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Tacoma Creates

What is Tacoma Creates?

Tacoma Creates is a voter-approved initiative to increase access to arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences throughout Tacoma by reducing barriers to access and expanding offerings, particularly for underserved youth. Eligible non-profit arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations are able to apply for funding that helps them expand equitable access to public programs, increase opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Tacoma, expand educational options for youth, and build sustainability for ongoing cultural programs that provide value for residents throughout the City of Tacoma.

 

Tacoma Creates is administered by the City of Tacoma's Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality.

Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

COVID-19 Update Regarding Tacoma Creates

The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality is committed to supporting the Cultural Sector during the current community health crisis, and to highlighting the many creative ways in which the Cultural Sector can serve the community, needed now more than ever. The pandemic response does not change what Tacoma Creates was designed to do, it enhances the opportunity.

 

While many in-person cultural programs have had to be put on hold, the 58 organizations currently funded through Tacoma Creates are demonstrating creativity, resilience, and finding new and innovative ways to provide programming during this unprecedented time of physical distancing. They are creating and broadcasting a wide variety of online content, delivering materials for at-home learning, deepening work that addresses emerging and evolving community needs, and they are always innovating. 

As we are facing crises in health, the economy, and racial equity, we appreciate the cultural sector for helping us stay socially and culturally engaged while we are physically distanced.

Resources for Tacoma Creates Funded Organizations

List of resources for Tacoma Creates Fundees can be found below.

  

Tacoma Creates Logo and Logo Guide

Tacoma Creates-funded organizations must acknowledge Tacoma Creates in all appropriate promotional materials, public announcements, programs, advertising, and other forms of notice related to the funded programming. 

 

The Tacoma Creates logos and logo guide are available for download from Dropbox. Please do not use any other versions of the logo.

 

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Platform

The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Platform lists the opportunities available, and provides more information for Tacoma Creates-funded organizations to engage in JEDI work. This platform was developed, and is being led by Colemon & Associates. 

 

Virtual Convening - July 30, 2020

Virtual Convening - May 28, 2020


2020 Tacoma Creates Funded Organizations

The Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality recently launched the inaugural year of Tacoma Creates funding with contracts totaling just under $1 million to 58 organizations whose primary purpose is to advance or preserve arts, culture, heritage, and science. These organizations’ work includes a range of public programming for all ages, youth education programs, and a commitment to equitable and inclusive access for people throughout the City of Tacoma. The full press release has more information about this inaugural funding. To learn more about the two funding categories, click on the “Funding Categories” link below.

 

The 40 organizations in the Impact Funding category are:

The 18 organizations in the Comprehensive Organizational Support category are:

Funding Categories

Tacoma Creates funding will support public programming in Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Science, with a strong focus on equity, access, and public benefit. Funding will be allocated with five primary funding goals in mind:

  • Support public programs in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science that engage community members in Tacoma
  • Increase access to these programs, and reduce barriers to participation, especially for historically underserved populations, and within neighborhoods across Tacoma
  • Support programming by and for culturally or ethnically specific communities, and/or other underrepresented groups
  • Expand access to youth education programs in arts, culture, heritage, and science
  • Support the sustainability of cultural sector organizations in Tacoma

In 2020, eligible organizations may apply to one of two Tacoma Creates funding categories:

  1. Comprehensive Organizational Support: Open to organizations that meet all five eligibility requirements, described below in Eligibility for Comprehensive Organizational Support. Organizations that apply in this category may request up to 15 percent of their total annual budget, based on actual income in their most recently completed fiscal year, up to a maximum of $400,000 per calendar year. Applicants in this category must demonstrate organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as strong programming work in all three of these public benefit areas: Neighborhood Programming, Increasing Public Access, and Educational Programming for Youth.

  2. Impact Funding: Open to organizations that meet all five eligibility requirements, or that meet the eligibility exceptions, as described below in Eligibility for Impact Funding. Organizations that apply in this category may request a minimum of $3,000, and up to $50,000 per year for a single program or multiple programs. Applicants may propose general public programs, or youth education programs, or both, and must demonstrate a commitment to Tacoma Creates’ vision for vibrant, equitable, and inclusive cultural programs. The funding request may be a maximum of 50 percent of the total cost of the proposed programming; applicants must demonstrate at least a 1:1 match of other resources to support the project, which may include volunteer time and donated materials and space.

Organizations can submit only one application. Funding is determined through a competitive application process. The number of contracts awarded, and the funding amount for each contract, is based on availability of funds and review of each application by a review panel, based on the evaluation criteria detailed in these guidelines. Funding from year to year is not guaranteed. 

