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2019 Arts Projects Funding


The Arts Projects program financially supports a variety of high quality arts projects throughout Tacoma. This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, workshops or projects that are accessible to the general public. Admission may be charged to these projects, as long as the application demonstrates public benefit (see definition in ‘About the Money’ section). The arts activity may be a one-time event or a small number of events that are closely related. It may also be an ongoing project or neighborhood public art project.


Application Workshop (optional)

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5:30 - 7 PM, Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market Street, 2nd floor, Room 248). First time applicants are strongly encouraged to send a representative to the workshop. 


Preliminary Application Feedback Deadline (optional)

October 29, 2018


Application Deadline

November 5, 2018, 11:59 PM


Funding Application Guidelines and Budget Page

Download the 2019 Arts Projects application guidelines (PDF) for complete funding information including eligibility.

Download the 2019 Arts Projects Budget Page (Excel document) to attach to your application.


About the Money

Applicants can apply for anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000 for their project. Typically, contracts average around $2,500. Contracts will specify a specific public benefit that will be provided to the citizens of Tacoma in exchange for the funding. 


Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon the availability of funds and review of each application as measured against the evaluation criteria detailed in these guidelines. Funding from year to year is not guaranteed. No funding is guaranteed until official approval of the budget by Tacoma City Council.

Applicants must employ a variety of revenue sources and in-kind support to fund their project. The full Arts Project funding amount will not be available to recipients until after their project is completed. Recipients should be prepared to cover the costs of the project until that time, but the City will work with each awardee on a case-by-case basis to try and stagger payment phases to lessen financial strain.

How to Apply

Please submit the following at www.tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit:

  • Basic contact and project information including a brief (40 words or less) overview of your project and its intent
  • Budget Page (Download the 2019 Arts Projects Budget Page), fill it out, and attach it to your electronic application) 
  • Narrative Responses (see the 2019 Arts Projects application guidelines for a list of narrative questions)
  • Written permission (email or letter) from the property owner to indicate their willingness to host the proposed project. Or, a written explanation of the preferred location along with a clear plan to secure the necessary sites/partnerships should funding be awarded. A letter is not needed if applicant organization is hosting project at a location they own.
  • Artistic Work Samples and descriptions 


For assistance, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

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Naomi Strom-Avila

(253) 591-5191