ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making.


A community with a dynamic and world-class arts and cultural sector where the arts are accessible to all and valued as central and critical to a healthy society.


We Ignite Passion for the Arts. We believe arts and culture inspire, empower, and transform individuals and communities.

We Promote Equitable and Inclusive Communities. We believe the arts should be accessible to all and reflect, represent, and engage the entire community.

We Innovate through Collaboration and Leadership. We believe our impact and relevance, and that of the arts sector, are deepened though continuous learning, creative leadership, and strategic partnerships.


For over four decades, ArtsFund has strengthened the community by raising funds from individuals and businesses to support the region’s nonprofit arts sector through grants and other organizational assistance. Through its widely respected allocations process, ArtsFund has distributed more than $73 million in grants to a broad range of more than 70 arts groups in a wide variety of disciplines and scales throughout King and Pierce Counties. Thanks to the gifts from companies and individuals, in 2015 ArtsFund awarded grants totaling more than $2.4 million. ArtsFund’s grants provide general operating support—typically the most difficult yet critical funding for arts groups to access.

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Programs and Initiatives

ArtsFund is a respected voice and central advocate for the arts on the local, regional, state and national levels, and serves as the fiscal agent for several sector wide initiatives. ArtsFund is committed to helping develop the next generation of community and civic leaders and offers a nonprofit board leadership training course as well as ongoing convenings for the cultural sector.  ArtsFund’s cash grants, capacity building, and other services make arts groups stronger so they can serve this region and make it a great place to live, work, raise a family and run a business.


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ArtsFund is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, federal tax ID# 91-0839644


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ARTSFUND Strategic Vision

ArtsFund has been strengthening the Puget Sound Region through support of the arts since 1969. An update to the 2013 strategic plan, the ArtsFund 2017-2018 Strategic Plan provides a framework by which we will increase understanding of the role of the arts in building healthy communities, activate support for the arts, and grow our organization. ArtsFund will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. The 2017-2018 Strategic Plan aligns our mission and vision with our values and goals, and positions ArtsFund to move into the next 50 years. 2017-2018 Strategic Plan PDF >>  

“We all benefit from a vibrant arts community, and we all therefore have an obligation to sustain our arts community in whatever ways we can, and not only through financial contributions.”

– Stellman Keehnel
Partner, DLA Piper