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Grants to Washington Arts and Cultural Organizations
to Promote More Inclusive and Accessible Programming

Centering Art and Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) Grant

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City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

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08/10/22 5:00 PM PT


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Grants to Washington arts and cultural organizations in eligible communities for initiatives to promote more inclusive and accessible arts programming. Priority will be given to organizations that utilize an intersectional racial equity lens to implement anti-racist policies. Eligible programs are those that benefit the residents of Seattle.

The Centering Art & Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) grant aims to leverage the collective community action of Seattle’s arts and cultural sector to create a city where all artists, performers, writers and creative workers have the freedom, agency and platform to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences, regardless of race, class, gender, age, ability, education, country of birth, citizenship, religion, and sexual orientation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153178

Term of Contract:

This is a three-year grant. Each recipient will receive funding in calendar years 2023, 2024, and 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations are arts and culture, heritage, and arts service organizations with:
• Their primary location in Seattle
• A mission and programs centered on arts and culture or a culturally specific organization with significant arts and cultural programming
• A minimum three-year history of providing public benefit to Seattle residents
• A Federal Tax ID number (though not required to have 501(c)(3) status)
• A commitment to and action toward being an anti-racist organization through an intersectional lens
• No concurrent funding through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s smART ventures funding program.

C.A.R.E. awards may not be used for:
• Organizations whose primary work is done outside of Seattle
• Events outside of Seattle
• Programs not accessible to the public
• Capital improvements or purchase of equipment
• School, college and university departments or programs which are part of regular or extra-curricular school programs
• Religious services, or events or presentations in which fundraising is the primary purpose.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions:
Session 1 (In-Person)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2-4pm PT

Session 2 (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 10am – 12pm PT

Session 3 (Virtual) ASL-interpreted
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 4 – 6pm PT

Session 4 (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 1 – 3pm PT

Session 5 (Virtual)
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11am – 1pm PT

Session 6 (Virtual)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 1 – 3pm PT

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: August 10, 2022, 5:00pm (PT)

• August 2022: An independent panel of arts administrators and community representatives will participate in a reviewer orientation which includes racial equity and implicit-bias training.
• August - October 2022: The peer panel will review and score applications based on the program’s priorities, eligibility and criteria.
• November 2022: The panel reviewers meet to discuss each application and submit their final rankings.
• December 2022: The Cultural Investments Committee of the Seattle Arts Commission will review final ranking and recommendations and vote to approve.
• January 2023: Applicants are notified whether they have been approved for C.A.R.E. funding or not.
• February 2023: C.A.R.E. funding award amounts for 2023 are finalized pending City budget process. Recipients are notified.
• February – March 2023: Awarded organizations will work with staff to develop a scope of service representing the public benefit connected with the funding.
• 2023 – 2025: Staff will work with awarded organizations to complete necessary paperwork for each calendar year. Payments can only be made after paperwork is received and processed

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For Assistance, Contact:
• Application or Access: Kathy Hsieh at (206) 733-9926 or
• Online Technical Support: Marshonne Walker ( or Margo Robb (

Seattle Arts and Culture
303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor
Seattle, WA , 98104
Phone: (206) 684-7171
Fax: (206) 684-7172

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