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With The Boeing Company, ArtsFund created the Building for the Arts program in 1991 to help direct State funds to strong nonprofit arts capital projects all around Washington. Soon after its creation, the legislature assigned administration of the program to the State office of Community Trade and Economic Development. Legislators found the program so effective that they cloned it for other program areas.

ArtsFund works with the State to fund arts capital projects around Washington, and has secured over $89 million for more than 200 capital projects throughout Washington State. ArtsFund serves on the program’s advisory board and leads the effort to ensure legislative appropriations.

The 2016 grant applications closed on June 23rd, and the Building for the Arts Advisory Board has reviewed these applications and recommended projects for funding. ArtsFund is now helping leading the efforts of the coalition of funds-seeking organizations through the legislative process.

To learn more about the projects recommended for funding in the 2017-2019 budget cycle, see our Building for the Arts 2017-19 one-pager here and our Building for the Arts 2017-2019 Project Packet here.

Applications for the 2019-2021 Building for the Arts Grant will open in Spring 2018.

For more information, please contact Andrew Golden at (206) 788-3048 or

For application instructions and further program details, visit the Building for the Arts page on the Department of Commerce website by clicking here.


2015-2017 Building for the Arts Press Release