 

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for the Comprehensive Organizational Support and Impact Funding applications have now passed.

Eligibility for Impact Funding

Tacoma Creates has specific eligibility requirements, based on Washington State and City of Tacoma regulations.

 

An organization must be a group of people working together towards a specific mission or purpose, and must have an organizational bank account and a City of Tacoma business license.

 

To be eligible to apply in the Impact Funding category, your organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Primary Purpose
    Your organization’s primary purpose must be to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage and/or science; see the Definitions section for additional details.
  • Non-Profit Status
    Your organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of Washington State and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service 
    OR
    If your organization meets the Primary Purpose and Program Delivery criteria and your business address is within Tacoma city limits, you may apply with an eligible Fiscal Sponsor. Click here for more information about Fiscal Sponsorship. 
  • Location
    Your organization’s official business address is within Tacoma city limits
    OR
    Your organization’s official business address is in Pierce County, and your organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a two-year track record of providing at least 65 percent of your public programming in Tacoma, and your organization meets the Primary Purpose and Program Delivery criteria.
  • Program Delivery
    Your organization must directly provide programming or experiences to the general public within Tacoma city limits

Organizations are not eligible if they meet any of the following:

  • Any agency of the state or political subdivisions
  • Municipal corporations
  • Organization that raise funds for redistribution to multiple cultural organizations
  • Radio or television broadcasting network or stations, cable communications systems, internet-based communications venture or services, newspapers, or magazines

Special Categories

There are two additional types of organizations that are eligible to apply for Impact Funding:

  • Business District Associations and Neighborhood Councils
    Active Business District Associations and Neighborhood Councils recognized by the City of Tacoma may apply for funding for neighborhood-based arts, culture, heritage, and/or science programs or events, especially fairs and festivals, but must have a Fiscal Sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization in Tacoma that meets the Primary Purpose criteria of advancing or preserving arts, culture, heritage, and/or science.
  • Affiliate Cultural Programs Within a Larger Non-Profit
    Established and distinct cultural programs that meet the Primary Purpose, Location, and Program Delivery criteria, and are part of a larger non-profit, public-serving organization, may apply if the following additional eligibility criteria are met:
    • Independent mission: Have a published mission statement independent of the parent organization
    • Independent board: Have a board or steering committee that guides the program, independent of the parent organization’s board
    • Independent budget: Have a distinct, balanced budget, independent of the parent organization
    • Track record: Five years providing public programming in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science
    • Staff: Have dedicated, paid staff, equal to at least one full-time employee
    • Matching Funds: Provide a 1:1 cash match for Tacoma Creates funds
    • The parent organization must:
      • Be a public-serving 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) non-profit organization
      • Be based within Tacoma city limits
      • Retain no more than 10 percent of any Tacoma Creates funding to support administrative services
      • Submit a completed  Affiliate Organization Agreement

2020 Impact Funding Guidelines and Application

Guidelines 

Please refer to the Impact Funding Application Guidelines for complete information about funding priorities and how to apply.

 

Quick Guide

The Impact Funding Quick Guide provides a general overview of this funding program, along with a list of application questions and an application checklist. It is meant as a resource for organizations who would like a streamlined introduction to this opportunity, before reviewing the complete Application Guidelines.

 

Application Form
The deadline for this application has passed, and the link to this application is not available.

 

We encourage applicants to read through all of the information in the guidelines document prior to starting the online application form. Please refer to the Application Review Criteria section in the guidelines to understand how your application will be evaluated.

 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for the Impact Funding has passed. 

 

Applications received after this date will not be reviewed and will be ineligible for funding regardless of the merit of the application.

 

Funding Levels

Applicants may request a minimum of $3,000, and up to $50,000 per year for a single program or multiple programs. Applicants must demonstrate at least a 1:1 match of other resources to support the work, which may include volunteer time and donated materials and space. 

 

For this funding cycle only, applicants may request up to $50,000 for programs that occur between June 1 and December 31, 2020, and up to $25,000 for programs that happen between January 1 and June 30, 2021, for a maximum total request of $75,000. 

