ArtsFund distributes grants in several ways, including our general support allocations grants and additional grant programs.

Please see the descriptions below for key dates, eligibility criteria, and appropriate contact information for each program. Email or call 206-281-9050 with general questions about grants.

Current Grant Opportunities

Youth Arts Opportunity Fund (YAOF) Grants

Organizations that are currently members of ArtsFund’s Cultural Partners Network and have substantial programs that provide arts opportunities for underserved youth populations (grades K – 12) are invited to apply for funding.

The Youth Arts Opportunity Fund aims to increase access to and participation in meaningful, robust, sustained arts experiences for youth with low socioeconomic status or who have historically lacked access to arts programs. The Fund provides flexible operating funds to arts organizations that demonstrate an authentic commitment to this work.

Grants from the Fund will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and will be for general operating support. As funding is limited, organizations that apply to the Youth Arts Opportunity Fund are not guaranteed an award and will be considered on an annual basis. In 2022, 53 organizations applied for funding and 30 received awards. Grantee budgets ranged in size from under $100,000 to over $5,000,000.

Applicants will be asked a combination of short and long-answer questions focusing on:

• Population of students served
• Youth program-related expenses for fiscal years ending in 2021 and 2022.
• Programs offered and measurements of success

Organizations will be evaluated on:

• philosophical approach to the work
• commitment to engaging youth, based on resources dedicated to these activities, program design and program evaluations

Key Dates: the link to apply was sent out to the Cultural Partners on July 24,2023. The deadline to apply for 2023 grants is on 5:00pm PT on August 18, 2023.

For assistance or questions about the Youth Arts Opportunity Fund, please contact

Click here for a list of 2022 YAOF grant recipients.

Closed Grant Opportunities

Annual Allocations Grants

ArtsFund’s Annual Allocations Grants support organizational health and strengthen the Puget Sound arts ecosystem. Application is by invitation only, and organizations must meet minimum eligibility requirements for funding consideration. Invitations for the 2023 cycle were sent out in January, with awards issued in June.  Invitations for the next cycle will go out in early 2024.
These unrestricted grants enable grant recipients to invest the funds where needed most to advance their missions. ArtsFund’s allocations are awarded by a panel of public, private, and corporate grantmaking experts who engage with ArtsFund in a thorough vetting process, evaluating application materials and interviewing the leadership of arts groups. Applications are evaluated in alignment with ArtsFund’s strategic framework with the goal of advancing organizational health, youth and family engagement, and equity and inclusion throughout the arts sector.  
Invitations for the 2023 cycle were sent out in January, with awards issued in June. ArtsFund recently implemented a new multi-year cycle for allocations grants, meaning that groups only need to submit applications in the first year of their three-year grant cycle. Groups that are not required to submit an application were asked to complete an interim report, which was sent out in March. For more information about ArtsFund allocations grants, contact or visit the Annual Allocations announcement here.

Community Accelerator Grants

ArtsFund is thrilled to announce a new grantmaking program, the Community Accelerator Grant, a historic investment in Washington’s arts and culture sector. This program is open to Washington State-based arts and cultural organizations, 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. To learn more about the Community Accelerator Grant, visit the Community Accelerator Grant page.

Nonprofit Community Relief (NCR) Grants

In 2021, ArtsFund, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, administered $10,780,000 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grants. Grants were distributed statewide, providing critical COVID-19 pandemic recovery relief to nonprofits across Washington state. All funds were distributed by June 30, 2021.

For more information, visit the NCR Grant Page.

For additional questions about the Nonprofit Community Recovery Grants please contact

COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Grants

ArtsFund, along with a coalition of anchor arts and cultural organizations, created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund in 2020 to help stabilize the sector with unrestricted grants for arts organizations impacted by the global pandemic. The ArtsFund Foundation seeded the fund with $1 million and additional gifts and from donors pushed the total to $3.2 million. The COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund is no longer distributing grants. For more information about this closed program, visit the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund page.

50th Anniversary Grants

In celebration of our 50th anniversary year, ArtsFund allocated $100,000 in grants in 2020 to five regional arts and cultural nonprofits. These $20,000 unrestricted grants were awarded in recognition of regional arts organizations’ demonstrated and future impacts advancing ArtsFund’s mission of strengthening community through the arts. To read more about ArtsFund’s 50th Anniversary grants, click here.

Creative Equity Fund

ArtsFund supports and participates in the Creative Equity Fund, which was launched in 2018 to support community organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) that are using arts and culture to build racial justice in King County.

Creative Equity Fund supports arts and culture-based strategies that address the structural racism impacting our communities and build racial justice. For 2021/2022, the Creative Equity Fund aims to direct a total of $600,000 to support arts and cultural groups and other community-based organizations located within King County which are actively using arts and culture-based strategies to work toward racial justice. This current round of funding will focus on making grants to organizations most directly impacted by structural racism and colonization, those that are led by and serve Black and Indigenous people.

Creative Equity Fund is administered by Seattle Foundation and made possible thanks to the generous support from a collection of funders, including ArtsFund, 4Culture, Macklemore, Microsoft, Satterberg Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and individual philanthropists.

To learn more about the Creative Equity Fund, visit the Seattle Foundation website. For additional questions about the Creative Equity Fund, please contact Jonathan Cunningham at