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Washington Festival and Events Association in partnership with Washington State Department of Commerce and ArtsWA, is pleased to offer a Festival and Events Grant Program. This program supports "legacy-level" community events, including:

  • festivals
  • civic and holiday celebrations
  • cultural and heritage events
  • music festivals
  • street and art fairs
  • see full list below

"Legacy-level" refers to events that have taken place in the community for five or more years and draw visitors from outside the community. Funding supports events in communities of less than 100,000 residents (based on the 2020 Census). Funding supports the 2022 calendar year. Grants are designed to either restart and stabilize "legacy-level" festival and events suspended in 2020 and 2021, recover from disruptions and losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or both. Covered expenses include deposits on infrastructure (security, temporary fencing, staging, lights, sound equipment, etc.) and staff and labor costs. Grants range from $5,000 to $35,000. Award amounts are based on need and demonstrated losses.

The grant program’s goals to help communities recover from pandemic losses are to:

  • Increase business revenue and attendee overnight or extended accommodation stays.
  • Generate local tax revenue, and restore community-giving programs.
  • Support small businesses that depend on seasonal festivals and events to fund their operations and provide community employment opportunities.
  • Assist businesses in the tourism, entertainment, and other creative subsectors by ensuring that legacy festivals restart in a safe, sustainable, and self-sufficient manner while following CDC and state-level health and public safety guidelines.
  • Preserve the vibrancy, diversity, and growth of local entertainment and arts communities as an integral part of the state’s creative economy.
  • Stimulate new community sponsorships, in-kind donations, and monetary support to create long-term financial stability.
  • Preserve community celebrations of local history, culture, arts, music and identity.

Funding is provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce and administered by Washington Festivals and Events Association in collaboration with the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA).

Application Instructions

  • Saving: Save your application as you work on it by clicking the "Save Draft" button located at the end of this webpage. You can log out and log back in, take a break, or work on your application over several days without losing your data.
  • Collaboration: If multiple people from your organization will be contributing to your application, invite them to collaborate by clicking on the "Invite Collaborators" button located at the top right of this webpage.
  • Required Questions: Questions marked with a red asterisk '*' must be completed before you submit your application. You will not be able to submit your application if any required questions have been left unanswered.
  • Submitting: Once you have completed your Application, click the "Submit" button at the end of this webpage. You will receive an automated email confirming that your Application has been successfully submitted.
  • Print or download a copy of your Application by navigating to your "Personal Submissions" account list. Click on your Application submission. This will open up the submission's details page, where you can click the Download button in the upper right of the viewing box.
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Bruce Skinner, Washington Festivals and Events Association, at 360-441-7190 or bruce@wfea.org

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