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2023-2025 BUILDING FOR THE ARTS PACKAGE

The Department of Commerce has recommended 32 projects across 14 counties and 17 legislative districts for the 2023-2025 biennium, requesting $18M in the Washington State Capital Budget. This is the largest Building for the Arts package in the program’s 30+ year history, with wide geographic representation. All projects have demonstrated sound planning and fiscal solvency and will bring both positive economic and social impacts to their communities.

To learn more about the program and the economic impacts of the slate of 32 projects for the 2023-2025 biennium, visit our one-pager.

To learn more about a selection of projects, visit our project packet.

If you would like to learn more about any of the projects, the program, or help advocate for Building for the Arts, please reach out to Katy Corella, Programs & Advocacy Manager at katycorella[at]artsfund.org.

 

2021-2023 BUILDING FOR THE ARTS PACKAGE FULLY APPROVED

 

On May 18, 2021 Governor Inslee signed the 2021-2023 Capital Budget into law. This budget included full funding for the biennium’s Building for the Arts package of 21 projects spanning Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Thurston counties. Congratulations to the grant recipients!

Learn more about the projects here.

To see the 2021-2023 project summary and economic impacts, click here.

For more information, view our press release here.

 


GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Building for the Arts grant cycle is based on the Washington State Biennium and is administered by the Department of Commerce. For further program details, visit the Building for the Arts page on the Department of Commerce website by clicking here.

Applications for the 2023-2025 Building for the Arts Grant closed at the end of June 2022. The next application cycle will begin in Spring 2024. Check the Department of Commerce website for important dates and application guidelines here.

 


ABOUT BUILDING FOR THE ARTS

Together 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 $129 million for more than 262 capital projects across Washington State. ArtsFund serves on the program’s advisory board and leads the effort to ensure legislative appropriations.

 


PREVIOUS GRANT CYCLES AND NEWS

2022

  • During the legislative session, HB1647 passed, making historic changes to the Building for the Arts program. The changes included increasing total funds available for projects per biennium to $18M (up from $12M) and set the project match from the state at 33.3% (up from 20%).

2019-2021

  • On May 21, 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a capital budget with full funding for the 2019-2021 Building for the Arts Projects. To read the press release, please visit 2017-2019 Building for the Arts Press Release.
  • Learn more about the projects here.

2017-2019

  • On January 19, 2018 the Washington State Legislature passed a capital budget with full funding for the 2017-2019 Building for the Arts Projects. To read the press release, please visit 2017-2019 Building for the Arts Press Release.
  • Learn more about the projects here.

2015-2017

 

For more information, please contact Katy Corella at (206) 508-0299 or katycorella@artsfund.org.