Community Accelerator Grant Program announcement

ArtsFund announces the Community Accelerator Grant, a program to distribute $10 million to Washington’s arts and culture sector. The new grant, funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, represents one of the largest private philanthropic investments in the nonprofit cultural sector, and will provide critical unrestricted funding to Washington’s arts organizations.

The new program will provide unrestricted grants for cultural nonprofit organizations across Washington State in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. The $10M initiative will open for application in January 2023 to 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. The funds are intended to boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state.

“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,” explained Michael Greer, ArtsFund President and CEO. “As our sector continues to provide broad economic, social, and emotional benefits coming out of COVID, we celebrate the leadership of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in investing in our industry’s future. It’s going to take all of us coming together for long-term stability, and this is an enormous step in that direction.”

“Our shared dedication to a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community begins with investing in diverse arts and culture organizations and the people they serve across our state,” said Jody Allen, co-founder and chair of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “When arts and culture thrive, so does our whole region.”

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