Washington Festivals & Events grant
Washington Festivals & Events grant
Photo courtesy of Northwest Folklife Festival, May 2019.

Washington Festivals & Events grant

The Washington Festival & Events grant is now closed.

Applications closed on Friday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, WFEA:

☎ | 360-441-7190

✉︎ | bruce@wfea.org

About this grant

Washington Festival and Events Association, in partnership with ArtsWA and the Washington State Department of Commerce, is pleased to offer a Festival and Events Grant Program. This program supports “legacy-level” community events, including:

  • festivals
  • civic and holiday celebrations
  • cultural and heritage events
  • music festivals
  • street and art fairs

What does “Legacy-level” mean?

“Legacy-level” refers to events that have taken place in the community for five or more years and draw visitors.

What kind of “Communities” are eligible?

For the purposes of this grant, “Communities” are defined as a geographic area with less than 100,000 residents according to the 2020 census and not part of, or located within, the 10 cities above this threshold (Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Everett, Tacoma, Vancouver, Spokane and Spokane Valley).

What does this grant fund?

Funding supports events in communities of less than 100,000 residents (based on the 2020 Census). Grants are designed to either restart and stabilize “legacy-level” festival and events suspended in 2020 and 2021, recover from disruptions and losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or both.

Covered expenses include deposits on infrastructure (security, temporary fencing, staging, lights, sound equipment, etc.) and staff and labor costs. Grants range from $5,000 to $35,000. Award amounts are based on need and demonstrated losses.

Funding amounts

  • Grants will range from $5,000 to $35,000, based on need and demonstrated losses.

Important dates

  • Application period: June 8 – July 1, 2022
  • Deadline July 1, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification of grant award: on a rolling basis and by July 25, 2022
  • When funds will be distributed: on a rolling basis and by October 31, 2022
  • Final report due: January 2, 2023

Application information

How to apply:

Applications are submitted through our online grant platform, Submittable, until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications are open June 8, 2022, through July 1, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.

Contact us

Questions? Please contact Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, WFEA:

☎ | 360-441-7190

✉︎ | bruce@wfea.org

About Washington Festival and Events Association

The Washington Festivals & Events Association (WFEA) is a corporation dedicated to promoting the common business interests of the festivals and events industry in Washington State. The Association seeks to assist members and the special event industry to improve and advance industry standards by providing professional and leadership development, and technical assistance state-wide for the festivals & events industry.

About ArtsWA

ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission. The Arts Commission is a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state.

About the Washington State Department of Commerce

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s mission is to strengthen communities in Washington.


Let us know if individuals involved with your organization also have an affiliation with WFEA, ArtsWA, or the Washington State Department of Commerce such as staff, commissioners, consultants, contractors, current grant panelists, or the immediate family members, etc. If you have an affiliation, please reach out to Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, WFEA, at 360-441-7190 or bruce@wfea.org.


Unsuccessful applicants may appeal in accordance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 30.12.036, found here.