 

Eligibility for Comprehensive Organizational Support

Tacoma Creates has specific eligibility requirements, based on Washington State and City of Tacoma regulations. To be eligible to apply in the Comprehensive Organizational Support category, your organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Primary Purpose
    Your organization’s primary purpose must be to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage and/or science; see the Definitions section for additional details.
  • Non-Profit Status
    Your organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of Washington State and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Location
    Your organization’s official business address is within Tacoma city limits. 
  • Program Delivery
    Your organization must directly provide programming or experiences to the general public within Tacoma city limits. 
  • Track Record
    Your organization has a two-year history of providing programming or experiences to the general public in Tacoma.

Organizations are not eligible if they meet any of the following:

  • Any agency of the state or political subdivisions
  • Municipal corporations 
  • Organization that raise funds for redistribution to multiple cultural organizations
  • Radio or television broadcasting network or stations, cable communications systems, internet-based communications venture or services, newspapers, or magazines

If your organization does not meet all of the above criteria for Comprehensive Organizational Support, check out the Eligibility for Impact Funding tab to see if you are eligible for Impact Funding.

2020 Comprehensive Organizational Support Guidelines and Application

Guidelines 

Please refer to the Comprehensive Organizational Support Application Guidelines for complete information about funding priorities and how to apply.

 

Application Form

The deadline for this application has passed, and the link to this application is not available.

 

We encourage future applicants to read through the Guidelines document for more information. Please refer to the Application Review Criteria section in the guidelines to understand how your application will be evaluated.

 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for the Comprehensive Organizational Support has passed. 

 

Applications received after this date will not be reviewed and will be ineligible for funding regardless of the merit of the application.

 

Funding Levels

Applicants may request up to 15 percent of their total annual budget, based on actual income in their most recently completed fiscal year, up to a maximum of $400,000 per calendar year. 

 

For this funding cycle only, applicants may apply for up to 15 percent of their annual budget x 1.5 years, up to a maximum of $600,000 for the full contract. 

 

Application Support (Workshops, Webinars, One-on-One Support)

Application Workshops
These workshops will cover how the application process works and how to develop a strong application. All applicants are encouraged to send a representative to one of the workshops. All workshops will present the same information. These workshops are free, and you do not need to sign up in advance. We encourage applicants to read the complete guidelines in advance of attending the workshop, and come with questions. 

 

Impact Funding Workshops 

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:30–2 PM
    Fern Hill Library, 765 South 84th St., Tacoma, WA 98444
    Nearest bus routes are 1, 45, 48, 202; free parking available
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:30–7 PM
    Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 243, Tacoma, WA 98402
    Nearest bus routes are 1, 11, 13, 16; paid street parking available
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10– 11:30 AM
    Centro Latino, 1208 South 10th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
    Nearest bus routes are 28, 57; free parking available
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 5–6:30 PM
    Moore Library, 215 South 56th St., Tacoma, WA 98408
    Nearest bus routes are 1, 56; free parking available

Comprehensive Organizational Support Workshop

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5–6:30 PM
    Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 243, Tacoma, WA 98402
    Nearest bus routes are 1, 11, 13, 16; paid street parking available

To request a reasonable accommodation for these workshops, please contact the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality at (253) 591‐5191. TTY or speech to speech users please dial 711 to connect to Washington Relay Services.

Application Webinar

Staff recorded an Application Webinar, which is available to view here. Note that it is a 37-minute presentation.


One-On-One Support
Applicants are welcome to call or email Tacoma Creates staff at any time. 

For questions about your specific proposal, eligibility, or evaluation criteria, please contact: 

For general questions about the application guidelines or the online application, please contact: 

You are also welcome to schedule an appointment in advance. Staff has set aside some specific times for meetings where we can answer questions and provide feedback. These meetings are for applicants with specific questions about the guidelines or their application; please plan to come prepared with your questions.

 

If you have application materials you would like staff to review in advance, please email them to Tacoma Creates staff at least two days in advance of your appointment. Each appointment is 20-30 minutes long, and can be in person at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St.) or by phone.

 

Sign up for a time here.

 

2020 Funding Application Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My organization offers an arts/culture/heritage/science program and/or event, does this make my organization eligible for Tacoma Creates funding?

A: Not necessarily, your program or event alone does not make you eligible. Your organization's primary purpose must be to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage and/or science, and your mission statement should reflect this. You can find the definitions of arts, culture, heritage, and science on page 2 of the Guidelines, or on our website.

 

Q: Can my organization apply in both the Comprehensive Organizational Support and Impact Funding categories?

A:  No, your organization may only apply for Impact Funding or Comprehensive Organizational Support. Check eligibility criteria in the Application Guidelines to see which category is the best fit for your organization, and contact staff with any questions. 

 

Q: Should my organization apply for Comprehensive Organizational Support or Impact Funding?

