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2020 Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA) Program Grant

Grants to Seattle, Washington Neighborhood Arts Councils and
Community Groups to Host Arts and Cultural Events and Festivals

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Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

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Deadline Date:

10/22/19 11:00 PM PST


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Grants of $1,300 to Seattle, Washington neighborhood arts councils and community groups to host arts and cultural events and festivals. Funding is intended to support previously produced, recurring projects that are open to the public. Grants will support direct project expenses that include marketing and promotional fees, artist fees, supplies, project management and personnel costs, food-related costs, equipment rentals, and other production-related costs.

The Office of Arts & Culture's Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) Program supports creativity at a grassroots level by investing in recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate diversity, build community connections, and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods or cultural communities through arts and culture. 

The City’s investment is aimed at creating broad public access to a rich array of meaningful arts opportunities while supporting a healthy and diverse cultural community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175584

Number of Grants:

For reference purposes, the program will provide 40 groups with funding in 2019.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funded organizations will receive two (2) years of NCA funding support at $1,300 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place / be presented no earlier than January 1, 2020 and produced in 2020 and 2021.

Funded organizations will receive two (2) years of NCA funding support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant must:

- Be a neighborhood arts council or local community-based group serving diverse cultures and neighborhoods that have been in existence for at least one year at the time of application. Groups representing under-resourced communities including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply;
- Have a Federal Tax ID number and be based in the city of Seattle. Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent;
- Not be concurrently funded through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's Civic Partners, CityArtist, smART ventures, or Neighborhood & Community Arts funding programs. Applicants may receive funding via Arts in Parks, Cultural Facilities Fund and/or Youth Arts and be eligible to receive funding in this program but it must be for distinct projects.

Project eligibility: Projects must take place within the City of Seattle, and must have insurance.

This funding may not be used for:

- Events not accessible to the public;
- Religious services;
- Events or presentations in which fundraising is the primary purpose;
- Gifts;
- Organization's administrative costs not directly related to the project;
- Purchase of equipment or software;
- Food-related costs above the allowable 10%.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops will take place as follows::

- Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:30-7pm
Southwest Branch Library
9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

- Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5:30-7pm
ARTS at King Street Station
303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

- Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11am-12:30pm
Lake City Branch Library
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

- Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11am-12:30pm
Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Attendance Is free. RSVP is requested but not required.

Pre-Application Information:


- Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 11 p.m. PST
- End of October 2019: Following the deadline, an independent peer panel of artists, community representatives, and event producers will participate in a racial equity and implicit bias training.
- November: The peer panel will review and score applications according to the program eligibility.
- Early December: The peer panel meets to discuss each application in relation to the program criteria.
- Mid- December: The Seattle Arts Commission will review final recommendations and vote to approve.
- End of December: Applicants are notified whether they have been recommended for funding.
- Jan – Dec 2020: Partners produce their events and submit their reporting documents to receive funding.
- Jan – Dec 2021: Partners produce their 2nd year events and submit their reporting documents to receive funding.

You may submit only one application per year to this program. Eligible applicants may submit applications for distinct projects to both Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) and Arts in Parks program (AIP) as long as the projects meet the respective guidelines and eligibility. If a single project qualifies for both AIP & NCA funding, the application may be submitted for both programs but will only receive funding from one of them.

Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Jenny Crooks, Project Manager
Phone:(206) 684-7084

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor
Seattle, WA , 98104
Phone: 206-684-7171

Mailing Address:
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Seattle