MusicWorks4Veterans jam session at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub. Photo by Karen McClain, MW4V Team Member.

Self-directed Art Practice (SAP) Grant

About this grant

This grant supports U.S. military-connected individuals. SAP grant funds help you find your voice and pursue personal growth through the arts.

Research shows the benefits of a committed arts practice. They help military-connected individuals transition to civilian life by promoting independence and creativity. They also relieve stress and anxiety.

The SAP grant provides one-time grants of $3,000 to $5,000. These grants pay for costs associated with taking time (up to four weeks) to practice art.

Applicants must provide:

  • an art practice plan
  • 3 art samples
  • a simple budget that shows how time and funds will be used


  • Application open: December 19, 2022
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2023, 5:00 p.m.
  • Notifications sent: February 15, 2023

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Self-directed Art Practice (SAP) Grant, you must be one of the following:

  • a U.S. military active-duty service member, guardsman, reservist, or veteran
  • a spouse or registered domestic partner of a U.S. military active-duty service member, guardsman, reservist, or veteran
  • a child (at least 18 years old) of a U.S. military active-duty service member, guardsman, reservist, or veteran

In addition, you must:

  • be a current Washington State resident
  • be pursuing an art practice (Visual arts, literary arts, dance, music, theatre, media arts*, traditional/folk arts)
  • have an SWV (Statewide Vendor) number to receive grant funds from the state. An SWV number is not required to apply but must be registered and up to date before funds are given. An SWV number can take up to three weeks to be assigned. If you have received payment from Washington State in the past, it is likely you already have an SWV number. You can check on the status of your SWV number by using the vendor number lookup. 

* For the purposes of this grant, “media arts” can mean projects presented through film, television, radio, audio, video, the internet, interactive and mobile technologies as an artistic medium, video games, immersive and multi-platform storytelling, and satellite streaming.

Required document(s)

Upload the appropriate document to confirm your military connection:

U.S. military active-duty service member, guardsman, reservist:

  • Department of Defense Identification Card—Common Access Card (CAC) or a Uniformed Services ID Card

U.S. military veteran: 

  • DD-214, or State-issued ID (driver’s license) with a Veteran designation,  or VA-issued Veteran ID Card

Spouse or child of U.S. military active-duty service member, guardsman, reservist: 

  • Department of Defense Dependent ID Card

Spouse of U.S. military veteran:

  • Veteran documentation (DD-214 and/or VA ID Card) and marriage certificate

Child of U.S. military veteran: 

  • Veteran documentation (DD-214 and/or VA ID Card) AND birth certificate. Applicant must submit copy of marriage certificate if veteran is a stepparent not listed on birth certificate.

Eligible uses for grant funds:

  • Use of funds: Grant recipients must use the funds for costs incurred from March 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2023. ArtsWA can make no exceptions to this deadline.
  • Reimbursement: This is a reimbursement grant. Grant recipients can submit up to three reimbursement requests during the four-week period of their approved plan or submit one request for the full amount of the grant after completing the project. ArtsWA will send full reimbursement instructions at the time of grant award.
  • Documentation: Grant recipients must track expenses, keep clear and precise records and receipts, and provide additional appropriate and timely documentation if requested.
  • Final report: Grant recipients must complete a questionnaire about their experience by July 31, 2023.

These grants pay for costs associated with taking time (up to four weeks) to practice art. These costs could include:

  • in-state travel
  • artist workshop or retreat fees
  • art supplies
  • childcare

Grant funds may NOT be used for:

  • Travel outside of Washington State
  • Contest fees
  • Tuition assistance for college, university or other formal course of study that generates course credit
  • Purchase of permanent equipment ($5,000 and up) or real property
  • Costs and/or activities outside the current grant period (March 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023)
  • Costs and/or activities that have occurred prior to the period designated by the grant guidelines
  • Previous losses incurred by the individual
  • Costs and/or activities that have already received state appropriations (for example, an applicant may not use these grants funds for costs that are already being funded by a different state agency)

Grant applications can be completed and submitted online at any time between the morning of December 19, 2022 and January 31, 2023 at 5:00 pm PST.

We will make no exceptions regarding the application deadline.


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 if you are connected to the internet. The application does not need to be completed in one sitting.

After the closing date of January 31, 2023, applications will be reviewed, and final determinations will be made. Applicants will be notified of their application status, as well as next steps, on or by February 15, 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:

Bryan Bales, WAM Program Manager at 360-468-0888 or 

Daniya Baisubanova, WAM Program Specialist at 360-252-9979 or