Location: Po Box 19780, Seattle, 98109 WA
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Reviewer 3862 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019
The application is long, detailed, and time-consuming. Get an early start on your research. Thankfully, they have moved to a two-year funding cycle, and full applications are only required every other year with a somewhat shorter interim report in the "off" year. In a full application year, you'll be invited to a 10-15 minute interview with the review panel (a.k.a. Allocations Committee). Come prepared for that--know your application content inside and out, and be ready to address any weak spots in your finances, attendance, etc.
Positive leader in the field, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive
Current or former grantee
Staff are available to answer questions during the application process, and are very helpful. But the actual decision-makers on the Allocations Committee, primarily made up of ArtsFund Board members and key figures in the corporate and philanthropic community, remain anonymous (and changes year-to-year). You don't really know who the decision-makers will be until you are in the room with them for your interview.
I appreciate that ArtsFund has broadened its equity lens and funding guidelines to include smaller organizations that were previously ineligible (or viewed as less competitive). But the original purpose of this funder--to aggregate and distribute funding from corporate sources, with a particular focus on companies that wanted to give without having to employ their own grant-making or sponsorship staff--has also broadened, and in a less helpful way. By pivoting to solicit support from foundations and individual donors as well, ArtsFund has become a direct competitor with the organizations it funds.
Per-organization funding appears to be on the decline among long-time grantees, while your expectations around the recognition and entertainment benefits you'll receive seem to be holding steady or increasing. Please consider a new balance.
Applicant does not specify a request amount; award amounts are calculated based on application score and ArtsFund's grant-making budget.
Their research and advocacy around the economic and social impact of the arts is helpful in building a case for support based on local/regional data. They also organize lobbying and advocacy efforts for organizations with pending proposals for state capital funding, which is helpful in streamlining collective efforts and creating a unified cohort.
Reviewer 5390 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018
For years where you are interviewed by the committee, start planning early. Include as many directors as needed to get input on what to prepare
Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships
Grant currently pending
ArtsFund does a fantastic job at supporting arts and culture organizations across Seattle.
Send back interview performance rating to nonprofit after grants are awarded to help with the next application.
The application is very cut and dry, but it is a lot. It will take a lot more time than you think.
Focusing on equity and inclusion in their grant requirements