Art Grant Program

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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.  

Art Grant Steps Infographic

Learn more about the 2023 Pierce County Art Grant program and application process by watching the virtual workshop below!

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  1. About the Pierce County Art Grant Program

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 

  1. Eligibility
  1. Important Dates
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  1. Application Guidelines

Application Deadline

January 25, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Applications are available December 14, 2022 and due no later than 4:00 pm on January 25, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted online, mailed or delivered to the Economic Development office. Late applications will not be accepted. 

  • Applicant must be a tax-exempt organization incorporated as a Washington State non-profit corporation under Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination.
  • Physically located in Pierce County with programs serving unincorporated areas of Pierce County.
  • Project must occur between January 1 and December 31, 2023. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2023.
  • Projects should provide arts education, art programming, or art experiences to lower-income youth who reside in unincorporated Pierce County or to areas of Pierce County, outside of Tacoma City limits, which are under-served by arts and cultural activities in one of the following categories:
    • Student musical instruments
    • Performance arts
    • Other art disciplines
  • Funding is on a reimbursable basis; therefore, organizations must have a source of cash-flow to support their projects during the reimbursement period. 
  • Funding in a given fiscal year does not guarantee funding in subsequent years.
  • Applications may be awarded only a portion of the funding requested.
  • Pierce County Arts Commission’s funding must be acknowledged in all appropriate publications and media with the supplied logo materials.
  • Grant recipients must provide documentation of insurance coverage required by Pierce County.

The Washington State Constitution prohibits public agencies from giving gifts. The Arts Commission may only purchase specific arts services or products to benefit the citizens of Pierce County. 

Pierce County Art Grants cannot support:

  • Capital improvements, purchase real property, or support administrative costs not directly
     associated with the project.
  • Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the contract.
  • Events intended as fundraisers for any organization or person.
  • Performance events for which an admission fee is charged.
  • Services before they occur. Funds will be disbursed when the project is completed and the required final reports have been submitted and accepted.
  • Food, alcohol, ticket subsidies, or transportation.
  • Paying students for artistic services.
  • Funding scholarships.
  • Discrimination of any kind. Pierce County is committed to a policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

To view or download a PDF version of the guidelines and sample form, click here.

  1. Selection Process

Steps 3 & 4 information will be shared after grant selections have been announced.

Contact information

Mail physical locations to:

Pierce County Arts Commission

c/o Pierce County Economic Development Department

950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 525

Tacoma, WA  98402

To submit applications via email, send to: 

[email protected]


Kari Rinn, Specialist– Arts, Mon-Wed

P | 253.798.7365 

Valerie Coty, Administrative Assistant

P | 253.798.6150