Only in Seattle Newsletter – August 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Invitation to summertime social – Peer Networking at Tai Tung;
  • SODO’s track mural is the longest in the world;
  • Ballard’s Sidewalk Sale is this weekend;
  • Funding opportunities for business districts;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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2018 Grant Updates

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture grant program, which has been investing in the arts and cultural community for over 40 years, will see significant changes in 2018 and 2019 as the City transitions to a new online Citywide grant platform. Grant programs will continue to be available including CityArtists Projects, Civic Partners, Arts in Parks, Neighborhood & Community Arts, smART ventures, Youth Arts, and Cultural Facilities Fund.

Investing in a new platform that will produce a better experience for applicants and aligns with race and social justice values by providing more equity in opportunities for artists and communities of color, is a major undertaking for ARTS and the City. 2018 will be a year of transition while this new platform is built and grant program staff continue to research and test innovative ideas based on community feedback from underserved and underrepresented community stakeholders.

While the new grant platform is being built, ARTS’ current grant platform, CultureGrants Online (CGO) will no longer be supported by WESTAF – as of June 30, 2018. This means that:

  • a number of grants will be hosted on interim platforms
  • organizations and individuals who have application material in the CGO system, will need to save application materials. ARTS will offer workshops and webinars to help guide you through this process.

For additional information on each program please see below.

Grant Program Application Dates  

Program Manager


Arts in Parks 2019


Scheduled to open August 2018  

Jenny Crooks


Civic Partners 2019 Currently funded organizations will have their funding extend through 2019. New organizations interested in 2019 funding will be able to apply in early 2019.


Kathy Hsieh
CityArtist Projects 2019 Scheduled to open May 2018  

Irene Gómez


Cultural Facilities Fund 2018 More information available April 2018  

Matthew Richter


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Facilities Grant Ongoing, no changes Amanda Licorish
Neighborhood &

Community Arts


Scheduled to open August 2018 Jenny Crooks
Youth Arts 2018 – 2019 More information available April 2018 Kristi Woo
smART Ventures 2018 Ongoing, no changes  

Jenny Crooks


Please let us know additional ways ARTS can help as we navigate these changes with you. As always we welcome your feedback and input.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 2016 grant schedule

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is investing over $1M in cultural program grants in 2016. These grants expand public access to arts and cultural organizations, develop and renovate arts spaces, support community festivals, individual artists and youth programs and foster innovative projects. For more information about our grants visit

Grant and application opening dates for 2016

Work Readiness Arts Program 2016, application dates February 16 – March 31
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old.

CityArtist Projects 2017, application dates May 25 – July 20
Provides funding for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The 2017 cycle will award grants to artists working in dance/choreography, music/composition and theater/performance/scriptwriting.

Cultural Facilities 2016-17, application dates June 20 – September 1
Supports Seattle-based arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation or new facility projects.

Neighborhood & Community Arts 2016, application dates August 16 – October 19
Supports Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.

smART Ventures 2016, application dates ongoing
Provides support ranging from $500 to $1,000, to individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs.