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Do you need help presenting an arts event that serves your community? We fund special projects, artists’ residencies, and performances that extend the group’s usual scope. Awards range from about $250 - $1,500. 

2020 Grant information below. 2021 Grant information coming soon.


We want to promote experiences in all the arts to enhance the quality of life in our community. Non-profit organizations OR Community Groups* (see application information below) that provide arts or cultural programming for the benefit of the general public are eligible. We fund special projects, artist’s residencies, and performances that extend the group’s usual arts programming. An organization may only apply for one Community Project Grant in any one year. 

Award amounts: $250 - $1,500


Application Deadline: 5pm, Friday, November 15, 2019

Project dates: January through November 2020

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What are people saying?

Presley, Grade 5

“I am working on social skills and teaching skills…important to develop social skills so that you can communicate with other people. I may not be the best at art, but I sure love doing it!” 

[Through the Artists in Schools program]

Kate, Grade 5

“The best part about having an artist visit the classroom is the education that comes with teaching the art projects. We get to learn so much about famous artists and their work and it’s so much fun!… We learn crowd control and we have a very talkative class, so this is proving to be a very useful skill!”

Alex, Grade 5

“Our teacher has come up with a list of themes- health and nutrition, self-portraits and still life. Ms. Nataliya, our Teaching Artist creates a lesson on that theme. It makes us feel connected as a class. I love art for this reason and I hope you see now that your money is going toward a good cause.” 

Grand Application Guidelines & Information


  • Project may involve one or a combination of the arts: visual, music, theater, dance, literary, and media.

  • Project must take place in Shoreline/Lake Forest Park or primarily benefit Shoreline/LFP residents.

  • Priority will be given to projects that involve Shoreline/Lake Forest Park artists.

  • Funds may be used for specific artistic costs (i.e. guest artist fees, presentation of new work or to new audiences, royalties, facility rental, production costs, etc.) not general operating costs. Fees are for professional artists, not amateurs or students. Funds may not be used for a for-profit event.

  • Project should expand current arts experiences offered by the organization.

  • Matching Funds: Proposal must show evidence of other support such as ticket sales, sponsorships, grants, donations, or other funding sources. 

  • Nonprofit Organizations (501c3) must have been in operation for at least one year to apply.

  • Community Groups (not 501c3) must have been in operation for at least three years to apply.

  • Projects must be open, accessible, and advertised to the general public.  Printed material must state: “This project is supported in part by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.”

Review Criteria

  • Need for services: what is the evidence of public interest or demand for the service?  Is the service a duplication of service provided elsewhere?  Does it provide a unique experience in our community?

  • Artistic quality: how will the project improve understanding and appreciation of the arts?  Will the project involve recognized arts professionals?

  • Public outreach:  Is the project advertised and accessible to general as well as special needs participants?   

  • Financial need:  is the budget realistic? Is there evidence of other funding sources or in-kind support?

  • Management capabilities of applying organization/project director: board resources, skilled personnel, previous successful programs.


Projects which can not be supported include:

  • Capital projects, purchase of real property            

  • Tuition assistance, scholarships, or cash prizes to individuals

  • Projects which have already been completed            

  • Operating funds normally budgeted for a project

  • Project funding to offset regular annual deficits  

  • Projects supporting and/or promoting any religiously affiliated organization

  • Amateur activities not under the direction or guidance of recognized arts professionals

  • Projects exclusively or primarily benefiting the membership of the organization or those that preclude reasonable access by the general public

  • For profit organizations or projects

Procedures and Fund Disbursement 

  • Application must be submitted on the attached form, typed or computer generated.  

  • Please do not use binders or folders, just staple sheets together.

  • Use no smaller than 10 pt font.

  • Cover letters may be added but will not substitute for an application form.

  • Award recipients will be required to enter into a contract for services.  Any funds committed to a project will be disbursed directly to the organization or artists responsible for services rendered.  The Arts Council will require receipt of the project budget and all final evaluation materials before support funds will be released.

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For questions and submission of application, contact:

Silvia Romero, Arts Education Manager



Use school district inter-office mail or deliver to:

Shoreline Center, Arts Council Office

18560 First Avenue N.E.


WA  98155

Previous Awards


Choir of The Sound, Spring Pops Concert, “I heart Rock & Roll”  $700

Third Place Commons, Music at the Farmers Market  $400

Richmond Beach Community Association, Strawberry Festival  $500

Shoreline Concert Band, Spring Concert with Special Guest Soloist  $500


Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, Briarcrest Presents: A Storytelling Workshop $250

Choir of the Sound, “We Can’t Stop the Beat: 40 Years of Tony Awards” $500

Hopelink, Food Bank Mural $750

JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy, 2017 Cultural Heritage (A Multicultural Festival) $1,000

Kud Ljiljan, Bosnian Costumes for Youth Dance Group $500

Richmond Beach Community Association, Strawberry Festival Music $750

Shoreline Concert Band, Guest Soloist Performance and Workshop $500


Aurora Theater Company, 5th Annual Outdoor Summer Musical “Chicago”, $800

Briarcrest Neighborhood Association, “1,001 Nights” an Epic Two-Day Story Telling Event $250

Friends of Third Place Commons, Weekend Music Dance Lessons, $450

JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy, Cultural Heritage Festival, $1,000

Shoreline Community College, Opera Workshop 2018 Commission of new work, $500

Shoreline Concert Band, Winter Concert with Special Guest Soloist  $500

Youth for Culture Promotion, An Evening of Nepalese Music, $500


Dandylyon Drama, Musicals Season 2018-2019, $1,500

Edwin T Pratt Mural at Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center, $1,500

JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy, Cultural Heritage Festival, $1,000


Shoreline Arts For Justice at Shoreline Community College,  Artist Honorarium, $600

Shoreline Concert Band, Winter Concert with Special Guest Soloist  $500

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