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New Creative Equity Fund

Seattle Foundation and partners announce new grant opportunity for organizations using arts and cultures strategies to increase racial justice


July 11, 2018

Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version to reflect that the information session date has passed.

Seattle Foundation announces an innovative, new grant opportunity: the Creative Equity Fund. This fund will support arts and cultural groups creatively working to address structural racism and increase racial justice.

The Creative Equity Fund aims to direct at least $100,000 per year to support both arts and cultural groups and other community-based organizations in King County that are led by, for and about people of color and which use arts and culture strategies to work toward racial equity. The Creative Equity Fund was co-designed by a team of community members of color with experience in the arts and philanthropy. A collaborative of funders — ArtsFund, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation, Macklemore, Nesholm Family Foundation and The Boeing Company — created the initial framework, and the Fund is administered by Seattle Foundation.

“The arts are an incredibly powerful medium for telling stories and creating change. We are so excited to invest in organizations led by people of color to lift their artistic voices toward greater racial justice and equity, which makes our community stronger and more vibrant for all,” said Tony Mestres, President and CEO of Seattle Foundation.

Applications for this first year of grants are due by August 17.

From housing and homelessness to education and health, people of color in our community experience disproportionally negative outcomes across a wide range of areas. The Creative Equity Fund is designed to support and encourage arts- and culture-based strategies that build racial justice and address those disparities.

Arts and culture are powerful tools for engaging the community in collective change. They ignite civil discourse, inspire action, and help us imagine and advocate for a just world.

For more information, including the full criteria and application, please see our current grants opportunities page. The deadline to apply using our online application form is August 17.

We hosted an informational webinar about these grants on Thursday, July 26. The 33 minute session can be viewed here

Additionally, we hosted an in-person information session on Monday, August 6 at the 2100 Building in South Seattle. .

For questions, please contact grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org or 206.515.2109.

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