Building for the Arts
Building for the Arts was created by the Legislature in 1991 to award grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations. The program awards grants to performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations for up to 20 percent of eligible capital costs for acquisition, construction, and/or major renovation of capital facilities.
Funding Availability Information
The 2015-2017 Building for the Arts (BFA) Grant is now open!
Workshops are being held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 19, 2014 at the Community Colleges of Spokane and on May 29, 2014 at the Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport.
The application deadline is Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are available online using the ZoomGrants system:
This is a reimbursement-style grant and operating costs are ineligible. The grants are funded by the sale of state bonds only. Awardees are selected through a competitive grant application process held every two years.
To apply you must create a ZoomGrants account. This is a free service for our applicants.
When in doubt, ask us questions! The ideal time to begin talking to us is before you start writing your application. Please call our staff at (360) 725-3075, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any program questions you may have.
For technical assistance with your ZoomGrants application (uploading documents, etc.) please contact Questions@ZoomGrants.com
or call 866-323-5404 x2.
Grant applications are screened by staff and then ranked by an advisory board of building for the arts experts.
There is a maximum grant award amount of $2,000,000.
Ranking criteria include:
Ability to complete the project expediently.
Organizational capacity to run the facility effectively.
Availability of other funding sources.
The state’s investment in these local projects provide:
Temporary construction jobs.
Permanent arts-related jobs.
Improved quality of life for residents.
The grants are funded by the sale of state bonds (no federal funds are involved). Projects are selected through a competitive grant application process conducted every two years by the Department of Commerce. An advisory committee evaluates and ranks the project applications. Commerce sends the list of recommended projects to the Governor for consideration in the upcoming capital budget.