Community Accelerator Grant

ArtsFund is thrilled to announce a new grantmaking program, the Community Accelerator Grant, a historic investment in Washington’s arts and culture sector.

Info Session: ArtsFund will host an info session for all interested organizations on Friday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the form of a webinar. Staff will provide detailed information on eligibility as well as a review of the application and application process. Application questions, as well as a recording of the info session, will be available on the ArtsFund website after the fact. Click here to register!

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What Is It

Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the 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

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


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.

Learn More

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