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

Please see the descriptions below for key dates, eligibility criteria, and appropriate contact information for each program. Email info@artsfund.org 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 2021, the Fund provided grants to 25 small, medium, and large organizations.


The application period opened on August 1, with applications due on August 22. Applicants will be asked a combination of 12 short and long-answer questions focusing on:

  • Population of students served
  • Youth program-related expenses for fiscal years ending in 2020 and 2021
  • 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

For assistance or questions about the Youth Arts Opportunity Fund, please contact grants@artsfund.org.

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 2022 cycle were sent out in January, and awards were issued in June.  
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.  
The most recent allocations cycle is now closed. Read a list of ArtsFund’s most recent allocations grant recipients here. For more information about ArtsFund allocations grants, contact grants@artsfund.org. 

Multicultural Arts Project (MAP) Grants

ArtsFund Multicultural Arts Project grants are directed at diverse arts and cultural organizations.  Application is by invitation only, and organizations must meet minimum eligibility requirements for funding consideration. The most recent grant cycle is now closed. 

ArtsFund’s Multicultural Arts Project supports culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse arts and cultural groups throughout the Central Puget Sound Region. Grant recipients have used funds for programs connecting communities, creating broader access to the arts, paying artists, and general operating support. To learn about the latest round of MAP grantees, click here.

For more information about the Multicultural Arts Project, contact grants@artsfund.org.

Nonprofit Community Relief (NCR) Grants

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 will be distributed before June 30, 2021.  

For more information, visit artsfund.org/NCRGrants.

For additional questions about the Nonprofit Community Recover Grants please contact NCRgrants@artsfund.org.


Creative Equity Fund

The current round of Creative Equity 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 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 3work 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.

For additional questions about the Creative Equity Fund, please contact Jonathan Cunningham at j.cunningham@seattlefoundation.org.

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 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. For more information about this closed program, visit artsfund.org/covid-19-relief-fund.

50th Anniversary Grants

In celebration of our 50th anniversary year, ArtsFund allocated $100,000 in grants 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.