Building for the Arts

Building for the Arts was created by the Legislature in 1991 to award grants to 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 2019-2021 Building for the Arts (BFA) Grant is now open.

To apply, please use this link to go the ZoomGrants website. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Once the agency profile has been created, select the BFA Grant, click the “Apply” button and start your proposal.

Also now available are the 2019-2021 Building for the Arts Application Guidelines.

Free Building For the Arts Application Workshops

Free BFA Application Workshops are also available to meet with staff and help answer any and all of your questions. Please RSVP for the workshop of your choice by emailing capprograms@commerce.wa.gov.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
10:00 am to 12 pm

Spokane Community College
The Lair Student Center (Building 6)
1810 North Green Street
Spokane, WA 99217
Click here for directions & parking information.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:00 am to 12 pm

Radisson Hotel-Seattle Airport
San Juan Rooms 2 & 3
18118 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Click here for driving directions.

These workshops are not mandatory, so if you cannot make it we would be happy to give you a call or an email. If you have any questions, please email cappprograms@commerce.wa.gov or call our main line at 360-725-3075, and have a great Spring!

Project Qualifications

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.

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.
  • Community  need.
  • 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.

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 capprograms@www.commerce.wa.gov with any program questions you may have.