4Culture Accepting Applications


One-time grants of up to $2,000 are available for emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus and to support the creative responses cultural workers offer in times of crisis. The first round of funding will be available April 1 through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame.

Grant funds are available for cultural workers who have suffered financial hardship from the COVID-19 outbreak or have an innovative idea that shows promise in supporting other King County residents. To apply, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Individual who can demonstrate current and ongoing work in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation, or public art.
  • Full-time resident of King County, Washington.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Not enrolled in any degree-seeking program.

4Culture has committed a total of $1 million to support King County cultural organizations and workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including $150,000 for cultural workers during April and May of 2020. When this round of funding concludes, 4Culture will evaluate the need for additional support—we anticipate offering additional grant funds.

Applications that are not funded immediately will remain under consideration through May 31, 2020, and there will be no need to reapply during this time frame. However, applications from other individuals will continue to be accepted.

Grant funds are available for cultural workers who have:

  • Suffered significant financial hardship from the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus OR
  • An innovative idea that shows significant promise in supporting other King County residents significantly impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

You may NOT apply for both emergency and creative response funding. Applicants must be residents of King County, working in one or more of 4Culture’s program areas: arts, heritage, preservation, and public art.

You will need to fill out a simple application; the estimated completion time is 15 minutes. It includes questions about your need for funding which was due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or about an innovative idea that assists other residents of King County in coping with the impact of COVID-19.

For purposes of this application, “cultural worker” will be defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation, paid or unpaid, is or has been within 4Culture’s program areas: arts, heritage, preservation, and public art. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Artists
  • Staff of organizations working in the disciplines of public art, dance, theater, music, media, literature, and the visual arts.
  • Those working in the fields of heritage and historic preservation including, public history, cultural/ethnic heritage, archives, curation, museum (education, interpretation, exhibits), historic restoration, archeology, and research.

For more information and to apply, click here.