The Building for Culture Program is a one-year expansion of 4Culture’s annual arts and heritage facilities grant program and will go to build new facilities as well as expand, preserve and improve existing ones. The approximately $20 million in grants will be financed by bonds backed by a portion of the County’s hotel/motel tax revenues. Grant deadline September 9, 2015.
The program is made possible by the early retirement earlier this year of bonds that originally financed Kingdome renovations. Under state law, revenues from that fund must be dedicated through the end of this year to arts and heritage facilities.
King County arts and heritage projects of every size and type will be considered, organized in a way to ensure equitable distribution of funds to organizations of all sizes and capacity and in all areas of the county.
Project budgets will determine how much funding an applicant may request:
- Projects with budgets over $10 million can receive up to 5 percent of their total budget.
- Projects with budgets from $1 million to $10 million can receive up to 10 percent of their total budget.
- Projects with budgets under $1 million can receive up to 25 percent of their total project budget, with a minimum request of $10,000.
An additional grant program, Saving Landmarks, will award funds for highly-visible, well-planned projects dedicated to the rehabilitation or acquisition of landmark properties. Saving Landmarks projects must have a minimum budget of $60,000 and demonstrate a one-to-one cash match. Owners of historic properties may request $30,000 to $250,000 for projects that are underway and close to shovel-ready.
Nonprofit organizations, public agencies and stewards of Landmark properties can apply online starting Friday, July 17. Proposals are due by Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5 pm.
More on why Building for Culture Matters: 4Culture Executive Director