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Art Grant Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits for Arts Projects
for Youth and the Underserved in Eligible Regions

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Pierce County Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

01/24/20 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations for projects that provide arts activities and experiences for youth or disadvantaged communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended to provide arts programming, experiences, and education to lower-income youth who live in Pierce County but outside the city limits of Tacoma, or to areas of Pierce County that are underserved by arts and cultural activities.

Grant categories: 

  • Student musical instruments
  • Performance arts
  • Other arts disciplines

Applications will be evaluated by the Arts Commission using a variety of criteria, including the following:

  • Artistic merit of proposed project.
  • Reach and breadth of the project
  • Provision of art programs/services to areas of Pierce County where such services are limited or unavailable
  • Professional artists who are paid reasonable fees for services
  • Demonstrated managerial capability of the organization.
  • Contributed and earned revenues beyond funding requested from Pierce County Arts Commission.
  • Demonstrated community support for the project and/or organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148920

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects are to be completed by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant must be a tax-exempt organization incorporated as a Washington State non-profit corporation under Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination and located in Pierce County but outside the city limits of Tacoma.
- Pierce County is committed to a policy of equal opportunity regardless of race; religion; color; national origin; age; gender; physical, mental, or sensory disability; or veteran status.

Commission funds may not be used to:
- Fund capital improvements, purchase equipment or real property, or support administrative costs not directly associated with the project.
- Cover costs incurred prior to the effective date of the contract.
- Fund events intended as fundraisers for any organization or person.
- Fund performance art events for which an admission fee is charged.
- Pay for services before they occur. Funds will be disbursed when the project is completed and the required final report and evaluation forms have been submitted and accepted.
- Pay for food or alcohol served at a private or community event.
- Pay students for artistic services.
- Fund scholarships

Funding will not be awarded for ticket subsidies or for any transportation costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted by email or mail until January 24, 2020 by 4:00 PM. Successful applicants will be notified by February 24, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send applications by mail or delivery:
Attn: Pierce County Arts Commission
Pierce County Economic Development Department
950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 720
Tacoma, WA 98402

By email:

For more information on this program, please contact:

Kathy Sorgenfrei, Administrative Program Manager
(253) 798-6150

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