Arts & Culture Neighborhood Recovery Program

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Please note: this program was active during late winter and spring 2023 but is no longer accepting applications. We have left the page up for archival purposes. 

This is a City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture funded program which provides grants of up to $15,000 that can be used to carry out inclusive and creative arts and culture endeavors of any size that further the city’s pandemic recovery process. Artist groups and organizations based on Capitol Hill can apply for funding through Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center.

These activations and events seek to reach underserved communities and audiences and those most impacted by COVID-19, in particular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), low-income, and other under-served communities. Activations/events should seek to rebuild and assist in arts and culture recovery; events do not need to be entirely new events.

We suggest reading the full application guidelines and reviewing the online application before getting started on your application. You will need to include a completed application form when submitting your application. Please be sure to apply by February 13, 2023!

Who is Eligible?

  • Non-profit organizations (arts and culture, and others) focused on events/activations within Capitol Hill;
  • Small businesses with a City of Seattle business license, however, a small business who is a sole proprietor can apply but must collaborate with other individual artists or others for the proposed project;
  • Applicants can apply to more than one Lead Organization for this city-wide program, however, can receive funding from only one Lead Organization (see list of other Lead Organizations in the full guidelines);
  • Applicants should be place-based in Capitol Hill if applying through Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center, and should have a history and track record of direct connection to the arts and cultural life of the neighborhood/community.  Applicants do not need to have their primary address in the designated neighborhood/community, however, the activations must be within the Seattle city limits;
  • Activations/events must be broadly advertised and accessible to the public.  Free event admission is preferred, or using a low-cost or sliding fee scale, and events should be physically accessible;
  • Applicants must have capacity to successfully manage the proposed project, prepare regular reporting, and complete final reports due no later than September 15, 2023;
  • All events shall provide event liability insurance and name Gay City Health Project and City of Seattle as additionally insured;
  • Awarded programs will be required to follow all current Federal, State, County, and City COVID-19 mandates and protocols.  More information and in other languages are available on the City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement website.


January 17-February 13, 2023: Application open/available (includes Guidelines, Application, & Budget Template)
February 13, 2023: Application deadline. (Lead Organization may begin reviewing applications that are submitted prior to the deadline.)
February 28, 2023: Review panel meets to discuss each application in relation to the program criteria and make funding recommendations.
March 1, 2023: Applicants are notified whether they have been recommended for funding, are contracted with, and events can begin.
Ongoing: Awardees carry-out arts and cultural events.
Ongoing: Awardees submit their reporting documents to Lead Organization and final report due no later than September 15, 2023.


These are required to read prior to submitting an application!

Application Form

Download this form, fill it out, and then submit it when you’re ready.

Submit Your Application

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