organization or group’s daily operations, participant demographics, and how your organization’s work is reflective of Washington’s diverse populations including cultural diversity, artistic disciplines, geographic locations, and underserved populations. Include any efforts to increase community access to the services your organization provides.

  • Current nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Your last completed year’s operating budget
  • SWV registration with the State of Washington
  • DUNS number

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through our online grant platform, Zoom Grants. This program has a rolling deadline. Applications are accepted until 5:00pm on the final deadline date.

Additional Information

Contact Us

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

Miguel Guillen, Program Manager, Grants to Organizations, 360-252-9970 or miguel.guillen@arts.wa.gov
Linnea Ingalls, Program Coordinator, Grants to Organizations, 360-252-9969 or linnea.ingalls@arts.wa.gov

Watch our April 9, 2021 Webinar about ArtsWA Pandemic Relief Grants. ArtsWA staff shares info about the application and funding process.