OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Washington Festivals and Events Association (WFEA) and ArtsWA, today announced a $3.5 million grant program to assist established festivals and events in small communities.
The application portal for the grants is open on CommerceGrants.com from 8:00 a.m. on June 8. The application window closes July 1 at 5:00 p.m.
This program supports “legacy” events, festivals, civic celebrations and parties, cultural and heritage events, music festivals, and street and art fairs – those that have been taking place for five years or more – in communities of 100,000 or less.
The grants are designed to restart and stabilize those legacy festivals and events that were suspended in 2020 and 2021, recover from disruptions and losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or both. Expenses covered include deposits on infrastructure (security, temporary fencing, stage, lights, sound equipment, etc.) and staff and labor costs. Grants range from $5,000 to $35,000. Compensation amounts are based on need and demonstrated loss.
“Communities across the state have had to postpone or cancel their events and celebrations for the past two years,” said Robb Zerr, senior general manager of the Commerce Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness. “These activities are a great source of community pride and identity and the revenue generated often supports local non-profits, causes and scholarships. We are grateful to the United States Economic Development Administration for providing funds to support communities across the state. »
To provide additional technical assistance to organizations, the WFEA and ArtsWA are hosting a series of informational seminars across the state:
Noon Meydenbauer Event Center, Bellevue
Hotel at Noon Windrow, Ellensburg
8:00 a.m. Farmhouse Restaurant, Mt. Vernon
1:00 p.m. Tri-Cities Convention Center, Kennewick
10:00 am Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Center, Spokane
Applicants do not have to attend a seminar to apply for these grants. For more information, contact WFEA at [email protected] or call 360-808-3204