Grants To Organizations

General Overview

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One of the primary goals of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is to expand arts participation in communities across Washington State. To accomplish this, through the Grants to Organizations' Project Support program, ArtsWA directs funding and services to strengthen communities and to provide arts opportunities for the public, with a particular interest in reaching diverse populations and achieving broad geographic representation.



Project Support grants provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington State. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and services that expand arts engagement and increase arts participation.

Program Goals:

  • Support the creative, cultural, professional and economic development of communities and individuals.
  • Broaden access to the arts through the expansion and diversification of participants and audiences.
  • Encourage good management strategies for planning, budgeting, evaluating outcomes, documenting activities, collaborating with community partners, and fund-raising for the project.
  • Support artistic excellence defined as mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to process and presentation, and/or communication of unique vision or perspective of an artistic effort, event, program or service.
  • Additionally, the Project Support Program seeks to increase our specific and intentional efforts on inclusion, equity, and social justice by ensuring that funded activities are reflective of Washington’s people, cultures, traditions, and art production as indicated in our Strategic Plan.

Click on the side menu to for information on funding levels.


Cooperative Partnerships fund organizations that provide services to support artists and arts professionals across the state of Washington.

To learn more about the Cooperative Partnership Program click here





LEVEL A (under $200,000 annual budget OR non arts specific*)
Deadline: March 12, 2018

LEVEL B ($200,000 to $1 million annual budget OR Local Arts Agencies*)
Deadline: April 23, 2018

LEVEL C (over $1 million annual budget*)
Deadline:  May 28, 2018

*extended organization definitions can be found in the guidelines

Deadline: April 2, 2018
Questions about applying to the Cooperative Partnership Program: please contact the Program Manager (info below).

Join us for this teleconference/webinar where we’ll walk you through of the steps to applying for ArtsWA Project Support grants.  The webinar requires that you have access to both a phone line (you’ll call in for the audio) and to a computer with internet capability (for the visuals).


Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Dial-in Number (United States): (605) 472-5590

Access Code: 264035

Online Meeting Link:

Online Meeting ID: artswa

We ask that you plan to call in at least five (5) minutes prior to the webinar to ensure a prompt start. Sound will be via telephone, webinar via your computer.

During the webinar, we will review key components of the application guidelines, the review criteria, and the application process.

To get the most out of this discussion, we encourage you to review the guidelines and criteria prior to the call, and we recommend that you have these documents in front of you (in hard copy or on your computer) during the call.

Recent Grants

Applications submitted for Project Support grants in Fiscal Year 2018 (small, mid-sized, large arts organizations and cooperative partnerships) were reviewed and ranked via a panel process in June and July 2017 and were approved at the Board of Commissioners in August. Click on the link below to see full list of last round of grantees.

Last Cycle Grantees:

FY18 Grantees - Full List

For assistance:

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

Grant applications submitted for project support grants to small, mid-sized, and large arts organizations were reviewed and ranked via a panel process in June and July and were approved at the Board of Commissioners meeting, in August. Click on the links below to view the lists of grant recipients.

- See more at: grantees must submit a Final Report as the last contractual requirement for receiving the grant. The filing deadline is August 1, 2015  

For assistance:

Miguel Guillén, Program Manager:, 360-586-0424
or Anna Marie Ortiz, Administrative Assistant,, 360-586-0026

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