A: There are strict eligibility criteria that your organization is required to meet in order to apply for Comprehensive Organizational Support, which you can check on page 4 of the Guidelines. If your organization is eligible for both, but are unsure of which category to apply in, consider your organization's capacity in being able to fulfill the requirements of each funding category.

 

Comprehensive Organizational Support requires organizations to do work in all  of the following areas: Public Programs, Neighborhood Programming, Access and Participation, Youth Education Programs, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. Impact Funding requires organizations to do work in one or both of the following areas: Public Programs and/or Youth Education Programs.

 

Another thing to consider is your organization's budget size. Generally, if your annual budget is $300,000 or less, we advise organizations to look into Impact Funding.

Slide of Comprehensive vs. Impact Funding

Q: For Impact Funding, it states that it requires at least a 1:1 match for the requested Tacoma Creates funding amount from other sources, and that we may include volunteer time and donated materials and space. Could we also include donations, grants, and ticket/registration fees as part of our match?

A: Yes! Please reference our Sample Budget Form to get a sense of how your organization may fill out this budget form.

 

Q: For Comprehensive Organizational Support, there is an Anticipated Expenses form we are required to fill out. Do the numbers have to add up to our total Tacoma Creates funding amount request?

A: No, these number do not need to add up to the amount of funding you request from Tacoma Creates. This form is primarily for administrative purposes, to help Tacoma Creates staff start to track planned expenses in certain required areas.

 

Q: Are the deadlines for the funding applications flexible?

A: No, these deadlines are firm, and the application form will close after the deadline has passed.

 

Q: My organization is fiscally sponsored and the guidelines say that our fiscal sponsor must hold the insurance that will be required for the work our organization will be doing. Does this mean that our fiscal sponsor covers the cost of our insurance?

A: Not necessarily. It is between you and your fiscal sponsor to decide. Your fiscal sponsor may charge you a fee to cover the cost of required insurance, or your organization can handle the payment of insurance. Be sure to include the cost of insurance in your project budget.

 

Q: If we are a recipient of Tacoma Creates funds, do we receive all of the money up front?
A: No. If your organization is funded, you will receive a Contract for Services from the City of Tacoma, which is different from a grant. The contract will outline specific service deliverables that your organization will need to provide to the City of Tacoma before receiving payment. Payment of the funding contract will be broken into multiple payment phases, spread out over the term of the contract. Organizations will receive final payment after services have been provided.

Q: Can our organization allocate Tacoma Creates funds towards paying staff, contractors, cultural providers, etc?
A: Yes, Tacoma Creates values the work of staff and cultural providers. We expect organizations to provide reasonable compensation for work going towards your organization’s Tacoma Creates proposal. For Impact Funding applicants, please look at the Sample Budget Form, which provides an idea on how this expense can be reflected in your organization’s budget form. 

Tacoma Creates Advisory Board

The Board consists of 12 volunteer members appointed by City Council. All members are residents of Tacoma, and have interest in, and familiarity with public programming in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science, as well as interest in Tacoma Creates goals regarding equity, access, and programs that provide public benefit for residents across Tacoma.

 

Monthly meetings are held 5:30-7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St., Room 248). Regular attendance at these monthly meetings is required. Beyond monthly meetings, Advisory Board members will occasionally participate in application review panels, and are expected to act as outreach ambassadors to arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations, and the general public.

 

Visit the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board web page.

 

For more information, contact Lisa Jaret, Tacoma Creates Program Manager, at (253) 591-5161, or LJaret@cityoftacoma.org.  

Accountability

The advisory board will help guide Tacoma Creates by advising on the guidelines and review criteria for funding programs, ensuring the fidelity of Tacoma Creates, and monitoring and evaluating program results.

Tacoma Creates will be accountable for its funding through regular reporting of expenditures and program data including measurable outcomes and records of participation. As a further accountability measure, applicants for, and recipients of, Tacoma Creates grants will be required to identify and demonstrate community benefit and efforts around equity and access.

Community Engagement

As we launch 2020 program funding, we will be looking to engage with the community in a variety of ways. One of the goals of Tacoma Creates is to support small and emerging arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations.

 

Tacoma Creates funding will increase the capacity for partnership and collaboration. Tacoma Creates expects to be a central connection point for information on both services available and community needs and/or desires. Over time, we intend to facilitate connections between the cultural sector and other organizations that are seeking to integrate more arts, culture, heritage, and/or science programming into their mix.

