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Community Accelerator Grant

ArtsFund is pleased to partner with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation on the second round of funding for the Community Accelerator Grant, a $10 million investment in Washington State’s arts and culture sector. The program, now in its second year, will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington state. The first year of the program awarded 671 grants, reaching 35 out of Washington’s 39 counties. Funding will provide essential capital to Washington’s cultural organizations, including fiscally sponsored organizations and tribal entities, whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and cultural activities. The funds are intended to boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state.

Read the press release.

The Community Accelerator Grant is now open!

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on March 5. Please review the resources below, including FAQs and eligibility, before applying. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the grantmaking team to learn more.

Informational Webinar

The Community Accelerator Grant informational webinar walks interested applicants through the application process, offers insight into eligibility changes for Year 2, highlights updates to this year’s application, and provides an opportunity for a question-and-answer session with ArtsFund staff.

Accessibility:

ASL interpretation
Visual descriptions
Auto-generated closed captioning*

*This webinar recording features professional captioning in English, and will soon include closed-captioned translations in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, French, Portuguese, and Korean on or before February 7, 2024.

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TRANSLATIONS

The Community Accelerator Grant application, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and Demographic Data Use Statement have been translated into 8 languages. The virtual info session will be recorded and captioned in these same languages, with recordings available on or before February 7, 2024.

Français
Pour télécharger la demande de subvention en français, cliquez ici. Pour télécharger la FAQ du programme en français, cliquez ici. Déclaration relative à l’utilisation des données démographiques

Webinaire d’information

한국어
한국어로 보조금 신청서를 다운로드하려면 여기를 클릭하세요. 한국어로 된 프로그램 관련 자주 묻는 질문을 다운로드하려면 여기를 클릭하세요. 인구통계데이터 사용 정책

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人口统计数据使用说明

信息网络研讨会

Português
Para descarregar o formulário de candidatura ao subsídio em Português Europeu, clique aqui. Para descarregar as Perguntas Frequentes do programa em Português Europeu, clique aqui. Declaração de utilização de dados demográficos

Webinar público de informações

Русский
Чтобы загрузить заявку на получение гранта на Русский, нажмите здесь. Чтобы загрузить часто задаваемые вопросы о программе на Русский, нажмите здесь.
Положение «Об использовании демографических данных»

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Español
Para descargar la solicitud de subvención en Español, haga clic aquí. Para descargar las preguntas frecuentes sobre el programa en Español, haga clic aquí.
Declaración sobre el uso de los datos demográficos

Seminario web de información pública

Tagalog
Upang i-download ang aplikasyon para sa grant sa Tagalog, i-click ito. Upang i-download ang FAQ ng programa sa Tagalog, i-click ito. Pahayag sa Paggamit ng Demograpikong Datos

Webinar para sa pampublikong impormasyon

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WHAT IS IT

Funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Year 2 of 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 provides 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 are unrestricted, allowing recipient organizations to utilize funding in ways that they determine and prioritize for highest impact. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

The Community Accelerator Grant is intended to fund Washington State’s arts and culture sector. 501(c)(3) public charities, organizations fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 public charity, and state or federally recognized tribal entities are eligible to apply. In addition, organizations must:

• Have a primary mission to produce or support arts and cultural activities.

• Have existed for three or more years.

• Have an average annual operating budget of $25,000 or greater over FY2022, FY2023, and FY2024 (budgeted).

Applicants considered ineligible include:

• Individuals

• Private foundations

• For-profit organizations

• Political advocacy organizations

• Organizations located outside of Washington State

• Churches and religious organizations

• Government entities, except tribal governments

All organizations, including new applicants and 2023 applicants, will be reviewed for eligibility in 2024. Organizations that were not eligible in 2023 may be eligible in 2024, depending on circumstance. Eligibility for the 2023 grant does not guarantee eligibility in 2024.

To learn more about eligibility, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

FAQs

Please click here to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

HOW TO APPLY

The Community Accelerator Grant application is now open. Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2024.

A recording of the informational webinar on the eligibility parameters and application process is available above.

Preview the application here.

Accessibility

The virtual info session in January 2024 incorporated the following accessibility features: ASL interpretation, visual descriptions, and live ASR captions. A professionally captioned recording of the info session will be available on our website on or before February 7, 2024.

The application portal will be tested for screen reader compatibility. A PDF of the application is available for download here.

If you have any additional access needs or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the grantmaking team at accelerator@artsfund.org or via phone (see Learn More).

WHEN WILL GRANTS BE ISSUED

Grants will be issued by June 30, 2024.

HOW WILL IT WORK

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

WHY

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

You can reach ArtsFund’s grantmaking team via email at accelerator@artsfund.org. Please allow up to 5 business days for a response. Starting on January 25, you can also reach the grantmaking team by calling the Community Accelerator Grant phone line at (206) 210-4670. This line will be staffed at the following hours:

Mondays*           10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesdays            2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays        10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

*Excluding Presidents’ Day, February 19

To sign up to learn more about the program as information is released, please continue below:

 

2023 Community Accelerator Grant

See the press release announcing the 2023 grantees here.

View the list of 2023 grantees here.

Case Studies

View the 2023 Community Accelerator Grant case studies.