Grays Harbor and Pacific County organizations were part of recent funding to support creative arts.
ArtsWA and the Department of Commerce announced the Investment of $3.405 million in relief grants.
Nearly 390 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving 32 Washington counties received a portion of this funding in recent rounds of CARES Act funding throughout Washington State.
Administered by Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in partnership with Washington Department of Commerce (Commerce), and with the support of the governor’s Office of Financial Management (OFM), the $3.405 million available in two successive grant pools will bolster organizations whose arts and creative programs employ thousands of people and contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life in communities across the state.
Locally this meant funding for 3 organizations in Grays Harbor and 5 in Pacific County.
The one-time grants were made available to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, including tribal organizations, and fiscally sponsored groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds can be used to cover pandemic-related losses during the 2020 calendar year.
In the first pool of funds, ArtsWA partnered with Commerce to provide $1.445 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations. The agencies received 387 applications and were able to fund 249 organizations. Organizations were able to request up to $10,000, and grant amounts ranged from $2,000 to $8,300. Funding was prioritized for organizations that serve under-resourced communities, culturally diverse populations, and underrepresented groups.
OFM provided a second pool of CARES funds, in the amount of $2 million dollars, to ArtsWA. These additional funds allowed ArtsWA to provide grants to the 138 organizations from the first round that were not funded and increase the awards for the 249 previously funded organizations.
The grants will support organizations all throughout the state. Approximately 58% of all grants went to organizations outside King County. In addition, 165 organizations that were funded had never received grants from ArtsWA before.
In early spring, ArtsWA received $431,600 in CARES Act funds from the Federal Government through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Monies were aimed at providing rapid-relief grants to nonprofit arts organizations.
At that time, 143 organizations from 29 Washington counties were funded.
In total, ArtsWA has disbursed $3,836,600 in CARES Act funding in 2020.
To view a complete list of organizations that received funding, please click here.