Design in Public - Seattle Design Festival street exhibit
Design in Public, an ArtsWA grantee, produces the annual Seattle Design Festival. Photo courtesy of Design in Public.

General Operating Support Grant

This grant offers general operating support to arts organizations. Their primary focus must be to present, perform, preserve, teach (in a community setting), cultivate proficiency, and/or facilitate knowledge sharing in the arts. These grants help cover an organization’s regular operating expenses so they may dedicate more time to programming that benefits the public. For complete information, please review the grant program guidelines below.

Grant requests up to $5,000. Matching funds from the applicant are required.

Application available March 30, 2020

Deadline: May 18, 2020 EXTENDED TO MAY 26!

Funding period | August 15, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Eligible organizations:

  • Nonprofit arts organizations
  • Fiscally sponsored groups and organizations
  • Local Arts Agencies (see details in guidelines and below in Local Arts Agency – Definition)

Local Arts Agency - Definition

Local Arts Agencies that are officially designated by local governments but have independent budgets (are not a line item in the designating government’s budget) and have independent oversight (independent board, advisory committee, etc.) may apply for a GOS grant.

A Local Arts Agency (LAA) is a local nonprofit organization officially designated by a local government to deliver arts and culture events, programs, and services on behalf of the designating government. A LAA can also be an arts and culture department of a municipal, county or tribal government. Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Departments are examples. LAAs provide service, participation, and/or advocacy-based activities within a defined geographic area. They are non-discipline-specific. Activities provided by LAAs have a community-wide reach. They serve to enrich quality of life by increasing public access to the arts. Applicants must provide documentation of official designation as an LAA by a local government. They must be established by ordinance or legislation. They must have at least a one-year history as an agency, department, or unit of city, county, tribal or state government.


Application Information

Apply Online Via Zoomgrants

The Zoomgrants application process is simple and easy to use. However, we recommend that you read the Guidelines before starting your online application. Please use the following browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer.

Contact Us

Miguel Guillén, Program Manager:, 360-586-0424