Commerce and ArtsFund grant nearly $ 11 million in pandemic relief to Washington nonprofits
More than 700 organizations in 34 counties receive grants to help recover from impacts of COVID-19
SEATTLE, WA. – ArtsFund, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, will this week begin distributing $ 10.78 million in recovery grants to 702 nonprofits in 34 counties across the state. the Community non-profit relief Grants Program (RCN) announced on May 3, 2021 was designed to provide essential funding to non-profit arts, culture, science and heritage organizations; neighborhood associations; non-profit sports and recreation groups; and service organizations for veterans affected by the pandemic.
Applicants were asked to request between $ 2,500 and $ 25,000. Grants are awarded to each eligible organization that applied, covering more than 91% of the total funds requested. More than 70% of the winners declared pre-pandemic budgets of less than $ 500,000.
See the complete list of scholarship recipients HERE.
“At their core, nonprofits are driven by people of service to people, and their dedication throughout the pandemic has supported countless communities in providing their constituents with needed relief and recovery services.” said Michael Greer, President and CEO of ArtsFund. “ArtsFund is proud to partner with Commerce to recognize the important role that nonprofits, and in particular the arts and culture, play in maintaining thriving and vibrant communities. “
“These funds provide essential financial resources to keep people employed and active in strengthening communities and their local economies,” said Lisa Brown, Director of Commerce. “As we all reimagine our future together, the positive economic impact of these community-based grants will help maintain momentum toward the next stages of recovery.”
Almost 90% of all beneficiaries expect their income earned after the pandemic to be reduced by more than 30%.
The examples listed below reflect the depth and breadth that these awards will have on the communities they serve.
- African-American community, cultural and educational society (Franklin County) engages the community of Mid-Columbia to improve the quality of life for African Americans and to increase awareness of the participation and contributions of African Americans through cultural and educational activities and programs of sensitization.
- Walla Walla Children’s Museum (Walla Walla County) offers visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to learn, explore and imagine through interactive play.
- Spotlight on the deaf (King County) inspires and showcases Deaf culture and sign languages through the arts.
- Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (King County) integrates art, nature and the neighborhood to build and maintain a vibrant Delridge.
- Feminist Karate Union (King County) provides low-cost, high-quality karate training to people who are disproportionately victimized, including those who identify as women, children and those who experience discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.
- Haida roots (King County) preserves the endangered Haida language, connects community members living in the Seattle area to the Haida culture and language, and supports the creative evolution of new music, art and native books.
- Little League Hazel Dell (Clark County) teaches the basics of baseball in a fun, skills-based environment that allows players to enjoy the baseball experience, develop physical fitness, self-confidence, discipline and good sportsmanship in order to that they can retain these qualities in their future life experiences.
- Mi Centro (Pierce County) cultivates the advancement of Latino and Indigenous communities by providing social services and educational programs while honoring heritage and culture through the arts.
- Parasport Spokane (Spokane County) provides training, recreational and competitive opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities.
- Puget Soundworks (King County) offers an inclusive singing community where all voices are heard; an LGBTQ-friendly community open to all genders, especially transgender and non-binary singers; a community where we come together to make great music and raise marginalized voices in the pursuit of social justice.
- Serve the warriors of peace (Franklin County) places service animals with veterans who come home with war-related PTSD and other disabilities.
- Windhaven Therapeutic Riding (Clark County) promotes the healing of active duty, reserves and veterans suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other service-related injuries.
- 206 Zulu (King County) provides accessible spaces while serving communities through the uplifting, preservation and celebration of Hip Hop culture.
Grant funds can be used to cover expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant recipients cite the main uses of the funding, in order of priority, including staff salaries, programming, rent / mortgage, and reopening education and outreach communications.
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