Art Grant Program


The Pierce County Arts Commission supports arts activities in Pierce County through its Art Grant program. The Commission works with a limited budget to assist projects that provide arts education, art programming, or art experiences for youth or to economically challenged areas within the County that are under-served by arts and cultural activities.

The application period for the Art Grant 2023 Funding Cycle closed on January 25, 2023. Grant applicants will be notified of their funding status on or around February 28.  

  Contact Us

For Grant and Reporting Questions: 
Kari Rinn | 253-798-7365 | M-W [email protected] 

For Contract and Invoicing Questions: 
Valerie Coty | 253-798-7382
[email protected]

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About The Grant Program

Learn more about the Pierce County Art Grant Program and determine your eligability


The Pierce County Art Grant program began in 1986 to increase access to the arts, develop educational programs, provide support for unincorporated and underserved areas of Pierce County and to celebrate cultural diversity.

The Pierce County Arts Commission serves the community with a mission to provide cultural enrichment for all Pierce County residents. We are committed to supporting the entirety of our community. We invite applicants to consider how their programs can help build a stronger more empathetic community with projects that are equitable and inclusive, offer opportunities for connection and relationship building, and contribute to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of our community members.

In 2021 Pierce County awarded $23,000 in grants which funded 5 projects, served 4,300 youth, and provided programming in 35 Pierce County schools.

The Commissioners

District 1 - Joyce Alvarez

District 2 - Shanna Styron Sherrell

District 3 - Codi Winans 

District 4 - Vacant  

District 5 - Mizu Sugimura

District 6 - Christopher Michael Escobedo Sr

District 7 - Kelly Johnson

At Large -  Claudia Fornasiero

At Large -  Faaluaina Pritchard 

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Timeline application support

Applications will be evaluated by the Arts Commission using a variety of criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • Artistic merit of proposed project.
  • Reach, breadth and impact of the project.
  • Provision of art programs/services to unincorporated areas of Pierce County where such services are limited or unavailable.
  • Provision of art programs/services to lower-income youth.
  • Proposed project is equitable and inclusive, offers opportunity for connection and relationship building, and contributes to the well-being of community members. 
  • Demonstrated managerial capability of the organization.
  • Contributed and earned revenues beyond funding requested from Pierce County Arts Commission.
  • Demonstrated community support for the project and/or organization.

 Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.

Applicants will be notified of award decisions on March 1, 2023.

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Managing Your Art Grant

Congratulations, you have received notification of funding, what's next?

To receive your contract:

  1. Read all the components of the sample contract to understand your contractual agreement.
  2.  Agree to a finalized Scope of Work and budget in collaboration with Pierce County Economic Development Department (PCEDD).  This will be sent to you via email.
  • Once these steps are complete, please fill out the Contract Requirement Form (CRF) here or use the link included in your scope and budget email.  You will need the following to complete your CRF.
    1. A completed W-9 form.
    2. Certificate of Insurance naming Pierce County as additional insured plus the Policy Endorsement pages. Please refer to Section G and H of the Sample Contract for the required coverage.  Certificate Holder address to use:

      Pierce County 
      930 Tacoma Ave S 
      Tacoma, WA 98402

    3. Determine your grant report deadline (this date is 30 days after the completion of your project).

    4. Schedule a date for Pierce County staff and/or Commissioner(s) to visit your organization during your grant program.

  • Contact the PCEDD team at any time with questions or concerns about your grant. Contact  information is listed at the end of this document.

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Grant Reporting

Your program has been successfully completed, how to tell us all about it. 

  • Submitting a Final Report is a contractual obligation for this grant. Final Reports must be received within 30 days following the project completion, and no later than Dec. 14, 2023 for programs that run the full calendar year. 
  • Note: Invoice submittal is part of your final report and both are required for distribution of grant funds.
  • Recipients must submit one original signed report per grant project.
  • Recipients are encouraged to utilize the Guide for Grant Reporting Success to compile their responses.
  • Answer the ‘Project Narrative Response’ section as succinctly as possible with a maximum of 3,600 characters per section or about 1 page of text. Provide the information requested in the order listed. 

Online Grant Report

  • Grant reports may be submitted using this online Grant Report Form.  
  • Online grant reports may be saved and resumed at a later time but must be received within 30 days of the project completion. 

Physical or email Grant Report 

  • If you prefer a pdf version of the grant report to be submitted via email, mail or dropped off in person, please contact the Pierce County Economic Development Department.  Contact information is provided at the bottom of this web page. Please make an appointment to drop-off reports in person.


2023 Art Grant Recipient How To Video

Congratulations, you received a 2023 Pierce County Art Grant... Now what???

To help walk you through the 2023 grant cycle, please watch the prerecorded video below. The video covers important topics like steps to receive your county contract, tracking your 2023 Art Grant and how to prepare for your grant report.