ArtsFund's Community Accelerator Grant: What You Need To Know

Nov 29 2022

Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund's Community Accelerator Grant program will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington state in amounts of $2,500 to $25,000.

Funding will provide essential capital to Washington’s cultural organizations, including fiscally sponsored and tribal organizations, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities. Awards will be unrestricted, allowing recipient organizations to utilize funding in ways that they determine and prioritize for highest impact.

Who Is Eligible?

This program is open to Washington State-based arts and cultural organizations with a 3-year average budget of $25,000 or greater, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities. Eligibility includes organizations with their own 501(c)(3) status, fiscally sponsored organizations, and tribal organizations.

When Will It Open?

The grant program will open to applicants in January 2023 with distribution expected in Q1 2023. Information sessions will be offered to qualified organizations to support their engagement; dates and details will be announced in the coming months.

How Will It Work?

This ArtsFund-administered program will be informed by a Community Advisory Panel that will represent geographic and demographic diversity. The panel will work to ensure decision-making is as close to the impacted communities as possible.

Jane Broom, Microsoft Corporation
Katie Carter, Pride Foundation
Manny Cawaling, Inspire Washington
Troy Coalman, Wellspring
Lorin Dunlop, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Phila Engaged Giving
Ginger Ewing, Terrain
Karen Hanan, ArtsWA
Molly Sanchez, Innovia Foundation
Beth Takekawa, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (retired)
Shelly Wynecoop, Spokane Arts

Why the Community Accelerator Grant? 

The Community Accelerator Grant will invest in a stronger, more inclusive and thriving arts and cultural sector for Washington State by allowing organizations to self-determine how best to utilize their funding. The funds are intended to boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state.

More info at ArtsFund