2019 Pilot Programs

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Tacoma Creates launched an initial pilot project to support Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) in Fall 2019. Collaborating with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the YMCA, Tacoma Creates is currently supporting high quality after-school programs at 17 Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) locations – 12 elementary schools and five middle schools. This work is aligned with the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, and is poised to grow in the coming years.

 

Organizations that are currently providing Tacoma Creates supported classes in Tacoma Public Schools include Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Centro Latino, FabLab Nonprofit, Museum of Glass, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Arts Live, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra.

 

The purpose of this program is to increase Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) students’ access to arts, culture, heritage, and science programs. Interested organizations must be willing and able to work within pre-defined parameters of the schedules and requirements of the ELO programs at specific TPS locations.

 

Participatory Budgeting

Tacoma Creates is partnering with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Centers for Excellence to provide community-driven, Participatory Budgeting (PB) projects in East Tacoma (98404) and South Tacoma (98409). Tacoma Creates has allocated $100,000 towards Participatory Budgeting projects in each neighborhood. East Tacoma and South Tacoma residents will have the opportunity to decide how to invest money to make a lasting change in their communities.

 

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. This process gives community members real decision-making power over allocated funds.

 

These neighborhoods were chosen based on the Health Department’s Communities of Focus, which is also in alignment with the City of Tacoma’s equity index.

 

Over 2,500 ideas were submitted for the two Tacoma Creates Participatory Budgeting projects in East Tacoma (98404) and South Tacoma (98409). A group of community members will be putting together proposals reflecting the ideas submitted. The community will vote on proposals in Spring 2020.

 

Contact Naveed Badri at nbadri@tpchd.org to get voting materials.

 

To receive updates on the Participatory Budgeting project, join this mailing list

 

Planning and Capacity Building Funding

Fifty-four eligible organizations were awarded Planning and Capacity Building Funding in 2019. Each organization received $10,000, which is designed to help organizations plan and prepare for Tacoma Creates-supported public programming for 2020 and beyond.

 

The list of awarded organizations include:

 

Alchemy Skateboarding

LeMay - America's Car Museum

Tacoma Historical Society

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Museum of Glass

Tacoma Little Theatre

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Northwest Repertory Singers

Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Centro Latino

Northwest Sinfonietta

Tacoma Ocean Fest

Children's Museum of Tacoma

Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma

Tacoma Opera Association

Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation

Permaculture Lifestyle Institute

Tacoma Refugee Choir

Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Puget Sound Revels

Tacoma Sister Cities Council

Creative Colloquy

RAIN Incubator

Tacoma Tool Library

Destiny City Film Festival

Rainbow Center

Tacoma Urban League

Destiny City Music Collective

Real Art Tacoma

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center

Elements of Education Partners

Symphony Tacoma

Tacoma Waterfront Association

Fab-5

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

FabLab Nonprofit

Tacoma Arts Live

Tacoma Youth Theatre

Foss Waterway Seaport

Tacoma Artwalk

Ted Brown Music Outreach

Hilltop Artists

Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Club

The Grand Cinema

Hilltop Urban Gardens

Tacoma City Ballet

The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra

Historic Tacoma

Tacoma Community Boat Builders

Theater District Associates, Dba First Night Tacoma

Job Carr Cabin Museum

Tacoma Girls Rock

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Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey

Tacoma-based arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations that provide public programming in Tacoma were invited to complete the Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey. This survey was intended to help the City of Tacoma's Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality understand the field of organizations who may be eligible to apply for Tacoma Creates funding. It also helped in planning appropriate Tacoma Creates funding programs and capacity building opportunities.

 

Benefits of Tacoma Creates

The Washington State Legislature authorized counties or cities to create Cultural Access Programs in recognition of the numerous public benefits cultural organizations provide, including:

  • Enhancing and extending arts, culture, heritage, and/or science education for Tacoma’s youth and school-age children. Cultural organizations will partner with Tacoma Public Schools and other community-based or non-profit organizations to provide both in school, after school and summer programs in every Tacoma neighborhood and offer more field trips to arts, culture, heritage, and science programs and facilities.

  • Expanding access to cultural venues and programs by economically and geographically underserved populations. Tacoma Creates support will allow organizations to expand access to free and reduced-priced admission programs, leading to increased and more equitable public participation. Everyone in Tacoma should have the opportunity to access arts, culture, heritage, and science programs and facilities, regardless of their economic means.

