Applications For 2017 Art Project Funding Now Available

art@TACOMADOTFM – The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2017. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on November 7th, 2016.

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of neighborhood festivals; arts workshops or demonstrations; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; visual art exhibits; and literary events.

Funded events must take place between January 1st and December 31st, 2017.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.

Organizations interested in applying for Arts Projects funding can find out about past funded projects, download the guidelines, and access the online application form at  Application guidelines are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or emailing

Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the application and funding process. The workshop will be held October 13th, from noon to 1:30 in Tacoma Municipal Building @ 747 Market Street, 9th floor, Visibility Center conference room.