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Community Arts Support Program

Grants to Kent, Washington Artists, Community Groups,
and Arts and Cultural Organizations for Arts Programming

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City of Kent Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

10/18/19 5:00 PM Postmarked or Delivered


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Grants to Washington individual artists, community groups, and arts and cultural organizations for art programs that benefit Kent area residents. Funding is intended to encourage, support, and develop community arts activities. Funding may also be used for innovation opportunities and to develop unique services that are outside the scope of the funding source's existing programming.

Public Benefit:

Organizations and individuals receiving funding must provide quantifiable public benefits. This may include special promotional materials to low-income or multi-cultural audiences, reduced cost tickets, free community outreach, plans for physical access to the facility for persons using wheelchairs and plans for program accessibility for audience members with hearing or visual impairment. 

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Proposed projects must take place in Kent or the Kent School District service area.
  • Proposed projects must serve and be accessible to residents of Kent.
  • Proposed projects must show additional sources of revenue or community support. In-kind contributions (i.e. volunteer time and/or donated space, supplies, services are allowed)
  • Independent artists must present new works to the public.
  • Priority will be given to projects that involve Kent-based artists and organizations. However, this priority will not exclude outside organizations when it is determined that their services are not available within Kent or that they will supplement existing programs.

Funds may be used to:

  • Produce performances, exhibits, special events or programs that bring high quality arts experiences to Kent residents.
  • Provide opportunities for independent artists to develop and present new work in all mediums.
  • Improve arts and cultural opportunities for youth, multicultural audiences, seniors and special populations by providing participatory and educational opportunities.
  • Increase access to arts and cultural events by providing discount tickets and/or free educational programs.

Review Criteria can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152400

Estimated Size of Grant:

In 2019, award amounts ranged from $1,000 to $1,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Independent Artists
- Arts and Cultural Organizations of all sizes, including professional and community-based groups
- Community groups involved in arts activities.

Organizations are encouraged to obtain IRS not-for-profit status (501 (c)(3) status), but such status is not required to receive Project Support funding.

Organizations and individuals recommended for funding must meet the following: legal obligations for public benefit, acknowledgement of Kent Arts Commission support, proof of insurance, compliance with laws, completion of contracts, approval of artists and evaluation.

Due to certain City, State and Federal law regulations and established Kent Arts Commission policy, the following are not eligible for funding:
- Purchase of equipment or real property
- Scholarships or tuition assistance
- Projects that have already been completed or partially completed
- General operating support
- Applications from religious or political organizations or institutions
- Events in which fundraising is a primary purpose
- For-profit projects
- Capital construction projects
- Cash awards to individuals
- Projects without additional sources of revenue or community support
- Projects exclusively or primarily benefiting the membership of the organization or those which preclude reasonable access by the general public
- Continuing support (Financial support from the Kent Arts Commission must be considered by all recipients as supplementary to their normal sources of revenue and should not be expected to continue beyond the period of time as defined in any current contractual relationship with the Commission.)

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or delivered by Friday, October 18, 2019.

Applicants may not submit more than one application to the program in one year.

Potential applicants are encouraged to call in advance to discuss their proposed projects. Kent Arts Commission staff will be happy to clarify any restrictions or qualifications in advance so that applications have the best chance for success.

All payments will be made within three (3) weeks of the date services have been rendered and the contractor has completed and submitted all final evaluations.

Contact Information:

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

Mail or deliver applications to:
City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
Cultural Programs Office (3rd floor)
220 4th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032-5895
(253) 856-5050

Please direct all questions regarding the guidelines and funding procedures to:
Ronda Billerbeck
Parks Facility/Program Manager
City of Kent

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Kent