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$10 Million Awarded to 811 Washington Arts and Culture Orgs

Partner Release — May 21 2024


Community Advisory Panel 

A Community Advisory Panel consisting of 16 panelists from around Washington and the U.S. provided recommendations on the application design, outreach, evaluation, and outcome.  

“It has been inspiring to see how the Community Accelerator Grant has reached communities that are often overlooked or challenged to find essential funds for general operations,” said Troy Coalman, Community Advisory Panelist and senior director of donor impact at Wellspring Family Services. "The Community Advisory Panel put a lot of energy into making the process of applying equitable, while still capturing the necessary information to make an informed decision. It is my sincere hope that other funding organizations, and the nonprofit sector as a whole, observe what has been achieved through the Community Accelerator Grant because it exemplifies a direction in philanthropy we should all be considering.” 

Applications were considered based on representation and centering of priority communities, as well as geographic location and overall alignment with the goals of the program in conjunction with the recommendations of the Community Advisory Panel. 

Grantees cite the top uses for the unrestricted funding, in order of priority, are programming; salaries and labor; rent, mortgage and facility upgrades; and communications and marketing, with 85% of organizations citing programming, or salaries and labor, as their top needs. 

The initiative follows several years of pandemic impacts on the arts and culture sector including drops in revenue, challenges with reopening logistics, audience hesitation to return to pre-pandemic levels of cultural participation, and workforce impacts. This second $10 million investment also responds directly to the sector’s current challenges with increased organizational costs as well as revenue and ticket sales disruptions due to economic inflation.

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About ArtsFund 

ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. Founded in 1969, the Seattle-based nonprofit has been building community through the arts for more than 50 years. ArtsFund was originally founded to bring corporate and civic leaders together to help establish and sustain our region’s arts and cultural institutions. Over its grantmaking history, ArtsFund has supported more than 1,000 arts organizations with more than $115 million in grants, and provided valuable leadership and advocacy. Learn more at  

About Paul G. Allen Family Foundation 

Founded in 1988 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation invests in communities across the Pacific Northwest to enhance the human experience of arts & culture, center under-served populations, and mobilize young people to make impact. In addition, the foundation supports a global portfolio of nonprofit partners working across science and technology solutions to protect wildlife, preserve ocean health, and create lasting change. The foundation also funds the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which works to advance cutting-edge research in all areas of bioscience. Learn more at 


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