Donor Name: City of Tacoma
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $6,000 or $3,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
The Tacoma Arts Commission is committed to investing in communities most impacted by racial, social, and economic inequity. This includes emerging and grassroots groups directly serving their communities and collaborations between organizations. The intention of these funding priorities is to foster programming that addresses historic and structural inequities, as they work toward justice for all.
An applicant’s proposed project does not need to meet any of the Funding Priorities listed below to be considered for funding. But, as part of the funding allocation process, the panel will prioritize funding for applicants or projects that meet one or more of the following:
- Organizations, projects, or strategies that primarily give voice to racial justice and/or social justice
- Organizations, projects, or strategies that primarily give voice to economically or socio-economically marginalized communities
- Organizations, projects, or strategies that primarily give voice to LGBTQIA+ communities
- Organizations, projects, or strategies that primarily give voice to people with disabilities
- Organizations whose primary intentions, practices, and mission are by, for, and about people of the global majority / Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) / African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American (ALAANA) communities
- Organizations who will use Community Arts Projects funding to directly pay people of the global majority / Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) / African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American (ALAANA) collaborators to create work that is central to the project
- Projects that will address emergent community needs.
Applicants can apply for a set amount of either $6,000 or $3,000 for their project.
- ensuring that the artistic project is accessible to a broad range of community members
- covering admission costs so the public can access the project either for free or at a reduced cost
- providing cultural experiences that are not otherwise available to residents of Tacoma
- projects that are responsive to an emergent community need
- allowing the public to access and witness the creation of new artistic work
- serving historically underserved neighborhoods or communities
- producing artistic work that intersects with other shared community goals, such as environmental justice, community safety, workforce development, and supports for mental and physical health.
Projects must take place in Tacoma and can happen anytime between January 1 – December 31, 2024.
Uses of funds
This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, events, workshops, experiences, festivals, performances, or other projects that are accessible to the general public – either in-person and/or virtually.
You are eligible to apply if you answer ‘YES’ to one of these:
- Are you a 501(c) non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of Washington State and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (i.e. 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4))?
- Are you an organized group of people working together for a specific mission or purpose, with an organizational bank account? This can include a fiscally sponsored group. Submissions must come from an organized group, not an individual.
- Are you a for-profit business, with a Federal Tax ID number (EIN), looking to produce a community arts project that is non-profit in nature? This means that the project is for public benefit rather than for profit and is separate from your regular business functions.
- Are you an educational institution looking to produce a community arts project that is non-profit in nature?
- Are you a tribe or Native non-profit organization?
The projects does not Support:
- Projects that are commercial in nature or money-making enterprises
- General operating support for things like planning, staffing, or marketing, unless it’s directly related to the project you are proposing.
- Expenses that aren’t directly tied to producing or presenting the project
- Charitable fundraisers, even those which include or benefit the arts
- Paying off debts, endowment building, or providing scholarships
- Projects that promote a specific political agenda or religious practice
- Payment to anyone working on the project who is a current member of the Tacoma Arts Commission or City of Tacoma employee.
For more information, visit City of Tacoma.