  • Increased services throughout our city. Tacoma Creates will support and promote cultural activities in neighborhoods that reflect our diverse cultures, lifestyles and interests, such as community festivals and street fairs, that celebrate community, provide more opportunities for creatives and cultural groups to engage, and create authentic placemaking that engages community participation.

  • Economic development. The overall economy of Tacoma will benefit given the increased economic activity generated by an enhanced arts and culture sector, greater tourism and attraction of visitors to Tacoma for cultural activities, and promotion and support for jobs in creative fields and enterprises.

Where does the funding come from?

On April 1, 2019, sales tax in the city of Tacoma increased by 0.1%, going from 10.1% to 10.2%. This equals one cent on every $10 spent. The tax is estimated to raise $5-6 million annually, which will directly fund Tacoma Creates.

History of Tacoma Creates

  • State Legislation
    • In 2015, the Washington State Legislature granted local governments the authority to create a Cultural Access Program in their county or city (RCW.36.160). Under such authority, revenue raised from a voter-approved sales or property tax increase, can be used to strengthen access to cultural, science, and heritage organizations and their activities, as well as enhance citizens’ participation in their cultural events and programs. Tacoma Creates is the Cultural Access Program created specifically for Tacoma. Read City of Tacoma Resolution No. 40046 and City Council Action Memorandum.
  • Tacoma Voter Approval
    • In November 2018, Tacoma voters approved Tacoma Creates by 67.2%, passing in every reporting precinct. The sales tax increase, authorized under Tacoma Creates, went into effect April 2019. The tax will expire after seven years unless renewed by Tacoma voters. 

Tacoma Creates Timeline

  • June 26, 2018 – Tacoma City Council unanimously passes Resolution 40046 to put Tacoma Creates on the ballot
  • November 6, 2018 – Tacoma voters approved Tacoma Creates (Proposition 1)
  • April 1, 2019 – Tacoma Creates business tax begins to be collected within the city of Tacoma
  • April 17, 2019 – Tacoma Creates Pre-Application Survey is launched
  • July 1, 2019 – First quarter of Tacoma Creates taxes begins to accumulate in City of Tacoma treasury
  • July-October 2019 – Tacoma Creates launches pilot programs
  • Fall 2019 – Development of local legislation
  • December 2019 Tacoma Creates Ordinance (Title 1, Chapter 1.55) is passed
  • Winter 2020 – Development of funding programs and application opportunities

Definitions

Arts organization” means an organization that provides programming across one or more of the following artistic fields: creative place-making, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, multi-disciplinary arts, music, media arts, theater, and visual arts.

 

Cultural organizations” and/or “cultural sector” means, collectively, organizations whose primary purpose is to advance and/or preserve arts, culture, heritage, and/or science, and who provide public programming in these areas.

 

Culture organization” means an organization that provides programming that focuses on extending or sustaining the traditions, customs, language, knowledge, skills, trades, and/or celebrate the achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social identity group.

 

Downtown core” means the area within the following boundaries: North border is 6th Avenue; East border is Thea Foss Waterway and East L Street, South border is I-5; West border is Tacoma Avenue South.

 

Map of Downtown Core

 

Equity” means minimizing historical, systematic, and institutional disparities and maximizing opportunities for all people. Equity takes into account context: history, current realities, and future outcomes. The purpose of equity in Tacoma Creates programming is to foster greater inclusiveness, increase diversity, and broaden participation in arts, culture, heritage, and science experiences.

 

Fiscal sponsorship” means a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) organization, based in Washington State, provides financial management and other administrative services for an organization that provides public benefit but lacks 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal sponsors will be eligible to receive and manage a funding contract from Tacoma Creates on behalf of the sponsored organization; fees charged by the fiscal sponsor to cover administrative fees may not exceed 10% of any funding contract.

 

Heritage organization” means an organization that provides programming that focuses on the identification, documentation, exhibition, interpretation, and/or preservation of the past, including the people, places, events, and physical spaces of any community of people.

 

Panel” means a group of individuals convened by staff to review applications or nominations using published review criteria, and make recommendations to the Advisory Board.

 

Science organization” means an organization that provides programming across one or more of the following scientific fields: physical sciences, life sciences, natural sciences, earth and space sciences, engineering, technology, and work that applies scientific methods or engineering design cycles.

 

Tacoma Creates Administration” means the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality within the Tacoma Venues and Events Department, or its successor within Tacoma’s administration.

Contact Us

Lisa Jaret

Tacoma Creates Program Manager

Email

(253) 591-5161

 

Clarissa Gines

Tacoma Creates Coordinator

Email

(253) 591-5174